HDMI 1080p on standard Xbox 360? – Digital Spy

Interesting development on the Xbox 360 front. Cable manufacturer XCM say they are bringing out a HDMI cable for the standard Xbox 360 complete with 1080p support. One of the main selling points of the Xbox 360 Elite is the built in HDMI connection, so it will be interesting to see Microsoft’s reaction to this if the story is true.

Gaming – News – HDMI 1080p on standard Xbox 360? – Digital Spy


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The Media Center Show #112 – Tim Ellert

By Ian Dixon (23.9mb 1 hour 9mins 41sec)

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This week Tim Ellert from Domia joins me to talk about their Domia Home Automation solution and how Windows Media Center can be at the heart of a connected digital home. I have email, news items and forum poster of the week

The Media Center Show with Orb Networks, email the show: Show [at] TheDigitallifestyle.com

Show Times:

00:56 Coming up this week
01:17 Email – Can you record TV direct to a NAS? see this thread
02:55 Email – How to manage your music collection see Show 26
03:49 Email – ATSC on Media Center
05:26 V2 Media Center Extenders do exist and could support Divx
06:28 Microsoft Invest in TV manufacture
07:53 June 2007 Update for Vista Media Center
08:50 We have a winner of my competition to win my book "Using Windows Vista Media Center"
09:16 Forum Poster of the week
09:41 Do you want to run your own podcast?
10:52 A Message from One VoiceDownload a trial from the download section
11:56 Welcome to Tim
12:15 Background on Domia
13:22 Home Automation
18:00 Range of supported clients
20:39 Devices  
22:45 Intelligent systems
25:31 Whole house audio
27:00 Using UMPCs and Windows Mobile devices
29:50 Voice control your home via your phone
30:40 Touch Screen devices
34:00 Windows CE devices
35:00 Developer access
40:00 Inactive Automation
43:00 Home security
46:00 Controlling AV equipment
50:00 Personal Assistant
57:59 Energy saving solution- bye bye standby
1:06:22 See you next week! 

Music by Ian Dixon

Technorati tags: Windows Media Center, podcasts

Download Media Center Communicator V3 trial from One Voice Technologies

One Voice Technologies have kindly allowed me to offer a trial version of Media Center Communicator V3 for download on The Digital Lifestyle.com downloads.

This is a full featured 30 day trial of Media Center Communicator, so you can try it to see if it works for you.

Oh and listen out to next weeks Media Center Show for a chance to win a copy

Files: Media Center Communicator V3 from One Voice Technologies

June 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista

Microsoft has released the June 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista.  I am installing this as I type, so I will update on how it gets on.

It is available on Windows Update and can also be downloaded directly from Microsoft

thanks Mike at Missing Remote for the heads up


Hotfix replacement information

This is a cumulative update. This update replaces the following updates:

929011 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929011/) Windows Media Center does not correctly configure a combo TV tuner that supports both ATSC and NTSC signals on a Windows Vista-based computer

932753 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932753/) When you resize the Windows Media Center window in Windows Vista, video playback may stop

932818 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932818/) April 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista

931967 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931967/) You cannot hear the audio in Live TV or on a DVD in Windows Media Center after you wake a computer that is running Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate

Issues that are resolved by this update

In addition to the fixes that are contained in the updates that are listed in the "Hotfix replacement information" section, the June 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista includes the following updates:

•Several fixes for the Media Center Extensibility Platform

•An update to the Digital Cable Card component to provide better support for interaction between the digital cable tuner, the CableCARD, and Media Center

Want to host your own podcast? or write a blog for The Digital Lifestyle.com?

As part of the expansion of TheDigitalLifeStyle.com I want to add more blogs and more podcasts.

I would like to add extra podcasts to the site to compliment my Media Center Show, so if you fancy doing a regular show on anything to do with the digital lifestyle let me know. It could be on Mobile technology, gadgets, development or anything. You don’t have to be an experienced podcaster, I had no podcasting experience before starting out and learnt as I went along. I can help out if necessary with any aspect of the show. If you interested drop me an email to Show [at] Thedigitallifesyle.com and we can talk about the options

Also the popularity of The Developer and the Expert Blog on the site means that I would like to expand the range of blogs on the site, so if fancy writing about a digital lifestyle topic let me know: show [at] thedigitallifestyle.com

Come on, join the community!

The Media Center Show #111 – Jessica Zahn (Microsoft)

By Ian Dixon (20.3mb 59mins 10sec)

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This week Jessica Zahn from the eHome team at Microsoft joins me to talk about her forum on The Green Button plus TV setup, CableCARD and beta testing. Also find out why Jessica had ran 12 miles before doing the interview.

I have email, news items and forum poster of the week

The Media Center Show with Orb Networks, email the show: Show [at] TheDigitallifestyle.com

Show Times:
00:53 Coming up this week
01:26 Email – DVB-T Signal problems
05:59 Vista Media Center applications
07:54 DVB-T Fix for Australian users
08:54 mceComponents updated
09:25 DVRMStoolbox updated
09:47 Forum poster of the week, win a mcePhone bundle
10:52 A Message from One voice
12:11 Welcome to Jessica
12:31 Jessica’s background
14:16 TV Setup in Windows Media Center
20:11 CableCARD
24:44 Beta testing
27:43 What makes a good tester?
34:50 Jessica’s forum on The Green Button
40:22 Common questions on the forum
50:26 How to ask Jessica
52:30 How far did Jessica run before the interview?
55:40 Thanks to Jessica
56:03 Get in touch and win my book!
Thanks for listening!

Music by Ian Dixon

Technorati tags: Windows Media Center, podcasts

Microsoft to buy $12 mln stake in China TV maker

Could this be the key to more Media Center extenders? Microsoft have invested $12.3 million in a Chinese electronic manufacturer (Sichuan Changhong Electric Co). The two companies are said to be cooperating to develop and market TVs, computers and other home entertainment products.

The lack of Media Center extenders is a real problem and this could be one way Microsoft getting in to the integrated TV business.


info from http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19281737/

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