Microsoft Releases First Details on Extenders for Windows Media Center

New devices from Cisco Systems’ Linksys division, D-Link and Niveus Media to bring the ultimate audio/video experience to any room in the home. DENVER — Sept. 5, 2007 — Watching a live TV broadcast in the living room, pausing it, and then effortlessly resuming it at the same moment from the bedroom or kitchen will soon become even easier, as Microsoft Corp. provides a first look at the new Extenders for Windows® Media Center platform, which will power a variety of devices to be released this holiday season. A wave of new cool, quiet, home-theater-quality devices from companies such as … Continue reading Microsoft Releases First Details on Extenders for Windows Media Center

Microsoft Directly Engages Custom Installers at CEDIA EXPO 2007

As support for Windows Media Center continues to grow, Microsoft announces new hardware alliances, new software capabilities and the Ultimate Install Contest. DENVER — Sept. 5, 2007 — Microsoft Corp. is exhibiting at CEDIA EXPO 2007 to build direct relationships with custom installers and illustrate the growing CEDIA channel support for home entertainment and automation systems based on the Microsoft® Windows® Media Center platform. “Our software and hardware alliances in the CEDIA market have created a huge amount of interest in Windows Media Center as the platform of choice for the digital home,” said Scott Evans, group manager in the … Continue reading Microsoft Directly Engages Custom Installers at CEDIA EXPO 2007

Short Bits: DRM, Vista SP1, Xbox 360, More

Hard to think people are just now getting around to talking about the DRM crap made by Peter Gutmann and Bruce Schneier.  I went after Schneier in Feburary, but it’s hard to imagine that these “professionals” up into the ring without knowledge of any of the real issues.  Oh well, they might be incredibility smart individuals, but maybe they should stick to cryptography.  Too bad cryptography has so many useful purpose, since it is the basis of digital rights to start with.  Ed Bott also covers this story nicely. Vista SP1 hit the web in the form of a leaked … Continue reading Short Bits: DRM, Vista SP1, Xbox 360, More

MCML-Based TV Toolbox Beta Released

Olcay just released a beta of Media Center Cutter, now dubbed TV Toolbox.  You can edit recordings, convert recordings to different formats and even define rules to automatically convert content all via a 10’ UI with your remote.  It’s an MCML-based plug-in for Vista Media Center and I must say it looks fantastic! Download the beta here (bottom of the page) and give it a shot.

Paul Thurrott Clears Up All Vista SP1 Rumors; Sort of

Paul Thurrott is doing his best to clear up all the rumors about what Vista SP1 is and isn’t.  In his Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) FAQ he sets out the “facts” in his “No rumors.  Just the FAQs” post. Hang on now, make sure you read through all the fine print in this “no rumors” FAQ.  Some classics include Paul or his source “guessing” several times, using information based on “his understanding”, along with some “based on his own” discussions or things “expected” by Paul or those sources.  Huh? I’m no “professional” journalist, but shouldn’t a “no rumors” … Continue reading Paul Thurrott Clears Up All Vista SP1 Rumors; Sort of

What’s Next For CableCARD and Vista

I might not agree with Kevin that OCAP and CableCARD 2.0 are to blame for the lack of OEM CableCARD machines, that doesn’t mean CableCARD 2.0 and OCAP are not important in the big picture.  As I have said in the past, CableCARD is a great concept.  However, while the concept is great the implementation is flawed and has been since day one.  It’s not just flawed on the PC; it is flawed in all CE devices.  This is really nothing new, just look at all the headlines around CableCARD and notice all the issues, many of them revolve around … Continue reading What’s Next For CableCARD and Vista

Short Bits: Vista Report Card, Cookbook, Upcoming Stuff

Lots of stuff that I have not got to over the past few days, so here is a run down of some of the more interesting stuff. Over at Missing Remote, Mike is an excellent 6 Month Vista MCE Report Card.  Out of all those things that were going to be new and great, it turns out that several of them have been no shows or disappointments.  Things like native 64-bit support, which when you factor in driver support is less then something to get excited about for most people.   The new start menu in Media Center, which was supposed … Continue reading Short Bits: Vista Report Card, Cookbook, Upcoming Stuff

OCAP and CableCARD 2.0 Holding OEMs Back? Nope

Kevin wonders if OCAP and CableCARD 2.0 are holding OEMs back from releasing CableCARD PCs.  I say, no way.  OCAP and CableCARD 2.0 are holding the whole cable industry back, but they have the smallest amount to do with OEMs not accepting and offering CableCARD. Why would Dell, HP, Gateway, etc care if what they sell is going to be obsolete?  The reason these guys are still in business is because a PC is obsolete the day they assemble it.  Obsolescence is their business, and it’s a fact of the industry.  More so, with television technology set to change rapidly … Continue reading OCAP and CableCARD 2.0 Holding OEMs Back? Nope

HP Drops CableCARD Again Due to "Problems with Current Configuration”

As I have talked about several times now, HP has had a hard time getting CableCARD right on their PCs.  For whatever reason, they have been going in and out of stock since the launched.  I figured the Digital Cable Tuners were just out of stock and instead of pilling up back orders they just decided to pull them from the configuration options. Well, that might not be the exact reason.  According to commenter Tony, he purchased an HP m8010y and had various problems with the machine overall.  So he wanted to exchange it for a new one and hope … Continue reading HP Drops CableCARD Again Due to "Problems with Current Configuration”