The Windows Media Center Show – Show 3

Show 3 of my podcast "The Windows Media Center Show" is online at 
RSS feed is

In this weeks show I talked to Charlie Owen from Microsoft eHome team, developers of Windows Media Center and he had with him Zetools (more details on them in the show)

A very interesting chat about Online Spotlight, IP TV, Video on demand and developing for Media Center
I also read out some email and feedback and of course played out with some of my music.

Please go to the Show Site for more details and the downloads


Great tip on developing with Media Center

Charlie Owen (developer of Media Center) has posted a great tip for working out what more media center is in (PC, extender, remote desktop etc)

Great for working out what features are available for the session. Read Charlie guide here subscribe to his blog for more MCE developer tips

Thanks Charlie ūüôā


The Windows Media Center Show joins the Podcast Network

Great news the show has joined The Podcast Network.

What is the podcast network?

The Podcast Network is aiming to be the best collection of podcasts available anywhere that are managed and aggregated under the one roof.

The guys behind the TPN are Mick Stanic and Cameron Reilly. They are the duo behind the extremely successful G’day World Podcast.

They have loads of other great podcasts on there so take a look. They have big plans for the future (and they seem to be online 24 hours a day!)

So the new XML feed for the shows is

and the web site is

Shows 1 and 2 are up there now, show 3 will be up next week (when I finish mixing it!) and its going to be real cracker of a show



Low Cost Media Center PC

Thomas Hawk (again) has a scoop on a new lower cost easy setup MCE PC

Media Made Easy Announces the Availability of the Media Made Easy Media Center PC, Featuring Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005: Media Made Easy is announcing a new Media Center PC that they are selling under the moniker of "Media Made Easy Media Center PC."

more info on Thomas’ blog

I will try and get the them on the podcast



RSS Reader For Windows Media Center Update

Just thought I would give an update on my RSS Reader

I have re-designed the reader to make the feeds navigation better and add Podcast support.
It now supports unlimited feeds, ad better feed editor and streaming of podcasts from Media Center.

I will post more details soon



Form factors for Media Center PC’s

Its seems like there are more and more interesting form factors comming out for Windows Media Center comming out.

Chris has a round up on his blog about some out this week.

So for a Windows Media Center Show in the future I want to talk about the diffrent form factors for Media Center. If your a manufacturer (or know one) that builds MCE PC’s I want to talk about your products on the show so please drop me an email.


MCE Customizer 2005 Beta

A Windows Media Center that I know has had a lot of work put in to it.

its a program that enables you to customzie your Windows Media Center and 2.1 beta is out

So download it and try it, I know Danne from has been helping him  (the top guy he is!)

Here is a list of features:


– Hide Or Show Start Menu Items
– Autostart Enhanced DVD Content
– Set DVD Notification Timeout
– Set Skip Forward Interval
– Set Skip Back Interval
– Set More Info Panel Timeout
– Set Seek Bar Timeout
– Activate Display My Music As Last Viewed
– Display Wireless Passwords
– Edit EPG download related information
– Choose Temp & Store Path For Recordings
– Show Recording Notification Before A Recording Starts
– Set Recording Pre And Post Padding Time
– Enable Caller-ID
– Enable Concurrent Sessions
– Use unbuffered-IO transfer
– Enable Universal Remote Control
– Set Remote Control ID
– Optimize For Display Type
– Show Network Congestion Notification
– Show ‘Not Enough Bandwidth For TV’ Notification
– Prompt When Navigating Between Secure and Insecure Pages
– Prompt When Submitting Nonencrypted Information
– Prompt On Mixed Content
– Wake Up PC From StandBy Using Remote
– File Naming For Recordings
– Disable Refresh Rate Changes



New Show – The Windows Media Center Podcast Show 2

I have just posted Show 2 of the Windows Media Center Show.

Go to for more details and download the show  (and the RSS feed for the show is there too)

Any download problems should be sorted out, please let me know if you have any problems
and keep the feedback comming

Show Notes (from

This week I talked to Gary Whittaker about the Media Center news, good fun it was too!
We talked about the announcement that there will be no 2006 edition of MCE, MyTVtoGo a new product for Media Center, the roll out of Media Center to more countries and new Portable Media Centers. We also talked about the market for 3rd party developments.



Suggestions for the next few Podcasts

I  have planned Interviews for the next few podcasts (The Windows Media Show) and I am looking for any suggestions of feedback for the shows

So who would you like to see on the show?

If I could get someone from Microsoft on, what would you ask them?

What product should I look at?

Would you like to hear more music?

Don’t forget you can send mp3 comments to isdixon at


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