Short Bits: Power DVD, Sage TV, Updates

Engadget
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.

February
2009 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista

February
2009 Cumulative Update for Media Center TV Pack for Windows Vista

One thought on “Short Bits: Power DVD, Sage TV, Updates

  1. I look forward to your review of Sage. I am a former MCE user that switched to Sage since I am in Canada and Sage supports the HD-PVR which is the only way to get cable HD into your HTPC. I am very impressed with Sage – the only downside is that it is not as “pretty” as MC.

    But on the upside it is nice to have recorded TV files in MPEG or TS with no DRM and the add-in community for Sage is fantastic. The Sage extenders are great and I use four of them connected to my Sage server(which runs WHS) along with one Sage Client (aka Softsled).

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