Off to Germany

Tomorrow I attempt to go to Germany again. Last week my flight was cancelled due to fog, so I am hoping I make it this week.
The Media Center Show will be out a day later this week (Friday), it should be a good one Joe Harris on

mac Mini as a home entertainment system complete with Frontrow 2.0

According to Think Secret Apple could be relaunching the mac Mini as a home entertainment system complete with Frontrow 2.0 and a DVR
"new Mac mini project, code-named Kaleidoscope, will feature an Intel processor and include both Front Row 2.0 and TiVo-like DVR functionality."
Given the traction the iPod has this could be strong competition for Windows Media Center especially if the price point is good, it could also include a iPod dock so selling it even more to the iPod lovers
For me it won’t get near the function of Media Center but the average non geek user it may be attractive.

Media Center Show Gear

In time for Christmas and CES I have had my first go at creating Media Center Show merchandise.
So you can get Media Center T-Shirts, mugs,caps and lots of other stuff
Check out the store on CafePress HERE
If you have any feedback please let me know, and if you buy a t-shirt let me know!



Podcasting from CES 2006

In January its the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. CES is biggest Consumer electronics show in the world with exhibitors from all over the home electronics.
So I will be podcasting from CES, so if you have an interesting Media Center product you want to talk or just meet up and say hi get in touch isdixon at

The Windows Media Center Show #34 – XBOX 360

The Media Center Show #34 (MP3 – 19.4MB – 56mins 25secs)
LISTEN HERE and the RSS feeds are HERE

On this weeks show I have Todd Bowra, Manager at Microsoft on the XBOX 360 Extender functions. We talk about the XBOX 360 extender function what is does and doesn’t do, the best way to hook it up to your Media Center PC and Todd’s favourite games

I also have an update on the Media Center Awards, the vote page is up so get voting

I have the Media Center news with Orb and I read out email sent in to the show

Send your questions and feedback to (feel free to send your questions in mp3)
or you can send your questions and comments in to the show Skype Line “MediaCenterShow

The forums are at

Show Times:

00:00 Show Ident
00:40 Coming up this week
01:15 Email from Hubert
03:02 Email from CJ
05:51 Media Center Show News
06:00 Chris Anderson blogs about the XBOX 360
07:24 Charlie Owen blogs about XBOX 360
07:38 Ricavision internal MCE receiver
08:12 SSE with RSS – Thomas Hawk
09:22 Eirik Solheim nominated for best blog in Norway
10:00 Update on mceBackup
10:28 The Media Center Show at CES
11:07 The Media Center Show Awards
11:25 A message from the Grand Prix Show
11:51 Welcome to Todd
12:56 Background on the extender
15:17 Watching live TV
16:48 Version of V1 extenders
18:16 Details on the XBOX 360 Extender functions
19:25 HDTV!
22:02 Connecting XBOX 360 to Media Center
23:00 3rd Party apps
25:57 What media will play on the 360?
26:45 Connecting a 360 to your PC (wifi or cable)
29:02 Network analyser
30:41 Connecting your 360 to a TV
31:47 Audio options
33:34 DVD options
35:10 Playable formats
36:49 System requirements
37:52 Linking the XBOX with Media Center
38:39 Using the game pad as a remote
40:00 Connecting non Media Center PC’s to your xbox
41:23 Connecting other devices to the xbox
42:10 Launch dates
44:50 Remotes
48:50 Games
50:26 Go to
52:00 That’s it for this week
All Music by Ian Dixon

Update on mceBackup

I have updated mceBackup, the tool for backing up your scheduled TV recording settings.
This build fixes some problems with long files names and has some extra debugging function if you run in to problems
So download it, have a go and let me know how you get on

Media Center In a Car

Over on eHomeUpgrade they have details on a Media Center PC in a Car. It’s a great idea to have Media Center in your car especially if you have kids, you can keep them entertained for hours and the amount of music you can have on a hard disk means you would never have to touch a CD again.
In a few weeks time I have a interview with a guy doing the same thing, a Media Center PC in a car


No trip to Germany for me this week as the thick fog in Manchester meant that my plane was grounded.
We have had no fog here for months and the first time I have to fly this year it’s thick fog, typical!
So I have to go next week now

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