Archive | September, 2007

Media Portal Xface Skin Version 1.0 | Competition for Vista MCE?

29. September 2007

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One thing about open source software: you never know how people will improve it. Take Media Portal for instance. I have tried it but ultimately went with BeyondTV to watch TV on my computer. That, however, might change though with the release of Xface Skin Version 1.0. Xface is a new skin for Media Portal […]

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BeyondTV 4.7 Syncs DVR with iPhone and iPod

29. September 2007

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Getting television recordings onto a portable device has always been easier said then done. Snapstream is looking to make that process easier with its updates to BeyondTV, their digital video recorder software for the PC. From Snapstream’s announcement: This is an innovative feature that uses the H.264 format to re-compress your Beyond TV recordings and […]

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Vista Media Center Extenders | Can they save you money?

29. September 2007

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Several companies announced this week upcoming releases of the second generation of media center Extenders. For $300, you can get an Extender that has a wireless Internet card and can play Divx files from your computer. While expensive, it is cheaper than an Xbox 360, especially if you need the wireless network connection. Extenders make […]

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Belkin Ships Network USB Hub

26. September 2007

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Belkin has begun shipping a networked USB hub ($130), that lets you connect any USB peripheral to your network like a USB hard drive or printer. From Belkin’s website: Share up to 5 devices: multi-function printers, media readers, digital cameras and scanner on your network Back up and access data from networked attached storage (NAS) […]

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Microsoft Releases Extender Update for Media Center

26. September 2007

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The next generation of Extenders should be available before the end of the year. Extenders are any device that let you stream content from a Vista Media Center computer. If done right, Extenders could make a whole home system much easier. With the impending release of the second generation fo Extenders, Microsoft has released an […]

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ABC, FOX, and NBC Increase Web Presence | More Primetime Shows Online

22. September 2007

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The television networks are finally beginning to harvest the power of the Internet. Networks are realizing that the Internet can provide free advertising and word of mouth for shows. Here are some examples. ABC has reached an agreement with AOL to deliver full-length, ad supported episodes of a slew of its prime-time shows starting on […]

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TVTonic | Adding Quicktime to Vista Media Center

21. September 2007

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Wavexpress has released an update to TvTonic, which integrates better into Vista’s Media Center, specifically adding Quicktime support. TvTonic can manage a viewer’s RSS Video subscriptions much like a digital video recorder (DVR) for the Internet. Viewers select the channels (or video podcast) they want to record and TVTonic caches the shows on the hard-drive. […]

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X-box 360 HD-DVD Price Drop and 5 HD-DVD Movies

20. September 2007

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Maybe I missed this earlier, but I thought people might be interested in knowing that the Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive is now available for $179 at Buy.com (with free shipping too). The drive also comes with 5 free HD-DVD movies from a limited selection. The Xbox 360 HD-DVD is a cheap way to watch HD-DVD […]

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Spiralfrog Launches | Download Music for Free

18. September 2007

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Spiralfrog, the ad-based music download service, has finally opened its doors for business. The music industry has been trying different ways to increase revenues, especially online. Spiralfrog boasts over 800,000 tracks and 3,500 music videos available at launch. Although 800,000 sounds impressive, it has a long way to go to catch up to iTunes and […]

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ACE Viva Media Center | Integrated LCD with Digital Cable Tuners

17. September 2007

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Ace Computers’ new LHD Viva is an all-in-one Media Center PC/LCD TV, similar to many Soney and HP offerings. It is an iMac competitor with features the iMac cannpt touch right now, namely Digital Cable Tuners. The unit, which costs less than $2,000 is a HD Media Center with a built-in 22-inch TV. It has […]

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