Great Media Center 2005 Article: Writing Background Add-ins

In case you haven’t stumbled accross it yet, Stephen Toub wrote a great article on creating background add-ins with Media Center.  He gives a good hello world example (and walks you through the plumbing). After that he demonstrates a “position changer” add-in that shows all sort of cool functionality, including the interception of messages from the remote control and how to advance to a certain location when you are playing back video, DVD, fm radio, etc!  It’s quite cool and definitely one for the tool box. Link here

Xbox 2 – Media Center Like Device

I just came accross this article, which mentions that the next XBOX will have Media Center type capabilities (in addition to being a kick-butt gaming system!).  I’m pretty excited about that, as I am a big fan of the MCE and Xbox (I play Halo 2 a lot). I think this is a step in the right direction and it will be interesting to see how well the MCE capabilities tie in, especially in terms of software development opportunities.  This could be the vehicle for Bill to get a windows PC in every living room. 🙂  

Great HTPC / Media Center Writeup

If you are looking into exploring options on Windows Media Center, Beyond TV, Sage TV, and  Myth TV- take a look at this article. It is one of the most comprehensive I have seen on the subject and highly recommend a read. The article is a well-thought out, factual presentation of all the features from a consumer perspective (doesn’t dive too deep into development). A couple of quotes that I really like: “Comparing the HTPC with the VCR is like comparing a truck with a horse and wagon. It can do so much more for you.“ Favorite quote from conclusion: “When … Continue reading Great HTPC / Media Center Writeup

Media Center Presentation at NWNUG

Last night I presented Windows Media Center Edition 2005 at the Northwest Ohio .NET User Group.   I demo’d many of the features of MCE- including Live TV, Recorded TV, Music, Pictures, and More Programs (including the MCE version of Solitaire!).  There seemed to be quite a bit of interest in the product- I think I got the most questions I’ve ever had for a presentation! We talked about building an MCE PC for $400 or less.  Many of the attendees were already working on ways to justify an MCE purchase to their wives by the end of the meeting so … Continue reading Media Center Presentation at NWNUG

Tips for HTML Add Ins in XP Media Center Edition 2005

HTML Add-ins for Media Center are really quite easy to develop once you get the hang of it.  I would like to post a few helpful tips for getting up and running quickly. First, some information on developing HTML Add-ins- 1. The user interface options are limited only to what you can do in IE! 2. In an HTML add-in, you have full access to the Media Center API’s through the browser.  Just about anything you can do with a web application can be done in Media Center!     This includes calling web services (directly from the browser) using the DHTML webservice … Continue reading Tips for HTML Add Ins in XP Media Center Edition 2005

Getting ready for a presentation on MCE 2005

I will be presenting Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 in less than a week at the Northwest Ohio .NET User Group and again in a few months at the Findlay Area .NET User Group.   Getting ready for this presentation has been a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. Overall I am very pleased with MCE 2005.  Here are a few observations- consider it a “sneak preview“ for the presentation. Some of my favorite things about MCE 2005- First, a little background. I originally wanted to buy a TIVO.  I was appalled by the fact that they charged … Continue reading Getting ready for a presentation on MCE 2005