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  • Ceton InfiniTV4 CableCard Tuner

    Ok, I finally had some extra cash, and the fact that the Ceton InfiniTV 4 tuner dropped $100 in price, so I went ahead and ordered one.  I’ve been using 4 ATI Digital Cable tuners for a while now, and had very few problems, but I figured if I could cut my monthly cable bill a bit, I might as well...
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  • Changes Needed for Media Center in Windows 7 SP1

    I *love* Windows Media Center. It’s my favorite part of Windows, and in Windows 7, it’s fantastic. There are a lot of improvements, and hopefully soon I’ll be able to post some of my favorite parts. But I just spent the last 2 hours trying to fix my Windows Media Center installation at home (tried a...
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  • Xbox 360 WMC Coupled to Xbox Live: Beta Woes

    My house is unlike many houses in America. You see, I have a Dell XPS 420 with two Digital Cable Tuners. It is the only device that is currently receiving cable signals. The two TVs in our house use Xbox 360s as Media Center Extenders, and for the most part, the experience is light-years ahead of the...
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  • Post-CEDIA, Deafening Silence on WMC TV Pack Speaks Volumes

    CEDIA has come and gone, and while Microsoft has put out a press release talking about all of the new Windows Media Center HTPCs coming out , I have not heard Word One about the WMC TV Pack . Not a feature list, nothing. But, since the last communication I had from Microsoft is that my NDA expired three...
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  • WMC TV Pack: The Ultimate Windows Screwjob You Didn’t See Coming

    Introduction Before I go into this post, I have to explain my intentions. I respect NDAs very much, and I always have. I’ve built my career as a Microsoft commentator on acquiring as much access as possible, through playing by the “rules”. When someone asks me not to talk about something...
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  • Would You Put Your Digital Life in the Hands of a Cable Box?

    I came across not one, but two articles on MSNBC today about niche markets that Microsoft currently dominates that are becoming more mainstream. One is a well researched, if not slightly misguided piece on Home Theatre PCs (who needs a Core 2 Quad in a media server, and HomePlug… seriously??), and the...
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  • New Media Center Update for Windows Vista

    A new update for Media Center in Windows Vista will be released through Windows Update this week.   Among the fixes listed are: • Several issues that are related to the Media Center Extensibility Platform • An issue that affects digital cable card components when you use Scientific...
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  • Vista Media Center with Four Digital Cable Tuners

    (or How Much TV Can You NOT Watch in a Week?) This is so very, very cool!   For those of you who are considering buying a new Windows Vista PC with one or more Digital Cable Tuners (DCT), there is hope for some rockin' systems.  We've seen various announcements that Niveus will be shipping...
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  • CableCard Expected to Boost Vista Media Centers

    CRN has an article about the new Digital Cable-ready Vista Media Centers that are beginning to "trickle into the market". Part of the article talks about some of the issues with CableCard support in Windows, most of them around the issues with OEMs and certification. It's important to note that most...
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  • DCT Unboxing #10: Take a Stand, Part 1

    Side view of the DCT stand. The DCT slides vertically into the top.
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