Enterprise Deployment Pack for Windows Media Player

Enterprise Deployment Pack for Windows Media Player | The Enterprise Deployment Pack (EDP) for Windows Media Player is a downloadable packaging tool that enables network and desktop administrators to centrally configure, deploy, and manage Windows Media Player in the enterprise. The EDP offers many advantages to the enterprise, including: Gives IT pros the capability to deploy Windows Media Player in conformance with their standard software deployment processes. Provides IT pros with the flexibility to configure various settings to support existing enterprise standards and reduce support calls. Offers end users the productivity benefits of Windows Media Player. What’s new? The latest … Continue reading Enterprise Deployment Pack for Windows Media Player

NVIDIA Technology Receives Industry’s Highest Video Quality Certification for Home Theater PCs

NVIDIA Technology Receives Industry’s Highest Video Quality Certification for Home Theater PCs | NVIDIA ForceWare Release 72.14 Driver Also Offers New Extensions to Simplify the Process of Configuring HDTVs for Windows Media Center Edition PCs.   NVIDIA Corporation, a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today announced that the NVIDIA GeForce 6600 and 6800 graphics processing units (GPUs) and the NVIDIA ForceWare Release 72.14 driver are now Imaging Science Foundation Research Labs (ISF RL) certified, indicating that these products meet ISF’s standards for artifact-free film and sports viewing, superb color fidelity, quiet operation, and other home entertainment-based quality … Continue reading NVIDIA Technology Receives Industry’s Highest Video Quality Certification for Home Theater PCs

Product Management Position at Microsoft Looks Interesting…

Microsoft Jobs Product Manager: next generation DVD, DRM, UDCR and more. | Adding to the CableCARD or not in Media Center 2005 confusion, Microsoft appears to be looking for Product Manager to drive development of next generation DVD, DRM, UDCR, and more.  Not sure if the position is still open, though I’m assuming the page would not be up if it had been filled.   FYI – UDCR is Uni-Directional Cable Receiver (i.e. CableCARD)

CableCARD Moving MUCH Closer To Media Center?!

Microsoft Expected to Sign CHILA | Cable Television Laboratories Inc. is expected to announce that Microsoft Corp. will build a new class of “unidirectional” devices, meaning PCs that can display secure video programming from cable operators. Copy protection on incoming content could be applied using Windows digital-rights management on a secure connector, but other methods of DRM are not excluded. To date, Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co. Ltd., Panasonic Consumer Electronics, LG Electronics Inc. and Digeo Inc. have signed the “CHILA” agreement, which stands for “Cable Host Interface Licensing Agreement.” Am I completely wrong? or is this the key that it will come … Continue reading CableCARD Moving MUCH Closer To Media Center?!

Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Update Due In August?

Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Update Due In August | According to Neowin….   Microsoft have been steadily testing an update for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.   The update which will RTM in August is expected to include support for the upcoming Xbox 360 and the following: Native digital cable Content Protection Improve burning (DRM, network, Hi-def, DVD-RAM) MCX on WinCE clients (Babylon, TV2 as stretch goal) Playback reliability Running 3rd party apps out of proc Address top usability issues Platform Security Additional languages and locales The update is currently being beta tested and is at Beta … Continue reading Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Update Due In August?

Creative Moves To Develop non-Portable Media Center Based Devices

First Look – Creative Zen Vision (PVP) | It looks like Creative has a new portable media player in development!  What seems interesting is that it’s not (from what I can tell) a Portable Media Center.  Creative currently makes the Zen Portable Media Center, so I have to wonder if Microsoft is holding back with the platform.  When Creative is moving to develop a whole new platform not based on a Portable Media Center that they already have on the market, it would seem to me that they feel something is missing from Microsoft’s platform.  What functionality is Creative looking … Continue reading Creative Moves To Develop non-Portable Media Center Based Devices

Longhorn “Home Server” Edition?

Longhorn Server Beta 1 This Summer; Home Server a Possibility | Steven Bink has posted that we might be seeinh a “Home Server” edition of Longhorn which would undoubtedly be used to distribute digital media around the home.  This is actually something that I have thought Microsoft should do for some time now.  A central location to store media in the home would be an excellent idea!

ClearLightTV: Coming July 2005 To MCE

ClearLightTV | Not much information as of yet, but a company called ClearLightTV is planning on bring “Family Oriented TV Programming” (music videos, television shows and movies) to PC’s and Media Center PC’s.

The Podcast Network Media Center Edition

Listen to The Podcast Network on Windows Media Center | Do you listen to any of the podcasts from The Podcast Network?  If so, check out Ian Dixon’s new plug-in for browsing, and listening to your favorite podcasts from The Podcast Network.  If you don’t listen to any shows from The Podcast Network, then you need to at least give a listen to The Media Center Show!