Microsoft is planning to release a Storage Feature Pack for Windows that will include Blu-ray mastering support among other things. Sadly this is still very far from Blu-ray Playback support which has its own set of issues.
CE Pro has had a number of Media Center posts gearing up for CEDIA. Julie says that Microsoft’s focus at CEDIA will be the custom integrator channel and not so much on the OEM only TV Pack. I know a lot of people are waiting for CEDIA because they think Microsoft is going to drop some big news about DIRECTV being included or something like that, but that is not going to happen. Everyone knows what is in the TV Pack, and there are not going to be any surprises. On the same topic it looks like Microsoft and partners might be planning a “Media Center Integrator Alliance,” which I’m sure we will hear about in the next two weeks.
Ian Dixon has had Ed Bott and Scott Bahneman, CEO of MusicGiants on The Media Center Show. I was able to catch a few minutes of the Ed Bott interview when it was on live and agree with a lot of the concepts that he was talking about. After CEDIA I will have more posts on the TV Pack.
Not sure how much I’ve highlighted some of the newer Media Center blogs that have popped up over the past few months, so here are a few that everyone might be interested in (sorry if I missed any). Olcay Buyan’s Blog, My Network Project, and Entertainment 2.0.