Not Dead Yet

School is out for the semester which means more time to kick back.  I’m sure most of you know that there is a lot going on, so post any specific questions you have here and I’ll see what I can cover.

RealNetworks Could be Key to Media Center DVD Streaming

A few weeks back RealNetworks unveiled RealDVD, a $30 program designed to legally allow ripping DVDs.  The legal part might be a bit of a stretch seeing as Real has sued the CCA and the MPAA has sued Real back.  While press about the idea of paying to rip your DVDs while keeping them protected has been unanimously poor, people need to keep an open mind about this when it comes to Media Center and other commercial products. Several years ago I posted about the idea of enabling streaming DVDs using Microsoft’s WMDRM to protect the DVDs.  The concept is … Continue reading RealNetworks Could be Key to Media Center DVD Streaming

FUZE Media Systems Partners with ArcSoft

Hardened Whole-Home Media System Now Available with Industry-Leading Blu-Ray San Jose, Calif., May 19, 2008 – FUZE Media Systems, makers of the industry’s most hardened whole-home media system, today announced that it has partnered with ArcSoft for Blu-Ray playback. Following the company’s recent OEM software announcement, ArcSoft is the first announced software partner that will be leveraged in both FUZE Media Systems and OEM partner media devices. Adding Blu-Ray disc playback is the latest in feature enhancements for the appliance-like media system that delivers whole-home live & recorded TV, traditional DVDs, home movies, digital photos, and music. The selection of … Continue reading FUZE Media Systems Partners with ArcSoft

HP Keeps Computing Personal with Digital Storage First and Customizable PC Lineup

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 31, 2008 – HP today unveiled new customizable desktop PCs that offer a wide range of personalized features and options to fit the needs of every consumer.   The company also announced the availability of a digital storage device, the HP Media Vault mv2120, which is designed to store, protect and share digital media, as well as advanced monitors and accessories to enhance the digital lifestyle.   Whether desiring a faster processor for casual gaming or more hard drive space for storing photos, consumers can mix and match the options that appeal to their individual interests … Continue reading HP Keeps Computing Personal with Digital Storage First and Customizable PC Lineup

Niveus Media Gets Hard Core In Whole-Home Entertainment

Upgrades to Niveus’ Media Servers, including Intel® Core 2™ Quad processors and advanced control functionality with the new Niveus Control Server enable high performance whole-home entertainment. Denver, CO – CEDIA Expo 2007 – September 5-9 – Booth #294 – Niveus Media, the leaders in high-end digital entertainment solutions for the connected home, introduces the 2008 line of Media Server products. As consumers and installers continue to embrace Niveus’ Windows Vista-based Media Servers, launched in January 2007, Niveus is now focused on optimizing these systems to be the ultimate server for whole-home entertainment. Both the Summit Series and Pro Series Media … Continue reading Niveus Media Gets Hard Core In Whole-Home Entertainment

Niveus Media Announces Support For Four Digital Cable Tuners

Progressive technology leads to Niveus Digital Cable training & certification program. Denver, CO – CEDIA Expo 2007 – September 5-9 – Booth #294 – Niveus Media, Inc, the leader in high-end digital entertainment for the connected home, is taking DVR functionality to the next level with their announcement to support up to four digital cable tuners leveraging CableCARD technology. Due to popular demand, Niveus also announces their plans to roll out an intensive CableCARD training and certification program early this Fall; a first for the industry. Through a Windows® Vista™ Ultimate-based Niveus Media Server and the Niveus Digital Cable Receiver, … Continue reading Niveus Media Announces Support For Four Digital Cable Tuners

Niveus Media Introduces First Windows Media Center Extender Designed For The Custom Install Channel

The Niveus Media Extender takes digital entertainment installs to the next level in performance and profitability! Denver, CO – CEDIA Expo 2007 – September 5-9 – Booth #294 – Niveus Media, the leader in high-end digital entertainment for the connected home, proudly introduces the Niveus Media Extender, a hardware device that gives users the ability to enjoy the Niveus Media Center experience throughout the whole home. While dealers and consumers continue to embrace the robust functionality of Niveus’ 2007 Windows Vista Ultimate-based Media Servers, Niveus has shifted focus to create a superior solution for distributing the Niveus Entertainment Experience through … Continue reading Niveus Media Introduces First Windows Media Center Extender Designed For The Custom Install Channel

Ricavision SideShow Remote Available Now (Sort of)

Ricavision has released their long awated Sideshow Remotes for Vista Media Center (Via Missing Remote).  The description from Ricavision says… “The Ricavision SideShow remote control is the first and only remote control that incorporates the one touch access of Media Center with the power of Microsoft Windows Vista in one convenient home entertainment remote control solution.  With the integration of Microsoft Vista comes the access to SideShow and the multiple features that are accessed by the SideShow Gadgets.  These innovative product developments incorporated with the Microsoft Windows Vista SideShow provides continuous access to digital entertainment every minute of every day.” … Continue reading Ricavision SideShow Remote Available Now (Sort of)