The Media Center Show #167 – Ben Drawbaugh (Engadget HD)

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This week I am chatting with Engadget HD’s Ben Drawbaugh. We will be talking about Windows Media Center, Home Automation, remote controls and the recent Extender shoot he did for Engadget HD. I also have your email and a round up of the weeks news.

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Post Roundup

I had a day off with the kids and managed to put my back out so that delayed me unboxing HP’s new TouchSmart but I got there in the end and recorded a video of my first impressions and what a fantastic system it is. Here is a roundup of some of this weeks posts

Paul Thurrott reviews Media Center Extenders

You may remember me getting a bit upset by Paul Thurrott’s dismissal of the new generation of Extenders for Windows Media Center. Basically he said the extenders were no better than the old models and they were not worth looking at. I totally disagreed…

Video: Unboxing and a first look at HP’s new TouchSmart

I was really looking forward to getting hold of HP’s new TouchSmart PC (the IQ500) ever since I first saw the product back in Berlin . In this video I unbox the TouchSmart, fire up the unit for the first time and take a look at the TouchSmart UI. Since…

Samsung MediaLive Extender launches

Remember the Samsung Media Center Extender I saw at CES? (see this video ) well it finally due for release and has had a name change from Home Digital Media Adapter to MediaLive. This is the extender for Windows Media Center that is designed for 2008…

HP IQ500 TouchSmart First Impressions

Due to me putting my back out yesterday I wasn’t able to unbox the TouchSmart last night so today I had some help and managed to get the unit unboxed. I recorded an unboxing / first impressions video but to be honest its not until I put it in the living…

Big Screen Installers Updated

Nial’s blog has been quiet for a while but he is back with an update on the Big Screen applications. He has updated the installer to support future versions of Windows Media Center. Check out Niall’s blog for more details In preparation for future Vista…

Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 released to manufacturing

Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 has been in beta for what seems a very long time and I have been running it on my MediaSmart server with no issues. The biggest part of the update is that it fixes the data corruption bug as well as adding x64 support…

How to Remove The Microsoft Games in Program Library

Charlie Owen now back blogging has gone for a less controversial post and posted a handy tip on how to get rid of the pesky games that install themselfs in the Program Library in Windows Media Center I’ll admit it somewhat irks me we shipped games inside.

The Media Center Show #166 – HP on Windows Home Server Updates

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This week Microsoft put out Power Pack 1 for Windows Home Server, this includes a fix for the data corruption bug, x64 support and extra backup features. Also HP put out an update for the HP MediaSmart Server so HP’s Allen Buckner joins me to talk about PP1 and what is new in the HP update. I also have your email and news items.

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This weeks posts

Back again with this week in Media Center world, there is the Media Center university part 5 (how may parts are there!), Ed Bott on running Windows Home Server in a virtual environment, Charlie Owen starts a firestorm and I am planning for future shows

 

Media Center University: Whole House Integration of Media Center Systems – Part 5

The Consumer Electronic’s blog has with part 2 of Todd Rutherford’s presentation (part 5 of the Media Center University series) looking at integrating Windows Media Center into a whole home solution Download: iPod | MP3 | WMA | WMV | WMV (high) | Zune…

Microsoft brings Netflix streaming to the Xbox 360

Looks like the rumours where true, Microsoft are enabling Netflix streaming straight in to the Xbox 360. It would be nice to see an smiler official solution for Media Center users. Details from Engadget : After months of speculation and rumors , Microsoft…

HP Touchsmart available in US stores

I really liked the HP Touchsmart PC I saw in Berlin (see this video ) and for US consumers it’s available in stores now. If you get chance to have a play with the Touchsmart I would recommend taking a look at as the UI is very nice. I asked about UK availability…

 

Ed Bott on running Windows Home Server in a virtual machine

A few people have mentioned to me about the possibility of running Windows Home Server on a virtual machine and I did try it with Virtual PC back when Home Server was in beta but while it worked I found the performance was not very good and it didn’t…

Microsoft show off Media Center and Extenders at Magnolia AV stores

It looks like Microsoft are getting the idea that for Media Center and Extenders to be a success they need to show them off in stores. They have just completed fitting out all 13 Magnolia AV stores with a merchandising rack showing off the Windows Media…

Damian Meher: Screencast on creating a simple Media Center application

Damian Meher the developer behind BeebMC has created two screencast on how to create Media Center applications. Part 1 looks at the tools used for Media Center development and starting a new project and part 2 looks at using a template to create a BeebMC…

VidaBox PicoPC Brings PC Features to HDTVs

CE Pro have details of a interesting new product from Vidabox. The PicoPC is a tiny little box with no moving parts and Windows XP, so you can browse the web, listen to music and watch pictures all from the 13 ounces device. It has USB and R232 designed…

Tweak Vista Media Center with Tweak MC

Remember TweakMCE for XP Media Center? Wondered where the Vista equivalent is? Wonder no more as Microsoft have released TweakMC for Vista Media Center (what took you so long guys!) The new application is available on MSDN is also available in source…

Charlie Owen on Historical Perspectives on DVD Streaming Feature

Charlie Owen is back blogging and seems to have gone straight for a controversial post! He has posted this thoughts on why DVD streaming is not a feature of Media Center (and properly never will be). So far it’s been left to the community to come up with…

Planning for the future

I am planning guests for future shows and I thought I would take the opportunity to find out the community opinions. So what kind of shows would you like to see? More developer shows? More interviews with OEMs and Microsoft? Or features looking at related…

The Media Center Show #165 – mPanel

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This week I am talking to old friend of the show Ted Singh from Embedded Automation. Ted will be talking about mPanel a new wall-mountable touch screen that you can play music from and control the home, Ted will also be updating us on mControl 2.1. I also have your email and a round up of the weeks news

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Post Roundup

Back with another post round up with some rumours on future updates, Media Center university videos and BBC Radio on Media Center

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No DirecTV HD for Vista Media Center until 2010?

First I want to say I have no inside information on this one way or another but Engadget HD are saying that “H.264 and DirecTV support have been pushed to Windows 7” here is one other possibility though, at least one well respected member of DBSTalk reported…

Media Center University Part 4

Todd Rutherford presents part 4 of the Media Center University this time looking at Whole House Integration. You can download the video in a variety of formats including including iPod , WMV , WMV (high) and Zune Media Center University: Whole House Integration…

Mike Garcen reviews HP’s MediaSmart Connect Extender

I am still using my HP MediaSmart extender full time at the moment and am very happy with it and Mike Garcen at Missing Remote has written a great review of the unit After including their extender technology strictly with their HP branded flat panel televisions,…

Microsoft to Train Installers and unveil “new technologies” for Media Center at CEDIA Expo 2008

Microsoft continues [edit thanks Jim for the correction] to target Media Center at Custom Installers: At CEDIA Expo 2008 they will be training installers on setting up Windows Media Center and other related topics like Windows Home Server, Extenders and…

Update on Engadget HD’s Media Center Update story

It looks like Engadget HD have some details on potential future updates on Media Center: The update expected this month is mainly focused around International support, which has evidently really been lacking up until now. The Japanese can expect ISDB-T…

BeebMC – BBC Radio addin for Windows Media Center

Damian Mehers has developed a BBC Radio addin for Windows Media Center that enables listening of BBC Radio streams directly from the Media Center user interface. It’s a simple app that Damian originally developed for his own use and has made it available…

The Media Center Show #164 – CaptionSeeker

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This week I am talking to Tony Leung from TeVeStream about CaptionSeeker and application that enables you to locate a scene in a recorded TV show by searching for a keyword or phrase in captions and jump to the scene in Media Center. We also talk about the other application that TeVeStream have developed. I also have your email and news items. Please keep the email coming show [at] theDigitallifestyle.com

This show is sponsored by mControl – Home Automation for Vista Media Center

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The Media Center Show #163 – Stream DVDs to Extenders

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This week Pete Stagman Windows Media Center MVP talks about how to stream DVDs to Extenders from a Media Center System. Pete worked on the project with a group of Media Center MVPs and they have put together a guide on how to setup your system for DVD streaming.  For some people this is the Holy Grail of a Media Center setup!

I also have your email and news items. Please keep the email coming show [at] theDigitallifestyle.com

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Show Times and all the links talked about in the show are in the podcast show notes

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