MainConcept Partners with AVerMedia on Media Center Edition Solution

MainConcept, a leading provider of codecs and video technology, announced that it has licensed its MPEG Encoder for Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Media Center Edition to AVerMedia Technologies Inc., a leading provider of digital multimedia and presentation technology. AVerMedia will implement the software codec in its MCE-certified digital home entertainment tuner cards, therefore being able to reduce their costs of this product line significantly. The MainConcept technology enables AVerMedia to provide more cost-effective and varied products with Media Center Edition compatibility for their customers worldwide. And, as the MCE market grows, MainConcept and AVerMedia will gain a competitive advantage by already offering … Continue reading MainConcept Partners with AVerMedia on Media Center Edition Solution

Xbox 360 Media Center Setup Guide

Xbox 360 Windows Media Center Setup Guide (TeamXbox) | “Although the process to connect your Xbox 360 to a computer is fast and easy, previously to performing that process you’ll need to install some software and configure your home network so that the necessary ports are open for both machines to communicate efficiently.” var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = 11967; var dc_AdLinkColor = ‘6699cc’; var dc_adprod=’ADL’;

What’s Needed For CableCARD with Media Center?

Inside DRM In Windows Vista Set-Top Boxes (ExtremeDRM) | CableLabs, the technical arm of the cable television industry, and Microsoft recently announced that the CableCARD will soon be a part of future Media Center PCs. This is considered an important move for Microsoft and those hoping to position the PC as the center of the home entertainment experience.   CableCARD Primer   So what is a CableCARD and why is it relevant? Simply stated, the CableCARD slips into some newer televisions and enables the TV to pick up digital cable service without the use of a set top box (STB). … Continue reading What’s Needed For CableCARD with Media Center?

Intel Viiv to Enable Broad On-Demand Entertainment Choice Accessible from Living Room

As part of its forthcoming Intel Viiv technology PC platform, Intel Corporation is enabling a broad choice of on-demand, Internet-delivered digital entertainment along with several options for how families view, manage and share content – options that range from a “10-foot” living room TV viewing experience in the home to laptops or handheld devices for on the go. Intel today said it is working with a wide variety of movie, music, television, gaming and photo editing companies worldwide and announced that more than 40 are already testing and verifying services and software applications to meet this objective. Intel Viiv technology, … Continue reading Intel Viiv to Enable Broad On-Demand Entertainment Choice Accessible from Living Room

First Looks at Windows Vista Media Center

First Looks at Windows Vista Media Center (ExtremeTech) | “Today, we take a look at some of these changes, from Windows Vista beta build 5231. This is an early beta (technically still Beta 1) and Vista is still a year from release, but we can already see some significant changes. If you’re an MCE user, and even if you’re not, you may be fascinated to learn where Microsoft is taking the interface.” var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = 11967; var dc_AdLinkColor = ‘6699cc’; var dc_adprod=’ADL’;

Two Thumbs Up For pcalchemy.com

While at home for the holidays, I’m setting up a new Media Center PC for my parents.  I needed a PVR-500 to get them started and ordered one from pcalchemy.com for $139.95, it was charged and shipped right away.  It got here yesterday and it works perfectly.  Two thumb up for pcalchemy.com!

LG Electronics Announces U.S. Availability of LG LRM-519 Digital Media Recorder

The world’s first dedicated “digital media recorder” with the Microsoft Program Guide service is now available at leading consumer electronics retailers nationwide, LG Electronics announced today. The LG LRM-519 Digital Media Recorder is a combination digital video recorder (DVR) and DVD recorder powered by Windows Media Center Technologies with a 160-gigabyte hard drive for unparalleled recording flexibility. Creating a new industry product category and taking home theater digital convergence to the next level, the LG LRM-519 has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $599.95. The Microsoft Program Guide service is available through three subscription options: a one-month subscription for $9.99, … Continue reading LG Electronics Announces U.S. Availability of LG LRM-519 Digital Media Recorder

The Media Center Show #34

The Media Center Show #34 | 24th November 2005 (56mins 25secs) MP3 – 19.4MB (Download Here)   This week Ian Dixon talked with Todd Bowra, Program Manager at Microsoft on the Xbox 360 Extender functions. They talked about the XBOX 360 extender function what is does and doesn’t do, the best way to hook it up to your Media Center PC and Todd’s favorite games.  In addition, news with Orb Networks and on the Media Center Awards, the vote page is up so get voting!

Xbox 360 Launches

XBOX MANIA! | Thomas Hawk has a nice collection of this past weeks Xbox 360 launch!   The Xbox 360 in Videos | Jason Dunn has a series of videos of the new Xbox 360 posted too!   “Yesterday I [Jason Dunn] took a series of video clips with my Casio S500 digital camera showing various aspects of the Xbox 360, mostly focused on it’s capabilities as a digital media playback device and a Media Center Extender for my MCE 2005 PC. The videos are all 640 x 480, and 30fps, so they’re on the large side and will take … Continue reading Xbox 360 Launches

Ricavision International Launches Internal IR Receiver

Ricavision International Launches Internal IR Receiver | Ricavision International has launched an internal IR Receiver for Media Center.  Any System Builders out there should check it out! var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = 11967; var dc_AdLinkColor = ‘6699cc’; var dc_adprod=’ADL’;