AnandTech Looks At CableCARD in Vista

ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner: AMD and Dell Bring CableCARD to PCs (AnandTech) | AnandTech has an article up about CableCARD in PC’s.  It gives a nice overview of where Media Center started, and where it is now.  Not much new in terms of information on CableCARD and Media Center.  If you have been watching my posts over the last year you will basically know everything they have to say on that topic. They do however give a overview of Dell’s CableCARD ready machines.  They also go through their problems with getting a TWC to correctly install the CableCARD. … Continue reading AnandTech Looks At CableCARD in Vista

Geeks.com Does $99 v1 Extenders

Linksys v1 Media Center Extender | $99 (Geeks.com) Geeks.com has Linksys v1 Media Center Extenders for $99 again.  It’s a nice pick up it you don’t plan on upgrading to Vista right off the bat as v1 Extenders will no longer connect to Vista.  I believe they are referbs, but it doesn’t seem to note.  If you search their website you will find that they do sell referbs, at a price of $124.99, which is noted on the ad as the regular price. Happy buying, remember it doesn’t work with Vista. Thanks Valy! var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = … Continue reading Geeks.com Does $99 v1 Extenders

The Media Center Show #102

The Media Center Show #102 | 5th April 2007 (1hour 1min 11sec) MP3 – 21.0MB (Download Here) This week Ian Dixon talked with Microsoft MVP Bryan Socha about codecs also know as DVD decoders or just Decoders. These are the mysterious pieces of software that enables Windows to play different formats of media content such as DVD and recorded TV. Bryan will be explaining what there are, how they do it and some of the common issues around Decoders.  var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = 11967; var dc_AdLinkColor = ‘6699cc’; var dc_adprod=’ADL’;

Media Center Going for "Deeper Integration” With Xbox 360, Zune, and Windows Live?

I missed a post from Peter Rosser last week that pointed to a Microsoft Jobs Details webpage.  Microsoft, always growing is looking for more Media Center team members.  Peter, specially pointed to this post which could give some good details on where Microsoft is headed with Media Center. Within the job description is says “…you will design and build groundbreaking new user experiences that will be enjoyed by millions of people worldwide and further deepen our integration with other MS technologies like Xbox 360, Zune, and Windows Live.” [Emphasis mine] This could just be a blanket statement, but it could … Continue reading Media Center Going for "Deeper Integration” With Xbox 360, Zune, and Windows Live?

Gizmodo Get’s Demo of Niveus Running CableCARD

Gizmodo got their hangs on a Niveus’ CableCARD Equipped Vista Media Center the other day and shoot a video of it (Via Floppyhead).  It’s around a five minute video, too bad that the quality is very bad.  You can watch Tim demo Vista with CableCARD!  And in addition they have a few pictures of the Rainier and Denali, their dual CableCARD receiver, and even a UMPC running their Companion software. var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = 11967; var dc_AdLinkColor = ‘6699cc’; var dc_adprod=’ADL’;

Update on Stolen Images from WebGuide4 Used In MediaPortal

Should it be any shock they never released this application?  Your probably right though, nothing to hide on their part and clearly nothing was stolen in this coverup which resulted in no application being released. Update 3: Before commenting, remember that no one from MediaPortal has contacted Doug or replied to his e-mails as of 04/04/2007 at 1 pm CST Despite MediaPortal’s “mistake” saying they only “borrowed” the graphics, Doug has posted more code samples in the comments of my other post.  You can compare the code of WebGuide to the code of MediaPortal and see the similarities.  As I … Continue reading Update on Stolen Images from WebGuide4 Used In MediaPortal

MediaPortal Steals Images from WebGuide4 Developer (Rips Off Program)

Should it be any shock they never released this application?  Your probably right though, nothing to hide on their part and clearly nothing was stolen in this coverup which resulted in no application being released. Update: MediaPortal Responds!  According to them: “To be clear, these parts are gfx  only and NOT code. The reason this happened is because during development we borrowed the gfx layout of webguide4 with the intention to replace all the gfx with MP’s own ones before releasing.”  You can be your own judge based on the code below.  Update 3: Before commenting, remember that no one … Continue reading MediaPortal Steals Images from WebGuide4 Developer (Rips Off Program)

Updated: Did MediaPortal Just Rip-Off WebGuide4?

Update: Should it be any shock they never released this application?  Your probably right though, nothing to hide on their part and clearly nothing was stolen in this coverup which resulted in no application being released. I sure hope Doug is a part of this.  If not, it says a lot about MediaPortal.  Copying someone else’s work and publishing it as your own.  Not cool.  As far as I know, WebGuide is not open source. Doug (WebGuide4), please tell me you are a part of this.  If not, this is going to make me (and I’m sure Doug too) pretty … Continue reading Updated: Did MediaPortal Just Rip-Off WebGuide4?