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CableCARD Opens Up, but Does the Marketplace?

Sat, 12 Sep 2009 17:42:00 +0000

The news at CEDIA that CableCARD will now be open to all has got everyone worked up about Microsoft getting things right and that the platform is back where it needs to be.  However, while the news of CableCARD getting unlocked from OEM only machines is fantastic I’m not sure it chances much in the … Continue reading CableCARD Opens Up, but Does the Marketplace?



Microsoft Enhances the Digital Cable Experience and Names 2009 Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Winner

Thu, 10 Sep 2009 07:14:00 +0000

Customers get new capabilities, more options, and a better digital cable experience in Windows Media Center. ATLANTA, Sept. 9 — Today at CEDIA EXPO 2009, Microsoft Corp. discussed key Windows Media Center features for Windows 7 and announced a series of initiatives that enhance the digital cable experience in Windows Media Center. With the addition … Continue reading Microsoft Enhances the Digital Cable Experience and Names 2009 Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Winner



OCURs Finally Approved for Tuning Adaptor Support

Thu, 03 Sep 2009 09:07:00 +0000

While I still haven’t seen specs updated to confirm how I believe CableLabs would handle Tuning Adaptor’s with OCURs , I can confirm that the next firmware release (in theory 1.19) will support Tuning Adaptors as CableLabs has officially approved all ATI OCURs as Tuning Adaptor ready (hooray for me being wrong!).  In addition the … Continue reading OCURs Finally Approved for Tuning Adaptor Support



Going Beyond The Enthusiast Market

Sat, 22 Aug 2009 20:59:00 +0000

Charlie Owen, a former Media Center team member wrote a post this week about Media Center expanding its marketplace, specifically going from the current enthusiast market to a more mainstream market.  Charlie analysis comes to the pretty simple answer of “It’s possible, but highly unlikely at this point.” I had previously come to this conclusion, … Continue reading Going Beyond The Enthusiast Market



What Do You Think of Windows 7 Media Center?

Sun, 09 Aug 2009 11:50:00 +0000

This weekend I installed Windows 7 on my Media Center and thought about writing a review.  However, I think Ben successfully did that already so rather than try and recreate it I’d rather know what you think. Looking through Ben’s list of new features and changes, the one thing I noticed was that the vast … Continue reading What Do You Think of Windows 7 Media Center?



Is Hulu Coming to Media Center?

Sun, 26 Jul 2009 15:30:00 +0000

I don’t believe that Hulu has a large interest in Media Center, but those very same mockup’s that show Media Center’s “PCTV” marketing also show Hulu as a key experience.  My guess is that the material Microsoft provided to Lippincott said Media Center provides an Internet TV experience, and the designers took that as Media … Continue reading Is Hulu Coming to Media Center?



Media Center Gets "PCTV" Marketing in Microsoft Store Mockups

Sun, 26 Jul 2009 15:25:00 +0000

It has been my theory that Microsoft is slowly ditching the concept of using and promoting Media Center as a whole home entertainment experience and moving to the “TV on your PC” concept which they have been actively promoting over the past 6 months.  This concept is something that most Media Center enthusiasts don’t want … Continue reading Media Center Gets "PCTV" Marketing in Microsoft Store Mockups



Microsoft Unprepared for Digital TV Switch

Sun, 14 Jun 2009 16:51:00 +0000

Reports suggest that the Digital TV switch in the US went by with little confusion or problems.  Of course, if you rely on Windows Media Center your experience likely wasn’t in line with those reports.  Ben said the transition is causing grief for Media Center users, but for most that might be an understatement.  Microsoft … Continue reading Microsoft Unprepared for Digital TV Switch



Xbox Unveils Entertainment Experiences That Put Everyone Center Stage

Mon, 01 Jun 2009 14:29:00 +0000

Microsoft rewrites the rules on fun with controller-free entertainment, Facebook for your TV, plus instant on 1080p HD streaming video. LOS ANGELES — June 1, 2009 — The future of home entertainment has a new name: Xbox 360. Today, Microsoft Corp. opened the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) with a historic Xbox 360 briefing that rocked, … Continue reading Xbox Unveils Entertainment Experiences That Put Everyone Center Stage



Microsoft Connects the Dots with Zune HD, Zune Marketplace, and Xbox

Fri, 29 May 2009 09:48:00 +0000

This week Microsoft took the wraps off the next Zune, dubbed Zune HD.  It seems to be your basic next-generation touch screen only media player with the common additions of WiFi and an web browser (IE based).  There are some other interesting parts such as a HD Radio tuner, an OLED screen, multitouch, and even … Continue reading Microsoft Connects the Dots with Zune HD, Zune Marketplace, and Xbox