Help Build a Media Center Components Database

A new website just launched that I want everyone here to check out.  Media Center Components is a site that aims to make building Media Center PCs easier for everyone.  To do this, a database of systems and hardware is being compiled, but Paul needs your help to get it going. Please take a few minutes to submit your system specs at Media Center Components.  Categories include just about everything from Motherboards to TV tuners, and driver versions.  Once submitted, here is an example of what a file report looks like. Go ahead and take a few minutes to submit … Continue reading Help Build a Media Center Components Database

Engadget Does Vista Media Center and CableCARD

Engadget got a change to play with and have setup for them a few Dell XPS 410’s with Digital Cable Tuners (at least we know Dell is still planning PC’s with CableCARD).  The first install was crap, and they still don’t know what the issue is.  The second install went without any issues and done in under 45 minutes.  They need to take the first PC to another building to rule out issues with the cable in the building, I can bet that’s what the issue is based on reading the report. Installing a Vista CableCARD Media Center PC (part … Continue reading Engadget Does Vista Media Center and CableCARD

Life|ware Announces Life|media: High Fidelity Entertainment and complete home automation

New line of Life|media Servers are optimized for both digital entertainment and comprehensive home control. Columbus, OH – May 21, 2007 – Exceptional Innovation, makers of Life|ware™, announces the launch of a new line of Life|media™ servers, optimized for complete digital entertainment experiences and comprehensive home automation. Using benchmark internal components and the look and feel of a high-end A/V receiver, Life|media provides from 500GB to 4.5 Terabytes of storage for digital music, movies, pictures, and recorded TV as well as instant access to Life|ware’s complete home control via the user’s home network. The servers come in configurations that include … Continue reading Life|ware Announces Life|media: High Fidelity Entertainment and complete home automation

Exceptional Innovation Launches Life|media, Custom Media Center PCs

Exclusive: Exceptional Innovation to Ship 5 Media Center PCs (CE Pro) | Julie has the scoop on Exceptional Innovations new Media Center PC line that will replace the HP Digital Entertainment Center PC line that HP recently dropped as a standard Life|ware solution. Dubbed Life|media, it fits perfectly with the rest of Exceptional Innovations great product line.  PCs start at $4,500 and will have five different versions, CableCARD options all around.  An interesting addition is also built in serial ports for controlling other non-WSD subsystems, 12-volt triggers, and discrete IR ports built-in.  Of course, they come preloaded with Life|ware and … Continue reading Exceptional Innovation Launches Life|media, Custom Media Center PCs

New York Times Covers PCs In The Living Room

The New York Times has a piece on the various struggles to bring the Internet and the PC into the living room.  From using an HTPC in the basement, a Mac mini in the living room, to an Xbox in the living room, The New York Times goes mainstream with PC convergence in the home. I’m featured in the article using an Xbox to drive my content into the living room.  It’s very nice to see mainstream media cover the subject, as the two major players involved haven’t given it a big push. I talked about Apple getting advertising right … Continue reading New York Times Covers PCs In The Living Room

The Media Center Show #108

The Media Center Show #108 | 18th May 2007 (60mins 42sec)) MP3 – 29.9MB (Download Here) This week Ian Dixon talked with Andrew Van Til about his Windows Media Center utilities, one of them DVRMSToolbox is a Media Center Award Show winner, and a great tool for processing Recorded TV files.  Talk about ad skipping, tuner sharing and his other Media Center applications.  Also, email, news items and a chance to win a prize bundle including “Using Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center”

Embedded Automation Announces mControl’s Support for Windows Home Server

Surrey, BC – May 15, 2007   Today, in conjunction Mircosoft’s announcement of Windows Home Server hardware and software partners at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), Embedded Automation announced it’s popular mControl Digital Home Software will be available as a Windows Home Server Add-in. Embedded Automation’s support of the Windows Home Server platform will allow users of mControl to: Easily install mControl using the native Windows Home Server Add-in functionality Conveniently administer the mControl system using the Windows Home Server console Serve mControl user-interface clients – including via Media Center clients (Windows Vista and Windows XP Media Center Edition … Continue reading Embedded Automation Announces mControl’s Support for Windows Home Server

“Halo 3” to Make Entertainment History on Sept. 25

Countdown begins for what promises to be bigger than any movie launch in history; beta preview and collectible Zune-Halo 3 edition digital media player add to early excitement. LOS ANGELES — May 15, 2007 — In a year when Hollywood is launching its biggest blockbusters ever, a video game is set to conquer them all. “Halo® 3,” the final chapter in the groundbreaking “Halo” trilogy, is set to shatter day-one entertainment sales records when it is released worldwide beginning Tuesday, Sept. 25. Created by legendary developer Bungie Studios and exclusive to the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system, “Halo … Continue reading “Halo 3” to Make Entertainment History on Sept. 25