FUZE Media Systems Partners with ArcSoft

Hardened Whole-Home Media System Now Available with Industry-Leading Blu-Ray San Jose, Calif., May 19, 2008 – FUZE Media Systems, makers of the industry’s most hardened whole-home media system, today announced that it has partnered with ArcSoft for Blu-Ray playback. Following the company’s recent OEM software announcement, ArcSoft is the first announced software partner that will be leveraged in both FUZE Media Systems and OEM partner media devices. Adding Blu-Ray disc playback is the latest in feature enhancements for the appliance-like media system that delivers whole-home live & recorded TV, traditional DVDs, home movies, digital photos, and music. The selection of … Continue reading FUZE Media Systems Partners with ArcSoft

Embedded Automation’s mPanel Sneak Preview

I was very excited a few months ago when Embedded Automation announced mPanel, their upcoming in-wall touchpanel for mControl.  Of course, when they announced it mControl wasn’t as feature rich as it is now so I figured it would just provide access to mControl and simple media (music) access.  But then came things like native Media Center control and an iPod touch UI which is wrapping mControl into a much more powerful package (especially for the price). Now Embedded Automation has put up a really good example of things mPanel will bring, check out the animated gif below that has … Continue reading Embedded Automation’s mPanel Sneak Preview

Short Bits: Fiji, Netflix, HD PVR

Mary Jo says Fiji is out for beta testing, but I wouldn’t know anything about that. Last night Netflix announced their first hardware partner for their stream STB, and it turns out that it is Roku.  Kind of an interesting choice, but Dave covers why some might have seen it coming.  The bad news, it is another STB.  The good news, it is only $100. Brent Evans reports that Hauppauge is close to shipping the HD PVR, while others are reporting that it will ship with 2-channel audio recording (I assume this is with their bundled software only).

More on SDV Tuning Adaptors and OCUR

Dave Zatz posted some of the first photos of the upcoming SDV Tuning Adaptor (TA) today and it brings up some interesting questions on whether or not they will work with OCURs on the PC. First, let’s take a step back to last year when I asked CableLabs if the Tuning Adaptor (formally Tuning Resolver) would work with OCURs.  The reply I received was “we [CableLabs] are working toward a two-way solution now that we have UCDP covered and we have not focused on this intermediate step.”  This was pretty clear to me that OCURs were not being targeted for … Continue reading More on SDV Tuning Adaptors and OCUR

Short Bits: Remind Me, MCEfm, MediaRoom

A few days ago I talked about a new plug-in called Remind Me which pops up reminders in Media Center for user defined events.  My main issue with the plug-in was no way to import events from something like Outlook, but as of today you can import from Outlook 2003 and 2007! Missing Remote has a nice review of MCEfm, a Last.fm plug-in for Media Center.  Verdit?  It’s approved for everyday use by Mike so you might want to check it out. Gizmodo has an overview of Microsoft IPTV platform, MediaRoom and how it beats cable and satellite services.

Short Bits: Broadcast Flag

Broadcast Flag issues?   I’d like to write a nice article about the Broadcast Flag and what it is and isn’t.  Only problem, there is no good source of factual information at all on the web.  The Wikipedia entry doesn’t cite a single source [citation needed] about the technical aspect or implementation.  In fact, that 1000+ word entry only cited five sources, all of which are related to the votes and riders in the Senate. My basic understanding of the Broadcast Flag (or most current concept) is that it does not limit recording.  The idea is to protect recordings.  Thus, the … Continue reading Short Bits: Broadcast Flag

Development Update on Open Media Library Plug-in

Open Media Library (OML), one of the most recent open source DVD library plug-ins for Vista Media Center has been under steady development and appears to be coming along nicely.  The majority of the new features and additions have been documented on Google Code, and a more in-depth overview of what they are working on has been posted at The Green Button.  Some of the top feature additions and changes are posted below as well as a screenshot of the current UI (additional screenshots here). Recent feature changes/additions MCML plug-in x86 and x64 support VIDEO_TS playback ISO image support with … Continue reading Development Update on Open Media Library Plug-in

Hauppauge Releases QAM Plug-in for Vista Media Center

Hauppauge has taken tourch from AVerMedia and created an unencrypted QAM plug-in for Vista Media Center.  It is supported on the HVR-1250, HVR-1600, HVR-1800, and HVR-2250.  Both Windows Vista x86 and x64 are supported as well, other information can be found here. This is a beta plug-in, so as always approach with caution.  You can download the plug-in here.

Xbox 360 First Gaming System to Reach 10 Million in U.S. Console Sales This Generation

Xbox LIVE tops 12 million members globally as Xbox 360 console sales hit more than 19 million worldwide. REDMOND, Wash. — May 14, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system has sold over 10 million units in the U.S., making it the first current-generation gaming console to break the 10 million mark in the U.S. The U.S. install base contributes to global sales of over 19 million, more than any other current-generation console. “This year will be the largest in the history of the video game industry, with Xbox 360 leading the … Continue reading Xbox 360 First Gaming System to Reach 10 Million in U.S. Console Sales This Generation

VidaBox Releases New TouchClient12 – an Affordable In-wall Flush-mount Touch Panel

WESTBURY, NY – May 15th – VidaBox LLC is excited to announce the new TouchClient12 in-wall touch panel computer.  Featuring a 12.1” color touchscreen and XP embedded computer, it is selling at an affordable retail price of $2499. “The TouchClient12 is the flush-mount touch panel computer solution that integrators have been asking for,” comments Steven Cheung, President of the company.  “The only connections needed are 12V low voltage power and a network connection with CAT5 cable!  Once installed, integrators can point its internet browser to web-controllable resources like CasaTunes, or install any program that runs on XP embedded, such as … Continue reading VidaBox Releases New TouchClient12 – an Affordable In-wall Flush-mount Touch Panel