Reminder: Upload Your Media Center Components To The Database

Please remember to take a few minutes out and upload your system specs at Media Center Components.  It will only take you a few minutes and should not only help when you are ready to build yourself a new Media Center PC, but will also help others who are looking to get started both with older hardware and with new hardware.  Once the database gets large enough, you will be able to use it to find the best hardware that has worked for others. Only takes a few minutes, check it out here.

Apple TV Gets Upgrades; Still Not For Me

Apple has just released a new revision of their Apple TV.  The main upgrade comes with the $100 160GB hard drive upgrade over the past 40GB.  You can still purchase both, 40GB for $299 and 160GB for $399.  I still say the product sucks, unless you are a big iTunes user. The other upgrade comes with YouTube support.  A nice edition to show off that 720p iTunes downloads are clearly not ready.  YouTube is a nice addition, Media Center Extender users have been able to do this for a while now and to me it’s clearly a cover feature until … Continue reading Apple TV Gets Upgrades; Still Not For Me

Microsoft Launches New Product Category: Surface Computing Comes to Life

First commercially available surface computer from Microsoft breaks down barriers and provides effortless interaction with information using touch, natural gestures and physical objects. CARLSBAD, Calif. — May 29, 2007 — Picture a surface that can recognize physical objects from a paintbrush to a cell phone and allows hands-on, direct control of content such as photos, music and maps. Today at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer will unveil Microsoft Surface™, the first in a new category of surface computing products from Microsoft that breaks down traditional barriers between people and technology. Surface … Continue reading Microsoft Launches New Product Category: Surface Computing Comes to Life

CableCARD PCs Back At HP Today

Thanks to Dan who posted in my comments of the HP Dropping CableCARD post that he was able to configure a machine again with a Digital Cable Tuner. Same price as when they were first announced, $1,500.   I guess they ran out of stock or something. Also, the Digital Cable Tuner is Part #: GL282-69001.  It is listed as not for sale via HP Parts. 

The Media Center Show #109

The Media Center Show #109 | 24th May 2007 (56mins 07sec) MP3 – 19.7MB (Download Here) This week Ian Dixon talked with MCE Integration’s  Jason Alinen about Media Center integration and his companies Ice House Media Center Jukebox.  Also an update on Ian’s prize package that includes his book “Using Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center”.

Picture-in-Picture: Would You Use It?

Picture-in-Picture is one of the most requested features that I see.  I personally don’t get PiP, never have and never will.  I’ve had PiP on various TVs in the past, but really never found a good reason to use it.  I can understand why people would, I’m just not one of them. So I have to ask, if PiP was a feature of Media Center would you use it? Part of my problem with PiP is the fact that it is going to get really difficult to manage if you have Extender’s in your home.  Say you have two Digital … Continue reading Picture-in-Picture: Would You Use It?

Is This Microsoft’s Future Media Platform/Service?

Dave Zatz wants to know what this odd trademark application is about filed by Microsoft in Australia, and frankly so do I.  Long Zheng first pointed it, and I have to say that nothing here really makes sense without stretching the imagination pretty far. First of all, Microsoft is trying to trademark an image, the “arrowheads diverging from disc” as they put it.  This is followed by the most obscure classification of what it might relate to.  Among them, “Computer software for delivery of broadcast-quality video and television programming over broadband, cable, satellite and wireless networks; computer software for providing … Continue reading Is This Microsoft’s Future Media Platform/Service?

What Should The TV Team at Microsoft Change In Media Center?

Jessica Zahn, everyone’s best friend and Program Manager on the TV Team at Microsoft is going to be doing a presentation about issues in the Media Center community relating to TV in the next day or so.  Go ahead and hop on over to The Green Button and voice your concerns about current issues, problems, or future requests and Jessica and is going pass on the issues to the rest of the TV Team. Remember, Jessica is part of the TV Team.  So your requests for non-TV items, while I’m sure they are welcome, don’t really apply to her task. … Continue reading What Should The TV Team at Microsoft Change In Media Center?

Issues with ContentLink

I’m having some issues with my ContentLink code, so it’s currently being displayed on the frontpage.  I’m trying to figure out exactly what the problem is but so far I’m not having much luck. For frequent visitors who don’t wish to view them, please hoover over one of the links and then click on the question mark (“?”) in the top right.  Scroll to the bottom of that page, and it says “…if for any reason you would like to disable ContentLink.” I’ve been playing with various things to tweak them on the site, and for whatever reason they basically … Continue reading Issues with ContentLink