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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...
Thu, Jan 13 2011
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...
Fri, Dec 17 2010
Building a cool, capable Home Theater PC with AMD’s Fusion APU
I first heard about the Fusion APU's from AMD my first thought was "these sound like they would be PERFECT for a home theater PC!" They are super capable, work great with Windows 7 and DirectX 11 but take very little power to operate, keeping them cool and easier on the power bill. With Fusion architecture...
Fri, May 20 2011
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...
Mon, Mar 28 2011
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…...
Thu, Nov 18 2010
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...
Thu, Dec 30 2010
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...
Mon, Nov 29 2010
The HDHomeRun Prime puts TV on your PC anywhere in your home
One of my favorite features of Windows 7 is Windows Media Center. For several years now it’s been the main way my family records and watches TV as well as watches Netflix and DVD’s. To add to some of the cool things I can do with it though I’ve been eagerly awaiting the first network attached CableCARD...
Thu, Oct 27 2011
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...
Sun, Dec 19 2010
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