Microsoft has officially
released their Media Center SideShow Gadgets for public download. The Gadgets, previously
in beta, allow you to use a SideShow device to browse the EPG, schedule
recordings, start playback of content (TV, music, videos, pictures) and more.
I’ve yet to test it, but the only thing Microsoft didn’t specifically
mention was Extender support which I hope is still present. Of course, testing the Gadgets is pretty hard
to do given the lack of SideShow devices.
Ricavision had promise, until
they went out of business (website
is now dead). Other than that, the
built-in SideShow display on the Dell XPS 420 and then Windows Mobile are
pretty much the only options.
One day SideShow will actually be worth the wait.