The Media Center Show #87

The Media Center Show #87 | 14th December 2006 (67mins 07secs) MP3 – 23.0MB (Download Here) This week Ian Dixon talked with Tim Cutting CEO and founder of Niveus Media about Niveus’ latest products including their CableCARD, HD DVD and rack products. The Vote page is up for The Media Center Show Awards, so get voting now and enter the prize draw. Have you watched The Media Center Show Extra yet? It’s the new video accompaniment to the show.

Another Day, Another Unsupported Product | v2 Extenders To Be Vista Only

Jason points to the documentation that v2 Extenders will not be supported in MCE 2005.  This is just what we all needed, for those are not ready to move to Vista will be to stuck using the Xbox 360 as the only HD-compatible Extender. “The Media Center Extender Platform Adaptation Kit enables partners to build Extenders for use with Windows Vista. Because Extender technology is a superset of the PlaysForSure device program, these devices will also be able to connect to Windows Media Connect/Windows Media Player Network Sharing running on Media Center 2005 PCs. They will not, however, connect to … Continue reading Another Day, Another Unsupported Product | v2 Extenders To Be Vista Only

My Movies 2.20 to Support Barcode Scanning

My Movies – Home | Brian pushed out a new pre-release of My Movies 2.20 today, and among the features are barcode scanning support from your webcam.  You can also just type in the UPC code from the back of your DVD and My Movies will search for the title too. I tried the barcode scanning with my LifeCam VX-3000, but couldn’t get it to work.  No problems through, it’s a pre-release which means you should only install it if you’re an advanced user and don’t mind the potential of something getting messed up on your machine. Download it here, … Continue reading My Movies 2.20 to Support Barcode Scanning

Video Blog: Vidabox Blu-ray/HD DVD Media Center PC

Video Blog: Dual-Format Blu-ray/HD DVD Vidabox Media Center | Jason e-mailed me the other day pointing to his new video blog about Vidabox’s dual-format BD/HD DVD Media Center PC. It’s interesting to see how it all worked out.  Thanks for the code tip Susan!  [YouTube:qz5srAfRbXA]

Would You Buy a Media Center Extender TV?

Pika, the next generation of Media Center Extenders (MCX) are due out next year, and one of Microsoft’s goals for some time has been to integrate Media Center Extender technology into LCD/Plasma HDTV’s. Since it looks like Pika will actually be introducing this years after the initial concept, I’m wondering how many of you would be interested in purchasing one of these?  If there were HDTV’s with Media Center Extender’s built-in, would you rather purchase one over an HDTV without it?  Any features it must have before you would purchase?  Anyone else thinking an Extender TV at this point is … Continue reading Would You Buy a Media Center Extender TV?

The Media Center Show #86

The Media Center Show #86 | 7th December 2006 (50mins 00secs) MP3 – 17.1MB (Download Here) This week Ian Dixon talked with Brian Frost about how to get the best out of your existing Media Center investment including looking at how to connect Media Center to your existing HiFi, plus how to connect Media Center to your 5.1 surround sound systems. The Vote page is up for The Media Center Show Awards, so get voting now and enter the prize draw. Have you watched The Media Center Show Extra yet? It’s the new video accompaniment to the show.

Charlie Owen On Look & Feel In Third Party Applications

Charlie Owen is out with a new post about Why Our Look & Feel Isn’t Available To Applications.  It’s always interesting to see the thought that goes into decisions like this, however I don’t agree at all that people think it’s “boring” for third party to flow with the rest of Media Center.  From everyone I have talked with, they would rather see third party applications have UI’s that resemble the rest of Media Center. Anyway, be sure to check it out.

The Media Center Show #85

The Media Center Show #85 | 30th November 2006 (55mins 01secs) MP3 – 18.9MB (Download Here) This week Ian Dixon talked with Gregg Cannon of Cannon PC about their range of Media Center PC’s and building Media Center Servers. The Vote page is up for The Media Center Show Awards, so get voting now and enter the prize draw. Have you watched The Media Center Show Extra yet? It’s the new video accompaniment to the show.