VidaBox RoomClientHD Supports Blu-ray & DVD Streaming in Full 1080p

New VidaBox RoomClientHD™ supports Blu-ray & DVD streaming in full 1080p with HD audio support – all in a miniature, palm-sized package Westbury, NY – September 29th – VidaBox is proud to announce the new RoomClientHD™, a 2″ tall, palm-sized media extender that provides Blu-ray & DVD streaming support for full 1080p and lossless audio codecs.  Designed to be easily hidden behind any HDTV, this breakthrough extender allows any room to get instant, on-demand access to any content stored on a VidaBox media server. “We’re thrilled to finally offer an ultra-compact Blu-ray extender that dealers and customers alike have been … Continue reading VidaBox RoomClientHD Supports Blu-ray & DVD Streaming in Full 1080p

Microsoft Taking Media Center to Headless Appliances’

I’ve just gotten a tip from a very reliable source that Microsoft is looking to take Media Center off the desktop and turn it into a CE appliance.  The only information that I have is that it is planned to be a headless device of some sort.  Other details are very scarce at this point with no timeline to speak of, but I’ve been assured that Microsoft is actively working on such a project. Is the Home Server “Media Center UI integration” that I just said wouldn’t happen the start of this project?  Does it even have anything to do … Continue reading Microsoft Taking Media Center to Headless Appliances’

Short Bits: Debug Menus, TV Pack OEMs, Hurricane

I survived Ike without any damage here in Katy, sadly that can’t be said for the rest of the Houston and Galveston areas. Ever wonder which of your dozen TV tuners is being used to tune the program you are watching?  If you have the TV Pack there is a bit of a hack that you can do in order to find out.  First spotted by Dave at The Green Button, type 411 and then press More Info in order to access Microsoft’s debug menu. A lot of people have been asking about the TV Pack on CableCARD PCs from … Continue reading Short Bits: Debug Menus, TV Pack OEMs, Hurricane

cyberManor Named 2008 Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Contest Winner

With a stunning implementation of Windows Media Center technologies in an eco-friendly Northern California home, cyberManor captures this year’s title. DENVER — Sept. 8, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. announced the winner of the 2008 Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Contest at CEDIA EXPO 2008 in Denver. CEDIA EXPO 2008 is an annual show for the residential electronic systems industry put on by the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association. The winning installation for the design contest was submitted by Gordon Van Zuiden, president of cyberManor and noted innovator in the custom installation channel. Founded in 1999 and based in Los … Continue reading cyberManor Named 2008 Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Contest Winner

Inteset’s New Pricing Model Provides Dealers Annuity-based Revenue

Hanover MA, Aug 15, 2008, Inteset’s new insightful pricing model keeps dealers in the black and gives them an annuity-based revenue stream. AV dealers are looking for new ways to cope with a slumping economy. One recommended method is for installers to offer service contracts to their customers. Doing so keeps customers long-term, results in steadier monthly sales figures, and provides a lucrative annuity-based revenue stream. Inteset has always adapted its products and services to the changing needs of dealers. Now it’s continuing this effort with its new pricing model. Beyond the standard dealer pricing, Inteset is now offering a … Continue reading Inteset’s New Pricing Model Provides Dealers Annuity-based Revenue

Microsoft Showcases Windows Media Center Momentum at CEDIA EXPO 2008

From distributed HD entertainment to automation and control, Windows Media Center is at the center of an ever-expanding ecosystem within the custom installation channel. DENVER — Sept. 4, 2008 — At CEDIA EXPO 2008, Microsoft Corp. announced expansive growth of the Windows Media Center ecosystem, the formation of an exciting new industry alliance composed of some of the custom channel’s top brands, the winner of the 2008 Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Contest, and numerous partner innovations supporting the Windows Media Center in the custom installation channel. CEDIA EXPO 2008 is an annual show for the residential electronic systems industry … Continue reading Microsoft Showcases Windows Media Center Momentum at CEDIA EXPO 2008

Niveus Supports Ten Extenders and Eight CableCARDs From One Niveus Media Server

Simultaneous HDTV viewing, recording, and distribution in up to eleven zones! Denver, CO – CEDIA Expo 2008 – September 4-7 – Booth #850 – Niveus Media is invigorating the whole-home TV viewing experience by announcing that select Niveus media servers will simultaneously support up to eight digital cable (CableCARD) tuners and ten Media Center Extenders. Announcing availability concurrently with the introduction of the 2009 Niveus media server line, boasting impressive enhancements in processing and performance, Niveus now doubles the capabilities of the Niveus Entertainment System. “Niveus has nurtured the digital cable functionality and compatibility since early 2007 and is proud … Continue reading Niveus Supports Ten Extenders and Eight CableCARDs From One Niveus Media Server

Niveus Media @ CEDIA: Movie Library, 8 CableCARD, 10 Extenders, Home Server

Niveus Movie Library Goes Primetime! Version 1.5 is enriched to offer high-res cover art (including Blu-ray) and support for a wider catalogue of movie sources, such as disc-in-drive… and more! Denver, CO – CEDIA Expo 2008 – September 4-7 – Booth #850 – Designed exclusively for Niveus Media customers, the Niveus Movie Library is a robust movie management tool that aggregates an entire movie collection into one distinct and intelligent interface. Upgraded to accommodate a growing number of movie sources, Niveus Movie Library 1.5 now features: disc-in-drive support; a 10’ interface for backing up movies to the Niveus Media Server; … Continue reading Niveus Media @ CEDIA: Movie Library, 8 CableCARD, 10 Extenders, Home Server

Niveus Media’s 2009 Media Servers Boast Progressive Processing Power and Enhanced Multi-Zone Capabilities

Featuring HDMI 1.3, next-generation Intel processing, specialized Seagate hard drives, and upgraded cooling solutions for impressive multi-zone performance. Denver, CO – CEDIA Expo 2008 – September 4-7 – Booth #850 – Niveus Media unveils its 2009 line of media servers, enhanced to provide an incredibly robust entertainment experience in as many as eleven independent zones. All Niveus media servers, including the passively cooled Summit Series’ Rainier and Denali Limited Edition and the rack mountable Pro Series, have been upgraded to incorporate bleeding-edge technologies for the most powerful Media Center performance.  “To accommodate the variety of installation applications and performance demands, … Continue reading Niveus Media’s 2009 Media Servers Boast Progressive Processing Power and Enhanced Multi-Zone Capabilities

Short Bits: Life|ware & Niveus at CEDIA

This edition ripped straight from CE Pro…It seems Niveus Media is done with pushing their recently developed Niveus EDGE Extender.  The might have been Xbox 360-based Extender (sans gaming) is out and the HP MediaSmart Connect is in.  Interesting turn of events for something that must have taken a lot of time and money to complete. Niveus is also updating their Movie Gallery adding support for better metabase, higher resolution cover art, and a 10-foot disc ripping client which seem popular these days. Life|ware is also set to make a splash at CEDIA with a new iPhone control application that … Continue reading Short Bits: Life|ware & Niveus at CEDIA