Media Pack for Windows XP N (KB886540)

Update for Windows XP (KB886540) | Installation of the Media Pack will ensure that software programs and Web sites that rely on Windows Media Player, as defined by the European Commission, work properly. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. Once you have installed this item, it cannot be removed.   Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP Service Pack 2 (Windows XP Home Edition N & Windows XP Professional N)

Why New “Interoperable DRM” Doesn’t Work

The concept of Interoperable DRM is great!  Access all your protected anywhere, on any device.  Licensing fees are generally cut for makers/users of the devices and thus everyone wins, right?  Wrong.   If an Interoperable DRM standard had been set 5 years before the big boom (if you can call it that) happened with online music and video, Interoperable DRM would have worked.  The problem now is rather simple, unless the entire market adopts these Interoperable DRM standards, the market doesn’t change.  If Apple doesn’t adopt Interoperable DRM for their iTunes Music Store, Interoperable DRM has failed to accomplish its … Continue reading Why New “Interoperable DRM” Doesn’t Work

CyberLink Launches Media Center MPEG-2 Software Encoder

CyberLink Corp., a leading developer in providing integrated solutions for the Digital Home, announced today the development of an MPEG-2 software encoder plug-in for the Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (MCE) and its upcoming update Rollup 2 version.  This plug-in drastically reduces costs for tuner card manufacturers by avoiding reliance on hardware chipsets when recording TV content with  MPEG-2 video and audio quality.   The major trend in the consumer PC market is the ability to record live TV content. Previously, TV tuner cards utilized hardware encoding due to insufficient chipset speed and computing power, which curtailed demand and … Continue reading CyberLink Launches Media Center MPEG-2 Software Encoder

PlaysForSure Portable Device and Service Test Kits

PlaysForSure Portable Device Test Kit | Microsoft has established the PlaysForSure program to establish compatibility between music or video device and online stores that sell digital music and video using Windows Media technologies. If you are designing or manufacturing a portable media player device, you can use the PlaysForSure Portable Device Test Kit to verify that your device is compliant with the requirements of the PlaysForSure logo program. Please note that you must have a fully executed PlaysForSure Logo License Agreement in place with Microsoft prior to using the logo on your products or marketing materials.   PlaysForSure Service Test … Continue reading PlaysForSure Portable Device and Service Test Kits

The Media Center Show #21

The Media Center Show #21 | 17th August 2005 (1 Hour 37sec) MP3 – 20.8MB (Download Here)   This week Ian Dixon talked with Rob Enderle, Principal Analyst of the Enderle Group about the TV industry, the Movie industry, the music industry, Vista, extenders and oh we just fit in Media Center 🙂   Also winners of mNewsCenter, a tip from Jason Hinchliffe, and of course some Media Center news.   Remember, Vote for The Media Center show on Podcast Alley!

Niveus Media Denali Edition First To Pass ISF RL Certification

The Niveus Media Center – Denali Edition receives official notice as the first Media Center PC to pass Imaging Science Foundation Research Labs Testing | Niveus Media, Inc., manufacturer of media entertainment devices for the high-end audio/video market, has received Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) certification that the Niveus Media Center – Denali Edition meets the metrics and specifications that define the best video performance available for consumers. Since 1994, ISF has provided comprehensive testing and certification of performance quality, and a publicly recognized logo program for high-end consumer electronics products that consumers identify with superior quality. ISF RL certification guides consumers … Continue reading Niveus Media Denali Edition First To Pass ISF RL Certification

Microsoft Announces Xbox 360 Price for Europe and North America

Microsoft Announces Xbox 360 Price for Europe and North America: Starts at $299.99 U.S./€299.99/£209.99 | Ending weeks of speculation about which upcoming video game platform will give gamers the most bang for their buck, today at the German Games Convention, Microsoft Corp. revealed that consumers can get their hands on Xbox 360™ — the most powerful and feature-packed next-generation video game and entertainment system — for as little as $299.99 U.S./€299.99/£209.99 starting this holiday season. For gamers who want to experience the ultimate digital entertainment thrill ride, Microsoft also announced a model with hundreds of dollars worth of accessories for … Continue reading Microsoft Announces Xbox 360 Price for Europe and North America

Vista Media Center SKU?

There will be a Media Center SKU (Ian Dixon) | Ian Dixon points to an IT Weekly article with some points from Steve Ballmer including the articling saying…“Other editions for home users, tablet PCs and media center entertainment PCs would join the premium editions of the upgrades.”

Disable Most Recently Used Media In MCE 2005 (Or Add Functionality!)

Some people might like how Media Center remembers your most recently played media on the Start Page.  I however, hate it!  Here’s how you can disable it, and Matt you can add this to your pile of suggestions for the next version of TweakMCE.  I know it can be done now. 😉   Start | Run | Type “regedit” Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\MRU Delete the current MRU objects for PicturesMRU, VideosMRU Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Settings\Audio\MRU Delete the current objects Right click on HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Settings\Audio\MRU and choose Permissions Click on Advancted Highlight your Username and click Edit Check “Deny” for Set Vaule … Continue reading Disable Most Recently Used Media In MCE 2005 (Or Add Functionality!)