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List of Vista SP1 Media Center Fixes

24. February 2008

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Vista Service Pack 1 fixes several items in Media Center. This Service Pack is more an incremental step in the evolution of Media Center and not the next leap in features. Besides a roll-up of hot fixes, SPI adds the following features: Adds support to enable new types of Windows Media Center Extenders, such as […]

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Arcsoft TotalMedia Theatre: New Blu-ray/HD-DVD software for media centers

31. January 2008

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Over the last year, the clear leader in Blu-ray and HD-DVD playback on a computer has been Cyberlink’s PowerDVD Ultra. Finally, this month someone else has thrown their hat into the HD realm: Arcsoft with their release of TotalMedia Theatre. According to Arcsoft, TotalMedia Theatre supports Blu-ray discs, AVCHDs, CDs, VCDs, and a variety of […]

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MediaPortal 2 Preview Release Now Available

18. December 2007

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MediaPortal is an Open Source application ideal for turning your PC into a media center PC. The latest version of MediaPortal has been released as a “preview” version. From the website: MediaPortal II is a total re-write of the core application and plugin system. A new core framework allows all parts of the system to […]

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ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for Mac Will Support Clear QAM

16. November 2007

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When the ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for Mac hit the street, it was lacking one big feature for HTPCs: Clear QAM support. It looks like Clear QAM support will be added via a software download through ATI’s tvPORTAL. The USB Tuner is an ideal match for the Mac Mini, though it is not […]

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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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OQO Upgrades Model 2 Processor and Hard Drive

11. September 2007

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OQO, the ultra-mobile computer manufacturer, has increased their Model 2’s CPU to Via’s 1.6 Ghz processor and added new hard drive options, which include: an upgrade from 60 GB to 120 GB; or a solid state 32 GB hard drive OQO can be loaded with Vista Ultimate, which includes Vista’s Media Center. The processor upgrade […]

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VAIO LT Series PC/TV All-In-One | Sony Offers New CableCard Computer

29. August 2007

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Sony has just released their latest iMac competitor, called the VAIO LT Series. Like the iMac, the VAIO LT is an all-in-one solution, meaning the compter and the monitor are combined. The VAIO LT trumps the featues of the iMac with its high definition options. The HD version of the VAIO LT, which costs $2,900) […]

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Beyond TV Set-up Video

15. August 2007

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The Snapstream blog has posted a video overview of the set-up process for their Beyond TV software. From the post: This demonstration focuses on the process of setting up Beyond TV. A quick overview of what is covered in the video: installing and setting up a USB TV tuning device downloading and installing Beyond TV […]

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HP m8100y Includes Digital Cable Tuner

2. August 2007

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HP has decided to again offer digital cable tuners as an upgrade to the m8100y line of computers. Originally, HP sold DCTs with the m8010y but apparently had problems with that configuration. Their on- again/off-again offering of DCTs has settled with the 8100y. The good news is that a system can be had with a […]

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Cyberlink Play Movie 1.5 Plugin | HD-DVD and Blu-Ray Media Center Playback

1. August 2007

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Update: Cyberlink’s Play Movie plugin is OEM only, meaning you cannot buy it retail.   You have to get it from a manufacturer like Velocity Micro PC.  That being said, PowerDVD Ultra is the only PC-based option for watching HD-DVDs and Blu-ray discs. Chris Morley at Velocity Micro PC (the only place offering a decent […]

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