Upgraded Niveus Media Servers Deliver Audiophile Quality Sound

With Intel processing, Pro Audio and advanced functionality, Niveus’ 2008 product offers the highest fidelity entertainment experience. Long Beach, CA – EHX Fall 2007 – November 6-9th – Niveus Media, the leader in high-end digital entertainment solutions for the connected home, introduces the 2008 line of Media Server products. Now boasting Pro Audio and powerful Intel processing, Niveus has optimized their Media Servers to provide pristine audio and video performance for superior home theater production and remarkable whole-home entertainment. As part of the 2008 focus to develop the most refined devices for exceptional digital entertainment throughout the home, Niveus has … Continue reading Upgraded Niveus Media Servers Deliver Audiophile Quality Sound

Introducing The Niveus Media Extender – Edge

The first Windows Media Center Extender designed for the custom install channel, EDGE is ISF certified and available in time for the Holidays! Long Beach, CA – EHX Fall 2007 – November 6-9th – Shortly after the unveiling at CEDIA Expo 2007, Niveus Media, the leader in high-end digital entertainment for the connected home, formally introduces the Niveus Media Extender – EDGE. A hardware device that gives users the ability to enjoy the Niveus Media Center experience throughout the whole home, EDGE has become the first Windows Media Center Extender to receive the prestigious Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) Video Quality … Continue reading Introducing The Niveus Media Extender – Edge

Top Request List for Windows 7 Leaks; Media Center Features Look Good

Looks like a few proposed features and top user request for Windows 7 has been compiled by Microsoft, and now has been leaked.  These are supposed to apply to Windows 7, the follow-up to Windows Vista. Looking at stuff Media Center related, it sure looks like Microsoft is starting to listen.  I don’t see DVD streaming on the list, but here are some notable Media Center features that are said to be “top requests.” Media Center Television Programming Builder PIP Functionality to Media Center MCE and Screensaver/Monitor shutdown settings Provide more extensive sound mixer in Media Center Media Center – … Continue reading Top Request List for Windows 7 Leaks; Media Center Features Look Good

New Zune Players Available Tomorrow; Device Customization via New Zune Originals Store

Microsoft partners with 18 renowned artists to fuse high style with portable entertainment. REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 12, 2007 — Tomorrow, consumers ready for a richer, more connected and more personal entertainment experience will have the first opportunity to get their hands on sleek new Zune players, redesigned Zune software, and new online services including the Zune Marketplace and Zune Social, an online music community. The players — along with dozens of accessories — will be available at retailers across the United States, while the new Zune software will be available for free download at http://www.zune.net. For the first time, … Continue reading New Zune Players Available Tomorrow; Device Customization via New Zune Originals Store

Microsoft Intends to Acquire Musiwave

Acquisition of Musiwave would build on Microsoft’s commitment to deliver Connected Entertainment vision to consumers. REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 12, 2007 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it has entered into an exclusivity agreement around its intention to acquire Musiwave SA, an Openwave company and a leading provider of mobile music entertainment services to operators and media companies. The acquisition would bring Musiwave’s relationships with music labels, device makers and mobile operators that deliver digital entertainment to consumers, together with Microsoft’s Connected Entertainment technologies and services, including Windows Mobile, Zune, MSN and Windows Live. Should the transaction proceed, Musiwave would continue … Continue reading Microsoft Intends to Acquire Musiwave

Short Bits: Zune Ratings, Extender Release Date, Buy Music

In another case of Microsoft not understanding how to integrate products, it seems the Zune’s will use a brand new rating system outside of what Windows Media Player/Media Center use.  The new system doesn’t even work on a 5-star principle, instead a like it-don’t like it system will be used.  I don’t understand what is so hard to get about your products working together.  Thanks Matthew!  CostCentral is apparently expecting their stock of the Linksys DMA2200 Extender on 11/14.  I don’t know about other retailers, but I would expect retailers getting theirs in very soon.  Thanks Michael! Update: PCAlchemy has … Continue reading Short Bits: Zune Ratings, Extender Release Date, Buy Music

Short Bits: Netflix, Plug-ins, Xbox 360 DivX

Netflix posted a survey online for a few customers, and from the looks of the questions Netflix might be considering bring downloads to the Xbox 360.  Might be in addition to the rumored Netflix STB or this might be there main goal, or none of the above.  Bring Netflix streaming to an Xbox 360, TiVo, Media Center, etc would be a much better option in my mind then trying to market a different STB. Davis Freeberg noticed that the Xbox 360 might be getting DivX (MPEG-4 ASP, Xvid is also MPEG-4 ASP) support based on a conference call where JP … Continue reading Short Bits: Netflix, Plug-ins, Xbox 360 DivX

Would You Really Buy a Media Center Server?

You know, the concept of a standalone Media Center Server is interesting.  It is exactly what many enthusiasts want, and it would be logical to only have a single device instead of attempting to make the sale of a Windows Home Server and powerful Media Center PC (either desktop or standalone).  I’ve seen dozens of people bring them up at the Owen Threads , but I’m still not sure I buy it. What is the principle problem people have with Media Center right now outside of the lack of integration?  Price.  I’ve talked about it being important dozens of times, … Continue reading Would You Really Buy a Media Center Server?

Microsoft Announces Winner of Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Contest

Microsoft selects Imperium Smart Systems of Herriman, Utah, as the winner of the Ultimate Install Contest for its unique deployment of Windows Media Center in a custom home installation. LONG BEACH, Calif. — Nov. 7, 2007 — Microsoft Corp. today named the winner of its Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Contest. The announcement was made at a Microsoft-sponsored luncheon at the Electronic House Expo in Long Beach. The winning entry, submitted by Tyler Jennings of Imperium Smart Systems LLC, was for a family that was looking for a solution to integrate all their pictures, music, home videos, TV and DVDs … Continue reading Microsoft Announces Winner of Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Contest

First BOCR Details Emerge from Ceton Corp

Bidirectional OpenCable Receiver (BOCR) appears to really be picking up some speed.  I posted a few days ago about Ceton Corp new card that looked to me like a BOCR, and immediately sent off an e-mail trying to get more details.  Unfortunately for me, I haven’t received a reply.  Fortunately for everyone including me, reader Mike did get a reply a few weeks ago and sent me an e-mail with the details!  So, everyone can thank Mike for these details, not me. On known side of things, this tuner will indeed have M-Card support.  This means you will just need … Continue reading First BOCR Details Emerge from Ceton Corp