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Ceton’s Media Center Companion apps for mobiles hit RC status, add new features (video)

August 18th, 2012

Ceton's Media Center Companion apps for mobiles hit release candidate status, add new features

Fans of Windows Media Center will have a new remote control option soon, as Ceton has pushed out some release candidates of its mobile device Companion apps. Beta testers should be seeing some new features including an updated program guide with infinite scrolling, plus universal search through the guide, movies, recorded TV, TV series and channels, as well as series recording management and overall speed improvements. Currently only the Windows Phone and iOS clients are considered at RC level with the Android version not quite there and lacking the guide search feature. Those in the test group can hit the source links to make sure they’ve got the latest versions of the apps and services for their HTPC, while those of us on the outside looking in can get a quick preview from the demo video embedded after the break and pics in the gallery.

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Ceton’s Media Center Companion apps for mobiles hit RC status, add new features (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 18 Aug 2012 18:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Two more nails in the coffin for Media Center, start-up options and tuner certification

June 23rd, 2012

Two more nails in the coffin for Media Center, startup options and tuner certification

We fully expected Microsoft put minimal effort into Media Center on Windows 8, but we have to say we didn’t expect it to get like this. It was one thing when our favorite HTPC app didn’t get a single enhancement, but another when it didn’t receive a single bug fix. Now, in the latest Release Preview of Windows 8 the folks at Redmond have gone out of their way and disabled the ability to boot directly to Windows Media Center — a feature required for any proper HTPC build. Another required feature, in our minds at least, is the ability to record TV and use a remote and it seems Microsoft no longer wants any part in that either. Revealed in the Windows Logo Program Newsletter is the sad reality that the ability to test TV tuners and remotes is no longer included in Windows Hardware Certification Kit. This doesn’t preclude someone from making tuners for Windows 8 Media Center, but it certainly does indicate what type of support said manufacturer can expect from Microsoft.

Two more nails in the coffin for Media Center, start-up options and tuner certification originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 23 Jun 2012 18:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget HD Podcast 298 – 05.08.2012

May 9th, 2012

Engadget HD Podcast 296 - 04.25.2012 This week we’ve got plenty of Media Center news, tied up in an overall Microsoft-centric episode focused on its new subsidized Xbox 360 offer and plans for Windows 8. Fortunately, we’ve got the perfect guest on hand as the illustrious James Montemagno of Ceton joins us for this podcast. Once we’re through talking consoles, extenders and mobile apps there’s still more to discuss with new Google TV sets on the way, Comcast rolling out its upgraded DVR platform and much, much more.

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Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh (@bjdraw), Richard Lawler (@rjcc)
Guest: James Montemagno (@JamesMontemagno)

Producer: Trent Wolbe

00:38:10 – Microsoft officially offering Xbox 360 4GB console for $99, two-year Live Gold subscription required
00:52:30 – Microsoft breaks down Windows 8′s Media Center upgrade path, Dolby codec support
00:55:00 – Microsoft talks DVD, Media Center support in Windows 8 and why most won’t miss it
01:05:55 – LG’s Google TV-enabled sets coming to US end of May
01:10:05 – Amazon Studios expands into TV series, looks to load up on content for streaming
01:11:50 – Sony exec confirms IPTV aspirations, says they’re on hold due to bandwidth caps
01:17:55 – Comcast VOD coming to Boston TiVos, next gen X1 DVR platform could launch there too
01:19:00 – Comcast earnings beat expectations for Q1
01:22:04 – Dish Network, AMC dispute could see the network’s channels dropped this summer
01:24:40 – Yamaha outs RX-V773WA, RX-V673 receivers: AirPlay and 4K / 3D passthrough on board
01:27:10 – Must See HDTV (May 7th – 13th)

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Engadget HD Podcast 298 – 05.08.2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 08 May 2012 23:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft breaks down Windows 8′s Media Center upgrade path, Dolby codec support

May 3rd, 2012

Windows 8 Media Center

Many in the Windows Media Center community were afraid that Windows 8 would mark the end of Media Center, while others thought it would be like Notepad — present, but unchanged. In the end both were wrong as Microsoft announced Media Center would be available as an add-on to Windows 8. Until now though, we didn’t know exactly how that process would work. Steven Sinofsky outlined on the Building Windows 8 blog how users will be able to use Add Features to Windows 8 in Control Panel and purchase the same great Media Center experience that was included in Windows 7 Premium and Pro. The price is still unannounced but is expect to be “in line with marginal costs” — whatever that means. The price paid will cover the royalties for the required codecs to support broadcast TV and DVD playback (DVDs still won’t play in Media Player). One codec that will be supported in all version of Windows 8, but will require the computer maker to license the codec directly, is Dolby Digital Plus. So yeah, something else that was included in Windows 7 for free. We’re glad it’s there, but wish we’d get something new for the new premium price. Like most, we’ll probably hold on to our Windows 7 HTPC a little bit longer.

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Microsoft breaks down Windows 8′s Media Center upgrade path, Dolby codec support originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 May 2012 20:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Kinect for Media Center released, why not wave and shout at your HTPC?

February 15th, 2012

Kinect hacks previously brought gesture and voice control to Boxee and XBMC, and now that the Kinect for Windows hardware has been released we’ve got a solution for Windows Media Center. The aptly named Kinect for Media Center brings all the normal playback controls (for WMC and add-ins like Netflix) to your fingertips and lips, at the cost of $6.99. While its control scheme seems to be fully featured there are unfortunately some limitations — it doesn’t work with the Xbox 360 Kinect due to Microsoft’s restrictions, and it also doesn’t work with WMC extenders. What is included are filters to keep your content from accidentally triggering the voice controls (something some of us have had problems with on the Xbox 360), and configurable settings for right or left hand dominance or sensitivity. You can check out a video demo of the beta version (compare to a demo we saw last year from the makers of the Amulet voice control remotes) embedded after the break, or head directly to the site to try it out yourself if you’re sure that finding the remote has simply become to much of a hassle.

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Kinect for Media Center released, why not wave and shout at your HTPC? originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 15 Feb 2012 01:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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