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Engadget HD Podcast 320 – 10.16.2012

October 16th, 2012

Engadget HD Podcast 320 - 10.16.2012 While we’ve still got plenty of iPad second screen and streaming video tech to talk about this week, we’re leading off with some old classics: FCC rulings, DVRs and Windows Media Center. While the FCC may be helping cable companies kill ClearQAM, is the sacrifice actually worth it? We’ve also got a look at the final Ceton Echo, and even TiVo is finally opening up its SDK. We reviewed the new Slingboxes this week, and will go over what they got right — and what they didn’t — before we dig into what’s new to watch this week.

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Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh (@bjdraw), Richard Lawler (@rjcc)

Producer: Trent Wolbe

00:10:43 – FCC to allow encryption of basic cable, with a few strings that Boxee approves of
00:27:57 – Boxee TV streaming / OTA set-top box and DVR pics leak out
00:30:22 – XBMC celebrates 10 years, latest build works in mainline PVR and Raspberry Pi support
00:31:20 – Ceton’s $179 Echo Windows Media Center Extender is ready to go on sale ‘around Thanksgiving’
00:37:30 – Netflix app for Windows 8 now available for download
00:41:00 – Netflix streaming launches in Sweden, lets you get your Bron on+
00:41:54 – Netflix to bring closed captioning to all video content by 2014
00:43:55 – TiVo opens up Developer Channel, lets third parties create apps for your DVR
00:46:27 – Comcast quietly updates DVRs with ability to list stored programs from the web, mobile apps
00:49:20 – NextGuide iPad app continues its fight against boring grids, adds Amazon, gestures and more
00:50:15 – BuddyTV Guide app adds Hulu Plus integration
00:51:15 – Google TV v3 demo video teases better search, mini-guide overlay and tablet control
00:54:26 – Slingbox 350 and 500 review: Sling Media finally upgrades its line of media streamers
01:05:38 – New Starz Play website and apps stream only to Cox customers, but you might not need them
01:07:37 – Must See HDTV (October 15th – 21st)

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Engadget HD Podcast 320 – 10.16.2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 16 Oct 2012 20:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget HD Podcast 319 – 10.09.2012

October 9th, 2012

Engadget HD Podcast 296 - 04.25.2012 Our podcast this week kicked off with a bit of breaking news, going to tape just as pics of an unannounced box from Boxee leaked out. After we decipher the surprisingly conventionally-styled Box we move on to other notable announcements from the week including an update for SlingPlayer on Android, a release date for Netflix’s House of Cards and Toys R Us’ move into internet video. On a more melancholy note, it appears that the Ceton Q Windows Media Center DVR project has been put on ice — press play and join us in mourning.

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07:21 – Boxee TV streaming / OTA set-top box and DVR pics leak out
12:44 – Google Play Music and Movies purchasing reaches Google TV, patches a media strategy hole
14:40 – Toys R Us launches family-friendly internet movie service, plans Tabeo access, HD video and more
20:53 – Dish gives up effort to turn Blockbuster into a Netflix competitor
21:58 – LG’s Smart TV platform starts renting out Disney 3D movies, offers new buyers $50 worth
23:30 – Netflix schedules its original series ‘House of Cards’ for release February 1st
26:05 – Cablevision inks deal with The Walt Disney Company, brings WatchESPN and more to subscribers
28:34 – SlingPlayer for Android gets a long-awaited update, adds reminders and better Android 4 video quality
31:15 – Spider-Man Blu-ray comes with a Second Screen app for iPad and Sony’s Android tablets
35:47 – Amazon adds closed captions to select Instant streams
37:55 – MythTV updated to 0.26, hints at ‘more exciting’ 0.27 coming next year
39:20 – Ceton announces slight delay for Echo WMC extender, Q DVR shelved indefinitely
52:18 – Sharp ‘Moth Eye’ LCD Panel demo shows off future HDTVs with less glare
55:44 – MoviePass launches iPhone app and card combo, takes unlimited viewing to all US theaters
01:01:20 – Must See HDTV (October 8th – 14th)

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Engadget HD Podcast 319 – 10.09.2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 09 Oct 2012 18:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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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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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