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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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  • Windows Media Center Gadgets for SideShow RTM

    Today, Microsoft released the final first version of the Windows Media Center Gadgets for SideShow. This package includes 4 gadgets: TV:  Browse the program guide, schedule recordings, and browse and play back recorded TV shows Music:  Browse and play music Pictures + Videos:  Browse pictures...
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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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  • Windows Media Center Registry Tweaks

    I was re-configuring my Windows Media Center the other day (don’t ask) and I wanted to adjust the “skip forward” interval to effectively skip through all the commercials in the average commercial break. As far as I can tell, Microsoft never updated the TweakMCE PowerToy for Windows Vista, but WMC guru...
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  • Netflix for Vista Media Center (and Xbox 360)

    There’s no need to wait for Netflix and Microsoft to officially ink an Xbox 360 deal. Yesterday, Lifehacker posted details of a new add-in for Vista Media Center, called vmcNetflix , that brings a plethora of Netflix features into Media Center, and consequently your Xbox 360. It’s the same concept I...
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  • Hulu Coming to Vista Media Center?

    Hulu is my favorite video sites on the Internet. Why? Because I can watch almost all of my favorite shows for free, with far less advertising than television. The problem with the site is, if I want to watch it on my Vista Media Center PC, I have to go out of the 10-foot experience, and use my keyboard...
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  • Disneyland’s “Innoventions Dream Home” By HP & Microsoft

    I was the first tech news site to break this story a while back, and I’m glad to finally see this come to fruition. Microsoft has teamed with Disneyland, HP, Life|Ware, and Taylor Morrison to combine Microsoft’s “ Home of the Future ” with the HP MediaHome into the “ Innoventions Dream Home ” at Disneyland...
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