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 … Continue reading Short Bits: Power DVD, Sage TV, Updates

Media Center Gets Blu-ray, Just Not From Microsoft

I’ve talk about Microsoft and Blu-ray more times than I can count and it never fails I end up saying they will not be the ones to build Blu-ray support in Windows.  My thoughts have officially come true with yesterday’s announcement that Microsoft is outsourcing Blu-ray support in Windows 7 to Cyberlink. According to the press release, PowerDVD “automatically integrate with Windows Media Center to enable full Blu-ray playback capability on PC equipped with the appropriate hardware.”  The extent of that integration remains to be seen, but I’m hoping for full integration using Media Foundation and PVP (aka real integration).  … Continue reading Media Center Gets Blu-ray, Just Not From Microsoft

CyberLink to Demonstrate PowerDVD with Microsoft at CES 2009

TAIPEI, Taiwan – CyberLink Corporation is pleased to announce that PowerDVD will be utilized by Microsoft Corp. in a demonstration of their newest version of Windows Media Center, for Windows 7. This demo will be shown in the Microsoft booth (7144), in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Additional demonstrations of the forthcoming version of PowerDVD will be available to PC and Consumer Electronic manufacturers and members of the press by appointment, in CyberLink’s private suite in the Hilton Hotel. CyberLink has been working closely with Microsoft to support many of the advanced capabilities of Windows 7. … Continue reading CyberLink to Demonstrate PowerDVD with Microsoft at CES 2009

Okoro Media Unleashes Intel i7 Core Media Centers

Okoro Media Systems, manufacturer of digital entertainment systems for the high end audio video market, is pleased to announce the availability of the Intel’s new i7 Core processing technology to our high-end 2009 Digital Entertainment Systems. Keeping with our mission of bringing the latest in cutting edge technology, our i7 Core series machines will continue to bring unprecedented 3-D gaming performance and will provide better performance for streaming movies, and music to multiple zones.   “Our customers expected us to push the envelope with systems that can provide the greatest performance when they are playing the latest Blu-ray movies in … Continue reading Okoro Media Unleashes Intel i7 Core Media Centers

Chances Latest Xbox 360 Blu-ray Rumor is True?

I’m a few weeks behind on this one, but those pesky Xbox 360 Blu-ray rumors came back into the spotlight early this month.  Spotlight might actually be the wrong word to use, as the usual tech blogs didn’t even bother to cover the rumor.  I’ve made it quite clear over the past year that I don’t think Blu-ray for the Xbox 360 makes sense for Microsoft, but X-bit Labs hears different.  According to the October 8th article Microsoft is working with Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology Corp (TSST) to manufacturer external Blu-ray Disc drives for the Xbox 360.  According to the article … Continue reading Chances Latest Xbox 360 Blu-ray Rumor is True?

Vista SP2 Doesn’t Support Blu-ray Playback

Due to a poorly worded article over at CNET I’ve seen a few dozen people getting excited about Vista SP2 bringing “support for Blu-ray drives,” but everyone should take a quick step back and realize Vista SP2 will add “support for burning Blu-ray data discs” but nothing involving Blu-ray Disc movie playback. So far Vista SP2 is basically a collection of previously planned “Feature Packs” including the Storage Feature Pack (where Blu-ray burning comes from), and the Wireless Feature Pack.  My guess is that Microsoft is worried the press behind Windows 7 is going to kick Vista sales to the … Continue reading Vista SP2 Doesn’t Support Blu-ray Playback

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

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

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

Short Bits: Storage Pack, CE Pro, Media Center Show, More

Microsoft is planning to release a Storage Feature Pack for Windows that will include Blu-ray mastering support among other things.  Sadly this is still very far from Blu-ray Playback support which has its own set of issues. CE Pro has had a number of Media Center posts gearing up for CEDIA.  Julie says that Microsoft’s focus at CEDIA will be the custom integrator channel and not so much on the OEM only TV Pack.  I know a lot of people are waiting for CEDIA because they think Microsoft is going to drop some big news about DIRECTV being included or … Continue reading Short Bits: Storage Pack, CE Pro, Media Center Show, More