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  • Blog Post: CES brings wave of connected media devices thanks to Windows Media Center in Windows Embedded 7

    Most consumers may not know what Windows Embedded is, although many of you have interacted with it somewhere along the line. Windows Embedded is a componentized version of the OS that we offer to manufacturers who can then optimize it for use in specialized devices. It runs everything from automotive...
  • Blog Post: Optimize your display for Windows Media Center

    A few weeks ago, we looked at the benefits of using HDMI to connect your PC to your HDTV or monitor . Today, we look at a few things you can do to make sure your picture is as sharp and clear as possible, with a full, rich range of colors. While there are all sorts of recommendations on the PC side to...
  • Blog Post: Connecting your PC to an HDTV with HDMI

    If you’re ready to take the plunge and give your big screen HDTV over to Windows Media Center to manage your television, movies, music and more, then you’ll want to be sure you’re getting the best experience possible when running in full screen mode. The choice of how you connect your PC to your TV is...
  • Blog Post: Launch the NASA TV live stream from within Windows Media Center

    Space Shuttle Discovery landed yesterday at Kennedy Space Station in Florida, completing it’s final mission. I watched both the launch and landing of the shuttle Discovery on our main TV screen thanks to a cool little hack first published in the Windows Media Center community over five years ago: adding...
  • Blog Post: Using Play To with a DLNA Certified TV

    I read an interesting thread over on Microsoft Answers recently in which the poster had purchased a "connected” TV with a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) logo on it. He reported that he had no troubles navigating from his TV to the shared media libraries on his Windows 7 PC and playing the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Enthusiast Meet-up in Houston on November 30th

    I am posting this on behalf of Wendy Stidmon, a Program Manager on the Windows PC Ecosystem Team. Wendy does enthusiast engagement – which means her job is to interact with folks like you. She and I thought we’d pass along some information for an event happening in Houston you may want to check out…...
  • Blog Post: Digital Cable Advisor lets you know if your Windows 7 PC is Digital Cable Ready

    Adding a CableCARD™ TV tuner is really the pièce de résistance in creating a full-featured Windows Media Center PC because it is the only way that US-based users can bring high definition, premium digital cable content directly into their PCs without using a set-top box. If you use Windows Media Center...
  • Blog Post: Watching your recorded TV on the road with Remote Media Streaming

    My family has been using Windows Media Center as our main DVR for several years now, but it has only been since the dawn of Windows 7 that we’ve really gotten into watching our recorded television shows when we travel. This is thanks to a very cool and easy-to-set-up feature in Windows 7 called Remote...
  • Blog Post: Keeping Windows Media Center in step with changes from your cable company

    We’ve been using Windows Media Center as our home’s main DVR for several years now. We have basic cable service, and over the past few months, my cable company has started to switch some of our channels from analog delivery over to their digital service. This type of change has become more and more common...
  • Blog Post: All about plug-ins for Windows Media Center

    One of the great benefits of the community of enthusiasts that has grown around Windows Media Center is the number of plug-ins developed to enhance the experience in WMC. Plug-ins (also called addins , and lately even apps ) bring new information and features to the Windows Media Center environment....
  • Blog Post: Revision3 Releases Plugin for Windows Media Center

    Revision3 has released a plugin for Windows Media Center making all their shows available to watch directly within Windows Media Center. Revision3 can be described as a television network for the Internet. They produce all-original episodic shows available online via streaming. Some of their most popular...
  • Blog Post: Networked TV Tuners are chock full of win

    Brandon covered the big news this week for Windows Media Center enthusiasts: Ceton released a firmware upgrade and software package that allows you to assign the streams from their InfiniTV TV tuner to other Windows 7 PCs across the network, a major step in the convergence of networked and CableCARD...