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Remember the last Windows Media Center CE Box

With the talk of a headless Windows Media Center System Richard Miller reminded me of Microsoft’s last attempt at a CE Media Center device.  The LG LRM-519 was a Set To Box device with Windows Media Center as a UI. It could download the EPG data…

My Drinks for Windows Media Center

I am always on the lookout for new applications for Windows Media Center and combine a Vista Media Center application with drink and your on a winner! My Drinks is a Vista Media Center version of the XP version from a couple of years ago and it has been…

Is this why H.264 got removed from TV Pack?

Derek Flickinger sent me a link to an article about the ATSC group choosing  H.264 for DTV transmission. Derek wondered if this was the reason why H.264 support was dropped from TV Feature Pack as Microsoft knowing about the impending change would…

What’s the most you’d pay for the ultimate HTPC?

Ben Drawbaugh at EngadgetHD asks an interesting question “What’s the most you’d pay for the ultimate HTPC?”, he has put up a vote page for you to have your say. The wide range of computers that can pull duty as a HTPC varies wildly from $500 all the way…

Cannon PC Selling Standalone Digital Cable Tuners

If your looking for a standalone Digital Cable Tuner then your options have been limited but Chris Lanier is reporting that Cannon PC are by offering both internal and external Digital Cable Tuners online . At $300 and $315 it may be an interesting option…

Samsung Media Center Extender gets a release date

According to Ben at EngadgetHD the new Samsung Media Center Extender has a release date of October 15th on Amazon . Like I have said before it’s a nice looking extender but it’s limited to selected Samsung HD TVs  …

The Media Center Show #174 – Open Media Library

Listen Here (mp3) This week I am talking David Shulitz a developer working on the Open Media Library project. OML is a open source movie browser applications for Vista Media Center, it’s a great looking application that adds some great functionality to…

Windows 7 pre-beta to be given out at PDC

I wish I could have made it over to the PDC this year as it looks like it will be the first public airing for Windows 7 . Attendee’s will be given a pre -beta copy of Windows 7 and I expect a lot of Windows 7 features will be talked about at the show….

New Beta Version of ngRC Version 2.0 released

A new beta of ngRC V2 has been released , this is the next generation Remote Control that turns your iPhone/iPod Touch or PSP in to a WiFi enabled remote. You can control Vista Media Center or XP Media Center plus it can control your Extender sessions….

HP customers can now upgrade the memory on HP MediaSmart Servers without voiding the HP warranty.

As you add more and more addins to your Windows Home Server you may find that it needs a memory upgrade and for self-built boxes that is easy to do but for HP MediaSmart customers adding memory would void the warranty but today HP announced that they…

S1Digitial Platinum Edition with TV Pack Review

So it’s been about a month since my S1Digital Media Center arrived and I couldn’t be happier with it.  Like every other review I’ve read about their systems this thing is just rock sold!  I meant to get this post written sooner but IKE had other…

How to use Windows Media Center on a Leopard Network

If you have a Mac network and where wondering how to integrate Windows Media Center into your network then this article from hackaday.com explains how to do it.  The article takes you step by step  through the process from the Mac side as well…

Intelliremote 1.1 adds full wireless keyboard and mouse

Melloware the developers of Intelliremote have let me know that they have updated their application and added full wireless keyboard and mouse support. So from your iPhone or iPod Touch you can not only control Media Center and other application you can…

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The Media Center Show #174 – Open Media Library

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This week I am talking David Shulitz a developer working on the Open Media Library project. OML is a open source movie browser applications for Vista Media Center, it’s a great looking application that adds some great functionality to Media Center (download from HERE) . I also have email and a round up of the weeks news.

I am looking for community submitted reviews of Media Center addins if you would like to review an application please email me ian [at] TheDigitalLifestyle.com

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Show Times:

00:50 Coming up this week
01:20 Email – Divx crashes Windows Media Center
02:27 Chris Lanier – Microsoft Taking Media Center to Headless Appliances?
03:36 Ed Bott:TV Pack headaches reveal Microsoft’s Media Center dilemma
04:28 Media Center and the Installer Channel
05:28 Remember the last Windows Media Center CE Box
06:14 My Drinks for Windows Media Center
07:14 Is this why H.264 got removed from TV Pack?
08:15 I want your addin reviews
09:21 Welcome to David Shulitz
10:30 What is Open Media Library
12:40 How it got started
14:14 How it works
14:51 Metadata
16:41 Working with Windows Home Server
19:00 Data Provider
21:28 Working with Media Center Extenders
24:48 File types
31:17 Why open source?
38:33 Source code page, forums
41:03 64bit versions
41:55 Thanks to David
42:00 See you next week

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The Media Center Show #173 – Martin Vilches from Ecuador

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This week I am talking to Martin Vilches of IQhome from Ecuador. Martin is installing Windows Media Center and home automation including MSN integration, Telephone integration and Controlling MCE (and devices) from other displays like a UMPC. We also talk about the Media Center market in Ecuador.

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Show Times:

00:50 Coming up this week
01:35 Email – Skype for Media Center?
03:22 Email – TV Pack OEMS – S1Digital and Fluid Media
05:04 Microsoft and Hauppauge First to Bring Freeview-Certified PC Solution to U.K. Viewers
06:04 Tingz Media Center app shown at TechCrunch50
07:10 Release Candidate of Windows Media Center Gadgets for Windows SideShow (but not TV Pack)
08:00 Microsoft Launches New Worldwide Platform for Broadcast TV on the PC
08:41 Media Group to Create Digital Video ‘Ecosystem’
09:31 Get 10% off a Vidabox Premium Wireless Keyboard
10:50 I bought a Netbook
12:24 See the winner of Microsoft’s Digital Home Makeover Competition
13:18 Zune Brings Powerful New Entertainment Features to Every Zune Portable Media Player With Software Release
14:50 Addin Reviews
15:38 Welcome to Martin
18:00 Media Center usage
20:22 Home Automation and control
23:30 Superna
26:13 MSN Integration
30:12 Phone Integration
35:54 Show room
38:16 Thanks to Martin

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This Week on The Digital Lifestyle

Here are some of the interesting posts from TheDigitalLifestyle.com over the last week

 

Media Group to Create Digital Video ‘Ecosystem’

We all hate the restrictions put on us by DRM and especially when we can’t share legitimately purchased content between devices. eWeek are report that a consortium (including Microsoft) it working together to create a digital Ecosystem for sharing content,…

 

HD Giants Offers Windows Media Center Addin

When I interview Musicgiants back on show 170 Scott Scott Bahneman told us about a Media Center addin that they were about to release. Yesterday Musicgiants changed their name to HD Giants and released details of their new Media Center app. According…

 

I bought a Netbook

After a year of hype I caved in and bought a Netbook. I picked up a bargain off ebay, the ASUS EEE PC 701 with 1GB of RAM. The unit has 4gb of flash memory and has a 4gb SD card, it came with Linux which I was very impressed with.  The built in apps…

 

Microsoft Launches New Worldwide Platform for Broadcast TV on the PC

Following on from Microsoft’s press release about Freeview certification for Media Center today they put out a press release with details of PBDA (Protected Broadcast Architecture). It seems that PBDA is going to bring “PC solutions for pay TV” next year,…

 

Release Candidate of Windows Media Center Gadgets for Windows SideShow (but not TV Pack)

Remember the beta Windows Media Center gadget for Windows Sideshw that released back in July? ( see the review on the gadget blog ) well Microsoft have put out a Release Candidate of the gadget and It looks like it now supports Extenders. The updated…

 

The Media Center Show #172 – CEDIA

Listen Here (mp3) Last week was the CEDIA show, a show for high end custom installers with likes of Niveus and Life|Ware showing off 10 extender based systems. This week I have Kevin Collins, director of the Custom Installer Channel in the Connected TV…

 

New utility to create links for DVDLibrary

Remember the guide on how to stream DVDs to Extenders? The guide works well but it is a pain to create the link files necessary for streaming to work. Fortunately a cleaver developer has created a utility to simplify the process and has created an updated..

 

Microsoft and Hauppauge First to Bring Freeview-Certified PC Solution to U.K. Viewers

I noticed the Freeview logo once when testing TV Feature pack and sure enough Microsoft has announced Windows Media Center as the first PC based solution to get Freeview certification (in combination with Hauppauge’s WinTV-HVR-2200 dual tuner). I am not…

 

Ed Bott: Here’s why CableCARD isn’t mainstream yet

Ed Bott writes about the issues and potential pitfalls that can happen when getting a CableCARD up and running. The problem seems to be the many elements involved in getting the system up and running. What interested me most is the idea that Ed has about.

The Media Center Show #172 – CEDIA

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Last week was the CEDIA show, a show for high end custom installers with likes of Niveus and Life|Ware showing off 10 extender based systems. This week I have Kevin Collins, director of the Custom Installer Channel in the Connected TV Business, Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft talking about Microsoft’s announcements at CEDIA including the winner of the Ultimate Installer competition and details on the 10 Extender update. My second guest is Intel’s Greg Schlechter a director of the newly announced Media Center Integrators Alliance, he will be explaining what the alliance is about and what it can mean for enthusiasts. I also have a news round up and your email

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Show Times

00:50 Coming up this week
02:10 Email: TV Pack and will V2 Extenders work with Windows 7
04:00 Save DVR-MS Toolbox
05:20 Intelliremote released on the Apple Appstore
06:00 Niveus launch a storage server based on Windows Home Server
07:00 Niveus support ten Extenders and eight CableCARDs on one server
07:05 Niveus Movie Library 1.5
08:08 Windows Home Server Advanced Edition?
09:22 Zune Takes Music Discovery to the Next Level With New Ways to Find and Access Digital Music
09:37 Gyration Air Music Remote with Motionsense
10:35 Ed Bott: Here’s why CableCARD isn’t mainstream yet
11:44 Kevin Collins from Microsoft – Microsoft Showcases Windows Media Center Momentum at CEDIA EXPO 2008
13:00 Why the focus on Custom Installers
14:58 What were Microsoft talking about
16:39 8 tuners and 10 Extender update
21:00 TV Feature Pack
22:30 cyberManor Wins Microsoft Media Center Install Contest
31:20 Greg Schlechter Media Center Integrator Alliance launched at CEDIA
42:03 What is in it for the enthusiasts?
43:17 See you next week

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The Media Center Show #171 – Kevin Tofel on Cloud Computing

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Back after a week off, this week talking with blogger and podcast Kevin Tofel talking about Cloud Computing. Kevin recently switched to only using web based apps and we chatted about what is Cloud Computing, the security risks around it and the how it will effect the digital lifestyle. I also have a roundup of news and email

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