Windows Vista SP1 and XP SP3 Coming soon

Technorati tags: Windows vista Service Pack 1 Finally confirmation from Microsoft that there is a service pack for Vista coming and that there is a Service Pack 3 coming for XP From reading the information from Microsoft the XP Service Pack looks like a roll-up of al the fixes since SP2 and doesn’t contain any … Continue reading

The Video Show #6 Sony XL301 / XL302 Bluray Media Center PC

Watch the video in HQ WMV  – The RSS feed for the Video Show is HERE In this video I take a look at Sony’s XL301 / XL302 (Bluray) Media Center PC complete with Bluray drive. I connected the PC up to my TV via HDMI (the only output avaible) and was impressed by the performce … Continue reading

New DRM scheme will let consumers stream cable TV over home networks

Thanks to Fieldhouse over in the forums for pointing this out: Cable subscribers should soon be able to stream cable TV programming over their home networks, as CableLabs has announced its approval of a new streaming protocol. Called DTCP-IP (Digital Transmission Copy Protection), the new spec will use DRM to lock down content to ensure … Continue reading

The Media Center Show #120 – Andrew Cherry

Yes it’s a day early but I am working away and didn’t want you to miss out! By Ian Dixon (16.9mb 49mins 02sec)  Vote for the show on Podcast Alley Direct Download Link – Subscribe via iTunes – Subscribe via RSS On this week show is Microsoft MVP and Media Center developer Andrew Cherry. Andrew made the trip to my … Continue reading

Big Screen Headlines 2

Nial has posted an update on Big Screen Headlines 2 an RSS reader for Vista Media Center. It is a great application for reading RSS feeds, listening to Podcast and watching videos. The blog post has some details of the new version and some nice screen shots, Nial will be on The Media Center Show … Continue reading

Vista After Hours – see you there?

Microsoft are touring the UK showing off some of the fun side of Windows Vista to IT professionals by looking at Media Center, Sideshow, Windows Home Server, Xbox 360 and other things. The events are run in the evening and include food and refreshments. One of the locations will be Manchester so I will definitely … Continue reading

The Digital Video Show #5 – Sony UX1 UMPC

Watch the video in HQ WMV   It’s been a while since I did any videos, so here is the first of a couple I have coming out. This show looks at Sony’s UX1 UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC). All my videos are posted on had the video show has it’s own RSS feed It’s … Continue reading


Olcay from MCEDEV sent me an email to let me know that beta 2 of TV Toolbox is out. TV Toolbox is a 10 foot application for editing and converting your Recorded TV directly from Media Center What did change since the last beta?Fixed – Generated file name based on Dvr-ms Metadata was wrong.Fixed – … Continue reading

Pictures of the Sony UX1 in the Photo Galleries

I have a video review of the Sony UX1 I was sent for review out soon, so I have posted some pictures of it in the Photo Galleries. I must admit to taking a liking to the device, at first I couldn’t get used to the small 4.5" screen but after a bit you do get … Continue reading

Bluray v HD-DVD my take

Last week I got a review unit of Sony’s XL301 Media Center PC complete with Blu-ray drive. I recorded a video review and in the review (out soon) in the video I said it was a shame that I had no Blu-ray film to try with it. So on Saturday I visited my local Blockbuster … Continue reading