Short Bits: TV Library, DSM-750, Scripts

Andy has released a version of TV Library that doesn’t include an expiration timebomb.  While not completely polished, TV Library is a quick and easy TV cataloging plug-in done in MCML.  Download it here, and read more about the plug-in here and here. Buy.com is set to have the D-Link DSM-750 Extender for $260 once they get it in stock.  That’s not a bad deal considering the MSRP ov $300+. I doubt that Microsoft can be successful with new scripted shows specifically for download on the Xbox 360, but it is an interesting concept.  In a time where the big … Continue reading Short Bits: TV Library, DSM-750, Scripts

HP Keeps Computing Personal with Digital Storage First and Customizable PC Lineup

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 31, 2008 – HP today unveiled new customizable desktop PCs that offer a wide range of personalized features and options to fit the needs of every consumer.   The company also announced the availability of a digital storage device, the HP Media Vault mv2120, which is designed to store, protect and share digital media, as well as advanced monitors and accessories to enhance the digital lifestyle.   Whether desiring a faster processor for casual gaming or more hard drive space for storing photos, consumers can mix and match the options that appeal to their individual interests … Continue reading HP Keeps Computing Personal with Digital Storage First and Customizable PC Lineup

Okoro Media Systems Launches New High-End Media Centers with Solid State Drive Technology

Okoro Media Systems, manufacturer of Digital Entertainment Systems for the high end audio video market, is pleased to announce the availability of the ZX series of media center PCs. The ZX series represent Okoro Media’s new “Extreme” line of Digital Entertainment Systems. Each ZX model utilizes Intel® Quad Core processors, high speed solid state hard drives, and an exceptional visual experience using the latest in NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology. The ZX series will also be the first Digital Entertainment System available that allows OMS customers to choose any automotive color they desire as a standard feature.   “We now have … Continue reading Okoro Media Systems Launches New High-End Media Centers with Solid State Drive Technology

TV Wars: Media, Money and the Battle for Canada’s Airwaves

This came to one of my e-mail accounts the other day, looks very interesting considering the issues I know Canadian’s are having. ichannel Documentary Special Tonight, while Canadians settle down in front of their TVs, few will realize that a fierce battle is being waged over who will control what they get to see in their living-rooms in the future. It is a battle that pits big cable, satellite and telephone companies against the broadcasters, producers and Canadian talent. Oligopolies against small independent broadcasters…Canada against the US…and private interests versus the public good. It is a war over Canada’s airwaves.  … Continue reading TV Wars: Media, Money and the Battle for Canada’s Airwaves

AverMedia Releases QAM Plug-in for Bravo Hybrid PCIe

AVerMedia has released beta QAM plug-in/driver that work within Media Center for their Bravo Hybrid PCIe tuner card.  Much like the existing beta QAM plug-in for the AVerTV Combo PCIe x1 M780, this will enable your Bravo Hybird to tune unencrypted QAM from within Media Center. You can download the beta drivers and plug-in from AVerMedia’s FTP site at ftp.aver.com/Bravo.  Username is beta, password is betatest.  There are drivers for both 32 and 64-bit, but remember these are beta drivers so backup your system before you try anything!

Fiji Media Center Beta Inches Closer

We have been waiting for Microsoft to open the beta for Fiji, the suspected codename for the next version of Media Center for well over a year now.  I first posted about it in March of last year, with invites first opening just a month after that, and now it appears we may finally have taken a step forward. Users (who shall remain nameless, because I edited them out) at The Green Button are reporting that they have received e-mails from Microsoft Connect.  If true, this would be the first step to finally getting something in our hands to play … Continue reading Fiji Media Center Beta Inches Closer

D-Link DSM-750 Extender Now Available

We knew it was on the way, but it looks like D-Link is now shipping their DSM-750 Extender.  D-Link has the price of $329.99, but if you can wait a few more days several other retailers should be getting stock in with some listed it at as low as $250. The DSM-750 doesn’t have an integrated DVD drive, but it does have a local media playback interface with D-Link’s MediaLounge.  For the most part this means it works just like the Xbox 360 Dashboard.  Additional formats are supported using MediaLounge, but it is disconnected from the Media Center experience. Among … Continue reading D-Link DSM-750 Extender Now Available

Short Bits: On10, Media Center Show, More

On10 has video interviews with Autonomic Controls as well as Cannon PC that were posted this week.  Cannon PC has even stepped up and now is a Microsoft OEM so they can offer CableCARD. Ian Dixon has a new Media Center Show with Charlie Owen and special guest Ted Singh of Embedded Automation.  Ted is on with a short interview about their new in-wall touchscreen, and Charlie as always is on with development news and platform highlights. I’m trying out some new things in regards to authoring HD DVD and Blu-ray Discs that I hope to post on later.  For … Continue reading Short Bits: On10, Media Center Show, More

Short Bits: Life|ware, Harmony, MyNetflix

Interesting how Mike Seamons leaves Exceptional Innovation and their focus turns to everything but Media Center.  Life|ware now runs on a RTI T-2C RF remotes, so you can have an XPe Life|controller and not even use Media Center as a part of Life|ware. This is actually a great move, the advantages of home automation and lighting control comes in the various control form factors.  I don’t want to turn on a display everytime I want to control my lights, and in fact the one thing I hate about the light control that I’ve adopted (INSTEON) is a lack of controllers … Continue reading Short Bits: Life|ware, Harmony, MyNetflix

QuiiQ Slashes Prices on QuiiQ Movies

Last week I wrote about QuiiQ Movies, a new movie cataloging and management application for Media Center and the overwhelming response was “$100+, no thanks.” Well, it appears the guys at QuiiQ were listening and today dropped their price of the Base package to only $30. I still haven’t had time to give it a shot, but a few early reviews have come in with relatively good news.  I think if QuiiQ can really show the market that they are committed to the market by providing frequent updates and bug fixes then this could be a good challenger for My … Continue reading QuiiQ Slashes Prices on QuiiQ Movies