HD got some shots of PowerDVD 9, or rather what we now know is the extent
of the “native”
Media Center Blu-ray integration announced CES. Native is a bit of a stretch as I figured it
might be. Instead of native playback we
now have a native MCML UI that launches PowerDVD (a la Play Movie, TotalMedia,
etc). It’s a start, I guess. I’m not really that impressed with what is
being offered. On the plus side, word is
video decoding is pretty top notch which is good to hear.
If I can ever find time I’ve got to do an in-depth Sage TV
review. Why? Because not only have I been impressed with
them more and more over the past year but they have also just
added Blu-ray streaming to their Extenders.
That’s a huge step forward that a lot of people are looking for.
If you haven’t checked it out yet, Media
Browser is one of my favorite new plug-ins.
I don’t do a lot with ripped DVDs, but an add-in that automatically
finds cover art and metadata about my ripped content without me doing a single
thing is a beautiful thing (did it just based on folder names).
Microsoft released the February update for Media Center a
few weeks ago. Big item here is a fix
for CableCARD machines that was introduced way back in October.