Pictures of my Samsung Q1 running Windows Media Center

As I blogged last week , I got hold of a Samsung Q1 and I installed Windows Vista on it. So here are some pictures of it running Windows Media Center. I found it works well over the playing content over the network or localy. See more Media Center setup pictures on The Digital Lifestyle … Continue reading

Missing Remote – Review: Showtime Interactive in Vista MCE

Yesterday I mentioned that there is a new service on Vista Media Center called Showtime and the fact that I couldn’t try it on the account of not being in the USA. So its great to see ShadyMG has posted a full review on Missing Remote As for the file-types, the quality is actually pretty … Continue reading

My new UMPC

Since the Ultra Mobile PCs were launched last year I have been dying to get my hands of one. At CES this year I got to play with some of the new ones so when I has the opportunity to get a Samsung Q1 I jumped at the chance. The Q1 is one of the first … Continue reading

The Media Center Show #101 – Orb’s Ian McCarthy

by Ian Dixon (MP3 – 20.8mb 1hour  33sec) – The RSS feed is HERE  Direct Download Link This week on the show Orb’s Ian McCarthy returns to the show to talk about using Orb to get your Media Center content on to a Wii and other devices, what Orb is doing with Myspace and getting … Continue reading

Big Screen Blog – Showtime Vista Media Center addin launched (US Only)

Nial points out a new Online Spotlight addin for the Vista edition of Windows Media Center. Showtime looks like a new Video on demand services. Nial tried to get it installed but as he is out side the US it would not work. He asks for US based blogger’s to take some screenshots or videos … Continue reading

Aaron Stebner’s WebLog : How to manually reset Digital Rights Management (DRM) in Windows Vista

Aaron Stebner has a tip on how to reset DRM on recorded TV files,  useful if you upgrade your Media Center PC and the content will no longer play. There is a solution for 32bit and 64bit systems Link to Aaron Stebner’s WebLog : How to manually reset Digital Rights Management (DRM) in Windows Vista   … Continue reading

HP drops its Digital Entertainment Center (DEC) business

I read on CEpro (via a tip from listener Dave Snaith) that HP are pulling out of the Digital Entertainment Center business. CE Pro has the details but it looks like HP will not continue building there Media Center PC’s and instead focusing its own range of TVs with media adapters built in (not Microsoft … Continue reading

New XBOX 360 Elite

As readers and listeners will know I love my Xbox 360. When I get chance I love to play Call of Duty 3 but my main use of it is an an Extender for Windows Media Center. One thing it does lack is a HDMI connection but Microsoft have addressed this with the new Xbox … Continue reading

New feature on the show “Ask Charlie Owen”

A new feature on The Media Center Show is a feature called "Ask Charlie Owen" where you can ask Microsoft’s Charlie Owen your burning Media Center questions. Charlie has recently started answering Windows Media Center questions on his blog and we will be running an audio version of this. Send your questions in to I … Continue reading

Charlie Owen on MCML Preview Tool (MCMLPad)

As Charlie Owen mentioned in the interview on The Media Center Show #100, the Platform team are updating the documentation for the Windows Media Center SDK (Software Development Kit) Charlie has started this with a blog post over on the Media Center Sandbox Blog. One of the most important tools when developing a MCML application is MCMLpad, its a tool … Continue reading