CES Keynote Roundup

  • Media Center was basically a no show, not too much of a
    shock for me.  The only real Media Center
    is that Samsung will be supporting Extender’s in the future.
  • Other than that, Microsoft re-announced that HP will be
    shipping their MediaSmart HDTVs with Extender’s built-in.
  • Microsoft’s IPTV software (Mediaroom) is now on over 1
    million STBs.  Again, AT&T U-Verse is
    the only option in the US.
  • The Xbox 360 IPTV got more information.  BT in the UK will be the first allowing you
    to buy an Xbox 360 from them to use as both a gaming console and IPTV STB
    use an Xbox 360 as an STB.  Said use includes “The
    service will be available to existing and future Xbox 360 console owners,” but it is not clear for what cost/fee it will be enabled.
  • Mediaroom will also be getting some interactive TV bits from
    TNT and CNN.
  • Mediaroom (IPTV) still doesn’t work with Media Center on the
    PC
  • Mediaroom will now let you share content to other Mediaroom
    STBs
  • Over 100 million Windows Vista licenses sold to date.
  • Zune will be available in Canada in spring 2008.
  • Xbox 360 has now sold 17.7 million units
  • Disney/ABC and MGM are bring content to Xbox Live.  Still not in Media Center.

8 thoughts on “CES Keynote Roundup

  1. “Mediaroom will now let you share content to other Mediaroom STBs”

    Are you aware if this includes sharing/streaming to Media Extenders? I’d hate to invest in a house full of Media Extender TVs (like HPs) to support Media Center only to find that I have to buy new equipment to support IPTV.

    Thanks

  2. Re: BT IPTV – At first I thought this was only available to XBox units acquired from BT…not so, BT will allow their customers to enable IPTV on their existing XBox 360 units.

  3. Your right, the wording in the keynote wasn’t that great. The press release says “The service will be available to existing and future Xbox 360 console owners.”

    I don’t think Extenders are part of the mix with IPTV. Your Mediaroom STB will be used for the DVR Anywhere feature.

  4. Thanks Chris.

    “I don’t think Extenders are part of the mix with IPTV. Your Mediaroom STB will be used for the DVR Anywhere feature.”

    Seems like I’d be better off buying XBox 360s than Media Center Extenders if I want to future proof. Its a shame because I was interested in getting one of those HP TVs with built-in Media Extender.

  5. Future proof is an interesting term though. v1 Extenders seemed future proof at the time. Also, while I’m not saying Media Center is dead, based on CES Microsoft wanted to make a big splash with Mediaroom which would seem like it is a top interest. That said, for a product that is only available in 2 dozen US markets, I didn’t see why they pushed it so big at a US trade show.

  6. Assuming you have IPTV service from BT (which means you live in the UK), then according to the press release, yes. However, they did not say what it costs, if there is a fee, etc.

  7. Any ideas if DirecTV would roll out the mediaroom technologies. AT&T U-Serve is not yet in my market and not sure when it would be. Hey thanks for all the info you provide. You do a great job of keeping me current on this ever changing technology!

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