The Media Center Show #26

The Media Center Show #26 | 21st September 2005 (50mins 27secs) MP3 – 17.3MB (Download Here)   This week Ian Dixon talked with Declan Fitzgerald from Microsoft Ireland about job opportunities at the new development center in Ireland.   In addition, Ted Singh from Embedded Automation talks about trends from the CEDEA trade shows, and then Geoff Twibell about tagging your music collection and fixing album art!   Vote for The Media Center show on Podcast Alley!  If you have any questions regarding DRM, Ian is planning to do a DRM show soon so please send your questions in!

New Directory of Media Center Hardware and Software Partners

The Windows XP Media Center Edition team at Microsoft is creating an international partner directory for the Media Center website. The directory will feature companies creating software services, applications, and hardware that work with Media Center; it is intended as a tool for businesses looking for inspiration or resources for their own Media Center projects. To submit a listing to the partner directory, visit http://www.mediacenterpartners.com and fill out the partner directory form. Be sure to go back and update your listing if you change product versions or add functionality. You may add as many products as you’d like under your … Continue reading New Directory of Media Center Hardware and Software Partners

Thoughts and Answers on Managed Copies

I’ve been talking about the ability to legally “rip” HD-DVD’s to your hard drive for some time now, and of course today Microsoft finally made their announcement that they will pair with Intel to provide support for HD-DVD in Windows and with Intel’s Viiv-based PC’s.  I have seen many questions pop-up about some of the features and about your ability to do certain actions with the media.   Thomas Hawk had questions about the quality and file size of a “Managed Copy” over the original HD-DVD.  Ed Bott speculates that better compression will cut down the file size which is … Continue reading Thoughts and Answers on Managed Copies

Microsoft and Intel Back HD DVD

Microsoft and Intel Back HD DVD as Next-Generation High-Definition DVD Format of Choice | Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corp. today announced that they will join major consumer electronics manufacturers, content providers and other companies as members of the HD DVD Promotion Group. After extensive review, both companies determined that the HD DVD format developed by the DVD Forum meets important criteria and delivers unique advantages, including PC and connected device interoperability and an easy, affordable transition to high definition for consumers. HD DVD can bring the excitement of HD video to the consumer faster than competing formats, with the potential … Continue reading Microsoft and Intel Back HD DVD

AVerMedia To Launch MCE Media Expansion Card (PCIExpress!)

AVerMedia Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of digital multimedia and presentation technology announced today that the AVerMedia AVerTVTM MCE Media Expansion Card won the Intel Technology Innovation Accelerated (TIA) Award for the Digital Home Category. The Intel TIA award is presented each year at the semi annual Intel Developers Forum (IDF) to recognize technological advancements and innovation while building off of Intel’s new platform strategy.   The AVerTV MCE Media Expansion Card is an x16 PCIExpress dual analog TV tuner featuring hardware MPEG2 compression. The Media Expansion Card has been designed around the Intel 945G platform SDVO interface technology in … Continue reading AVerMedia To Launch MCE Media Expansion Card (PCIExpress!)

$235 Creative Zen Portable Media Center

Creative Zen Portable Media Center Model (20GB) | I just noticed that Newegg has the Creative Zen Portable Media Center for $235.99 after a $200 MIR (PDF Link).  This is about the price point that Portable Media Center should have starting shipping at.  If you want to pick one up, act quick!  The rebate is only good through the 30th.

This Is How It Should Work! Thank You

Thomas Hawk has been going on about his issues with Media Center (keep it going Thomas!!) and I would like to thank him for it.  I would also like to thank Matt Goyer, Charlie Owen, and the rest of the eHome division.   This is how it is supposed to work everyone.  Media Center has a community built around it that I have watched grow for years and years, while trying to help the growth by highly contributing my views on this blog, trying to keep The Green Button going, helping the higher end market accept Media Center and help … Continue reading This Is How It Should Work! Thank You

The Media Center Show #25

The Media Center Show #25 | 21st September 2005 (54mins 15secs) MP3 – 18.6MB (Download Here)   This week Ian Dixon talked with Ian McCarthy, VP of Product Development at Orb about the Orb services, the new API for developers wanting to create add-ins for Orb and more!   Remember, Vote for The Media Center show on Podcast Alley!   If you have any questions regarding DRM, Ian is planning to do a DRM show soon so please send your questions in! var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = 11967; var dc_AdLinkColor = ‘6699cc’; var dc_adprod=’ADL’;

NVIDIA’s Next Gen Dual PVR Card

NVIDIA Next Gen Dual PVR Card | HTPCnews posted a bit about NVIDIA’s plans to offer a new dual tuner PVR card.  According to the PowerPoint slides it will feature the following… PureVideo™ 3D Comb Filter (No Chroma Artifacts) PureVideo™ 3D Noise Reduction In-line TV Amp Hardware MPEG Encoder ISF Certification MediaSqueeze™ And more! var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = 11967; var dc_AdLinkColor = ‘6699cc’; var dc_adprod=’ADL’;