S1Digital to Ship CableCARD Enabled Media Centers in Early May


April 25th 2007, New York, NY – S1Digital, a leading builder of high-end Media Centers announced they will be introducing CableCARD (OCUR) enabled Media Centers and Servers in early May.

Digital Cable Tuners are the “must have” technology of 2007 and will allow customers to watch and record digital cable programming, including premium HDTV channels, directly from their S1Digital Media Center without the need for a set top box. Up to two Digital Cable Tuners can be installed on each Media Center.

When coupled with Media Center Extenders (such as the Xbox 360) customers will be able to stream live TV, including HDTV, to other rooms around their home via a standard home network, providing an extremely easy to install and use multi-room video distribution solution.

Adding Digital Cable Tuners rounds out S1Digital’s already full featured solutions that include HD-DVD and Blu-ray playback, 1080p HDMI video output, 7.1 channel surround sound, multi-terabyte storage and Intel Viiv Technology. S1Digital Media Centers are powered by Intel Core 2 Duo and Quad processors and run Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate.

“We are excited to offer this new HDTV experience on our Media Centers. The inclusion of CableCARD technology is yet another example of S1Digital’s commitment to bringing the very best home entertainment solutions to our customers,” said Paul Heitlinger, S1Digital CEO and founder.

S1Digital ProLine and Home Series Media Centers with CableCARD are available for pre-order now.

For a demonstration of S1Digital’s Media Centers with CableCARD, visit the S1Digital Experience at 117 E. 7th St or Stereo Exchange, at 627 Broadway, just North of Houston St., in New York City (from the middle of May).

For further information, please visit www.s1digital.com, email sales@s1digital.com or call (888)632-6897.



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HiPe PC Launches Driv-N Line of Car-PCs Featuring Voice Control Powered by One Voice Technologies


One Voice Technologies, Inc. developer of 4th Generation voice solutions for the Telecom and Interactive Multimedia markets, and HiPe PC, manufacturer of high performance desktop, notebook, media center and professional workstations, today announced that HiPe PC has launched Driv-N(TM), a new line of in-vehicle devices based on Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center and powered by One Voice’s voice control. Starting at $799, Driv-N is the ultimate in-vehicle entertainment experience designed to fit into most vehicles and offers a brilliant in-dash 6.5″ motorized touchscreen display (Driv-N I15) and optional 15.3″ roof mount LCD for added rear passenger enjoyment. For more information about Driv-N, visit http://www.hipepc.com/store/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=102 or http://www.hipepc.com.

With Driv-N you can watch DVDs, listen to CDs, MP3s, Apple iTunes, enjoy XM online satellite radio, Internet Radio and browse the web, while remaining connected to your home or office PC in ways you’ve never imagined. Best of all, Driv-N can be controlled entirely by voice! Voice Control for Driv-N, powered by One Voice’s Media Center Communicator(TM), delivers high accuracy for a wide variety of accents, operates on simple to use voice commands and requires no voice training.

Driv-N features include:

  • Voice recognition by One Voice
  • Motorized 6.5″ touchscreen monitor
  • Integrated GPS navigation
  • High speed mobile internet access
  • AM/FM/XM Radio
  • DVD/CD/MP3/WMA/iTunes playback
  • Bluetooth hands free calls
  • Onboard OBD II vehicle diagnostics
  • Integrated rearview camera control
  • Read and send email
  • Create your own custom voice commands to launch websites and applications

“Driv-N revolutionizes the in-vehicle entertainment and navigation experience by consolidating the functionality of many devices into one affordable package,” said Richard Stenlund, Sales and Marketing Manager at HiPe PC. “Our integration with One Voice enables Driv-N users to easily and naturally navigate their digital entertainment while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.”

“We are very excited about our partnership with HiPe PC and the tremendous potential of the emerging car-pc market,” said Dean Weber, president and CEO at One Voice Technologies. “Drive-N represents the most feature rich in-vehicle entertainment and navigational system available today, and at an affordable price. We look forward to a strong and prosperous relationship with HiPe PC.”

About HiPe PC
Driv-N is the first of several new lines of personal computers by HiPe PC. HiPe PC offers unique computer technology products that include Home Theater computers, Gaming Computers and high performance Notebook PCs built from top quality components, with a strong focus on silent, high performance computing and superior customer service. For more information on HiPe PC, visit http://www.hipepc.com or call 1-888-602-6960.

About One Voice Technologies, Inc.
One Voice Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:ONEVNews) is the world’s first developer of 4th Generation voice solutions for the Telecom and Interactive Multimedia markets. Our Intelligent Voice(TM) solutions employ revolutionary, patented technology that allows people to send messages (E-mail, SMS, Instant Messaging and paging), purchase products, get information and control devices – all by using their voice. The company is headquartered in La Jolla, California. For more information, please visit http://www.onev.com.



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Upgraded to Community Server 2007

Susan and the gang just updated msmvps.com to Community Server 3.0 (2007).  Still a few things to work out (right now part of my AdSense is broken), but this should help with the slowness that I’m sure most of you noticed over the past few months.

Any problems, please let me know. 

Edit: Got AdSense working (Thanks Susan!) 

April 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista


April 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista | Microsoft has released the April 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista. This update contains several improvements, and it resolves several issues. This cumulative update is intended for computers that are running Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate.

Issues that are resolved by this update

In addition to the fixes that are contained in the updates that are listed in the “Hotfix replacement information” section, the April 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista resolves the following issues:

  • The video may appear to freeze when the movie begins in some DVDs.
  • When you rotate a picture during a slide show in Windows Media Center, the wrong photo may be rotated.
  • The cover art for recorded TV movies may not appear in the DVD library view.
  • When you delete a picture in Windows Media Center, you may receive an error message that resembles the following:

AUDIO ERROR
The Url contains one or more invalid characters.

  • When you try to play a DVD by using Autoplay, you may receive an error message that resembles the following:

Tuner not installed

Improvements that are in this update

The update also provides the following improvements:

  • Online Media support has been added for Windows Media Center on 64-bit versions of Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate.
  • Video Playlist support has been added for Windows Media Center Extenders.
  • Improvements have been made to Online Media caching.

Download via Windows Update | Download Package Here



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Control Media Center with MCE Virtual Remote


Ryan Tollefson over at The Green Button has created my new favorite application for Media Center.  MCE Virtual Remote uses Charile Kindel’s MCE Controller to create a virtual software remote that you can use for basic controller of your Media Center.

If you are like me, and always have a laptop (or a tablet) in front of your face while sitting on the couch this is must have software.  I always seem to lose my actual remotes, and this is the best backup I can have.  Another great use, and while Ryan developed it is to use it with a UMPC.

Ryan released it last night, and after playing with it I suggested that he add a minimize to tray feature for the Virtual Remote so that you could always have it running on the PC.  Apparently Ryan also liked the idea and updated the program an hour or so later with the feature.

Give it a try, free download and very useful.  While you are trying that out, you also might want to take a look at Ryan’s Group Policy for Windows Vista to replace Explorer.exe with Media Center.

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mControl v2.00 Alpha 3 with Vista Support and Conditional Macros


mControl v2.00 Alpha 3 (Registration Required) | If you are an mControl user and you are running Vista you might want to start playing the v2 which is now code complete.  x64 is not yet supported, so only x86 Vista users can try it out.  It will also install on Windows XP, but I don’t believe you get any of the new UI elements (MCML).

Embedded Automation has also added conditional macros which is my top request for mControl.  I don’t see the main one I want yet (automation based on playlist access), but it’s getting there.

Registered users can download the Alpha now, but as with all pre-release software it is not recommended for daily use.

On a related note, you can also check out mControl running on Windows Home Server.



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Joost Invite Winners Posted!


If you replied to my post about Joost Invites last week, today is the day you know if you were selected at random!  First, a background on the process.  I deleted a few posts from people who had already got invites from other sources and a few posts on people offering invites to me (keep reading for more on that).  This left a bank of 76 people, and random numbers were drawn out of this 76.  So, without further ado, here are the first three winners.

Post # 14 – eufreka
Post # 18 – Adam
Post # 65 – Frank

Congrats to all above.  I sent out your invites a little bit ago through Joost.  Now, thanks to a few other generous readers I have an additional 6 invites to give out!  The follow people have also won a Joost invite from David Case.  Your invites will be sent by David to your e-mails used in the replies.

Post # 31 – Arvid Palsson
Post # 1  -  Mariano
Post # 4 – Anders

The follow people have also won a Joost invite from Dale (dnr).  Your invites will be sent by Dale to your e-mails used in the replies.

Post # 26 – Rasmus
Post # 32 – Noah
Post # 9 -  dthigpen

Thanks to all who replied and a special thanks to David and Dale for supplying the extra invites!  If I get any more invites through Joost (or donations) I will do another post and you will need to reply again for another chance to win.  Keep a watch out here for any more chances to win and congrats to those who have already won!



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The Media Center Show #104


The Media Center Show #104 | 19th April 2007 (61min 11sec) MP3 – 22.9MB (Download Here)

This week Ian Dixon talked with Julie Jacobson Editor-at-large at CE Pro about how Professional AV installers are taking to the Vista edition of Windows Media Center and the Electronic Home Expo show last month.  Also e-mail, a winner of forum poster of the week, and a copy of Vista – Beyond the Manual to give away.



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Get Your Joost Invite Here!


I’ve got three Joost invites to give out, and since I already know so many people who would like them I figured the best thing I could be is make it a random drawing.

Reply to this post with your e-mail (Note: user [at] domain [dot] com preferred to stop spamming by bots) by Friday for your chance to win.  Winners will be drawn at random and I’ll post the winners over the weekend as well as e-mail you your invites.



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Short Bits: NAB, CableCARD PC Review, CE Pro


I might be too busy to post, but that sure doesn’t stop things from happening around us!

Microsoft at NAB 2007

DWAnderson get a CableCARD PC

CE Pro Bits



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