Xbox 360 Elite Questions and Comments Answered

Lots of questions and comments about the new Xbox 360 Elite, so here is a run down with some answers. Question: is it quiet? It’s said to be the exact same hardware as the Core and Premium systems.  If you consider them to be quiet, then yes the Elite is also quite.  If you consider the Core and Premium systems to be loud, then yes the Elite is also loud. Question/Comment: Why not insist for Xbox Certification, games must be delivered on standard DVD media (for now) and if Bluray became defacto, then new models would just have a bluray … Continue reading Xbox 360 Elite Questions and Comments Answered

Is Transcoding is Here to Stay?

Yesterday I wrote about how important file format and codec support is and a few people have other thoughts on the subject.  Weldon Dodd at ReWinD says that transcoding is here to stay, mainly because of the royalties that companies have to pay for each codec that they support.  This is a good point, and is very true but I have a few thoughts on this too. There are a few things that can counter this problem.  Still on my v2 Extender rant, these royalties will already be paid when OEM’s purchase the SoC/IC/processer from Sigma.  In other words, Sigma … Continue reading Is Transcoding is Here to Stay?

DSC To Offer Life|Ware Home Automation Package

DSC security dealers can now offer their customers the best value on the most advanced security, home automation and entertainment solution in the industry. Columbus, OH – March 30, 2007 – DSC introduces tomorrow’s home today with the DSC HOME Powered by Life|ware™ solution. This product bundle brings together home security, home automation, and home entertainment; all controlled in the living room via the TV screen, digital entertainment center and TV remote control. It means the customer’s TV will become the dashboard for managing security, lighting, temperature, music, pictures, video, movies and television. Customers can conveniently control security in every … Continue reading DSC To Offer Life|Ware Home Automation Package

File Format/Codec Support Very Important in Convergence Devices

Ben at EngadgetHD asks if people want PC’s in their livings rooms, seeing as HP just dropped their HTPC-line I posed the question this morning. The first commenter on EngadgetHD replied to Ben’s notion that “most people want their home theater experiences to be drop dead simple” with “I think that’s what TiVo does. It handles limited formats, but that’s all “most people” need.” This is a critical problem that most people don’t seem to understand.  Limited formats is not “all most people need,” in fact, they need the exact opposite.  The problem with all of these devices is that … Continue reading File Format/Codec Support Very Important in Convergence Devices

HP Drops Digital Entertainment Center PC Line

If you have not heard, HP is dropping their Digital Entertainment Center PC line (Via Missing Remote).  While this is sad news, from my point of view it tells me once again that people don’t want PC’s in their living room.  HP was not the first big OEM to produce an HTPC-style machine, Gateway had an amazing one a few years ago as did other big OEM’s and they all failed to. The average consumer doesn’t want a PC in their living room.  I’m in firm belief that a huge positive factor in the Media Center platform is the ability … Continue reading HP Drops Digital Entertainment Center PC Line

Showtime Interactive in Vista Media Center

Review: Showtime Interactive in Vista MCE (Missing Remote) | Niall let everyone know Showtime Interactive had been released, and Mike at Missing Remote got the first review in.  It looks like there are still a few bugs, which is really to bad considering how long they have been planning this.  Be sure to check out the full review, because there are a lot of high points of the service.  An On-screen keyboard, ability to backup content to CD/DVD, no time limit on downloads, and Extender compability all top the list there. Full review here  var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID … Continue reading Showtime Interactive in Vista Media Center

The Media Center Show #101

The Media Center Show #101 | 29th March 2007 (1hour  33sec) MP3 – 20.8MB (Download Here) This week Ian Dixon talked with Orb’s Ian McCarthy about using Orb to get your Media Center content on to a Wii and other devices, what Orb is doing with Myspace and getting Divx video on to your Xbox 360. Alo email and news items and I also introduce a new feature on the show called “Ask Charlie Owen” var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = 11967; var dc_AdLinkColor = ‘6699cc’; var dc_adprod=’ADL’;

Microsoft Unveils Xbox 360 Elite

Microsoft Corp. today announced the upcoming availability of Xbox 360™ Elite, a new model of the video game and entertainment system that will include a 120GB hard drive, a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) port, a high-definition cable, and a premium black finish for the console, wireless controller and Xbox LIVE® headset. Xbox 360 Elite has enough space for a library of Xbox LIVE Arcade games and thousands of songs, as well as downloadable high-definition TV shows and movies available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. The new 120GB hard drive also will be sold as a stand-alone accessory to give current Xbox … Continue reading Microsoft Unveils Xbox 360 Elite

Reed Hastings Joins Microsoft’s Board of Directors

Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix just joined Microsoft’s Board of Directors.  Though on the finance committee, this could be an interesting move when you think about how it could relate in terms of media.  Will the closer connection between Hastings and Microsoft lead to integration of Netflix download service inside of Microsoft products like Xbox 360 and Media Center?  Hmmm var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = 11967; var dc_AdLinkColor = ‘6699cc’; var dc_adprod=’ADL’;

20% Off at SmartHome | Start Your Home Automation Projects

SmartHome has a 20% off sale going until the 26th.  If you are interesting in starting a home automation project with Media Center, you can pick up INSTEON, Z-Wave, X10, etc hardware for cheap. I’d suggest the mControl Software + INSTEON PowerLinc Controller for $109 after the 20% off.  You could also go for the HomeSeer + INSTEON PowerLinc Controller for under $200 (still need to buy the Media Center plug-in if you go that way). 20% is about the best you are ever going to get, so I’d jump on the offer.  var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = … Continue reading 20% Off at SmartHome | Start Your Home Automation Projects