S1Digital Introduces Home Series Line of Media Centers

New York, NY, February 21th, 2007 — S1Digital, a leading builder of high-end Media Centers and Servers today launched the Home Series line of Media Centers that includes the popular Media Center Platinum Edition, Gold Edition and tiny Mini Edition. The premium Media Center Platinum Edition heads up the Home Series by packing in almost everything except the kitchen sink. Created for the discerning home theater enthusiast, the Platinum Edition features Intel Core 2 Duo processors, DVD playback with upscaled video output with optional HD-DVD or Blu-ray, up to 1 terabyte of storage, dual HDTV and SDTV tuners (record or … Continue reading S1Digital Introduces Home Series Line of Media Centers

Andrew Grant Runs Down Reasons to Stay with Media Center 2005

Andrew Grant runs down his Five Reasons to Stay with MCE 2005 today.  Cost, Extenders (or lack of), Remote Desktop, Functionality (or lack of again), and Stability (or instability) are among the reasons why he is currently staying with MCE 2005. I have still yet to upgrade to Vista fulltime.  I’ve had it install for some time now in a dual boot with MCE 2005, and everything I reboot the decision to stay with MCE 2005 overrules that of Vista.  My hardware is a bit lacking to nicely run Media Center.  That could be fixed with a cheap RAM upgrade, … Continue reading Andrew Grant Runs Down Reasons to Stay with Media Center 2005

Sidebar Gadget for Vista Media Center

Sidebar Gadget for Windows Media Center! (Ian Dixon) | Ian points to a Sidebar Gadget for Windows Vista that will be part of Doug’s WebGuide 4.  Very cool!  It can display the EPG, Recordings and Scheduled Recordings.  Not only that, it works on remote machines too!  That means you can have this gadget running on your Laptop half way across the world and still view and schedule recordings via the gadget itself.  var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = 11967; var dc_AdLinkColor = ‘6699cc’; var dc_adprod=’ADL’;

Life|Ware Chosen By The Momentum Group As MDU Automation System

Columbus, OH – February 16, 2007 – Exceptional Innovation, producers of Life|ware™ digital entertainment and automation solutions, are proud to announce that Life|ware has been chosen for all of The Momentum Group’s (TMG) Multi Dwelling Unit (MDU) projects and to interface with RITA (Residence Interactive Technology Consultant) Concierge Services. The Momentum Group, a technology integration firm specializing in custom residential and MDU technology, investigated many different systems to control their properties, and recently announced that Life|ware and Exceptional Innovation was their top choice. “The level of technology we are implementing into our projects is designed to become part of our … Continue reading Life|Ware Chosen By The Momentum Group As MDU Automation System

When Your Xbox 360 Extender and CableCARD Recordings Don’t Get Along….

Update: Update on Xbox 360 Extender with CableCARD Recordings You’re basically screwed.  Tonight is not a good night to try and find Knowledge Base Articles.  Microsoft is failing left and right to impress me, and this one is pretty serious.  Xbox 360: You receive audio but no video for digital cable TV channels that you receive by using an OpenCable Unidirectional Receiver SYMPTOMSWhen your Xbox 360 console is configured as a Media Center Extender and you watch digital cable TV that is streamed from a Windows Vista-based Media Center PC, you receive audio but no video. The screen remains black. … Continue reading When Your Xbox 360 Extender and CableCARD Recordings Don’t Get Along….

Concurrent Sessions Back In Windows Vista!

I case you missed it, Concurrent Sessions are back with Vista!  Thanks to some creative hacking of termsrv.dll you can now enjoy the exact same Concurrent Sessions hack that has been all over the web the same year or so in Windows XP.  This means that you can Remote Desktop into your Vista Ultimate machine without interrupting the other user session.  Before anyone asks, no this will not work in Vista Home Basic or Home Premium, either of those have Remote Desktop as a feature.  Only Vista Business and Vista Ultimate have Remote Desktop! Mike has the step-by-steep guide over … Continue reading Concurrent Sessions Back In Windows Vista!

I Guess I Shouldn’t Be Surprised

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that retailers can’t get it right when Microsoft can’t do the same either.  I’m interested now in OCUR + Windows Media Center support in Windows Home Basic.  I mean, “Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug in the Microsoft products that are listed in the “Applies to” section” which includes Home Basic. Does this mean I can start buying a bunch of copies of Windows Vista Home Basic and expect to use Windows Media Center in them at a later date?  Or I guess that I can expect to knock $200 off the … Continue reading I Guess I Shouldn’t Be Surprised

Automatic Commercial Skip in Media Center!

Everyone should know about DVRMSToolbox that lets you do just about anything with your Recorded TV files.  However, the more time that goes by the more I see that people are not taking advantage of what DVRMSToolbox has to offer.  Today I wanted to give everyone a basic introduction to one of the coolest features, automatic commercial skipping! DVRMSToolbox can automatically process your recordings using the Commercial Skin Add-in so that when you play them back (PC or Extender) you don’t have to touch a single button to skip commercials. Setup is very simple, download and install DVRMSToolbox and ensure … Continue reading Automatic Commercial Skip in Media Center!

Life|Ware Announces Four Builder Packages At IBS

Four package levels let builders quickly implement digital entertainment and home automation solutions into their upgrade offerings. Orlando, FL – IBS 2007 – February 7-10 – Booth W3959 or NextGen Home located in West Parking Lot D2 –  Life|ware™ digital entertainment and automation solutions announces four new Life|ware Builder packages designed to let home builders quickly offer complete digital entertainment and home automation upgrade options for their homebuyers. “Life|ware is a great solution for homebuilders because of how quickly it can be installed,” said Mike Seamons, vice president of marketing for Life|ware. “These packages really streamline the process to get … Continue reading Life|Ware Announces Four Builder Packages At IBS

The Media Center Show #95

The Media Center Show #95 | 15th February 2007 (53mins 36secs) MP3 – 18.4MB (Download Here) This week Ian Dixon talked with Rathe Hollingum a Microsoft developer from the European Development Center in Ireland about the center and what they are adding to Media Center to make it a more global product. Also email and winner of forum post of the week and details of a new competition. Checkout the new Media Center Show Community site there are a whole range of forums, blogs and other resources.  var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = 11967; var dc_AdLinkColor = ‘6699cc’; var dc_adprod=’ADL’;