Yesterday we announced a brand new offering for Windows Media Center users: Sports Channel. Sports Channel will be offered to Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate users as a new tile under “Sports” in Windows Media Center.
Sports Channel offers a variety of sports content from great sources CBSSports.com, Fox Sports, MSNBC.com and more. Content flowing through Sports Channel ranges from breaking sports news to interviews of your favorite players to the ability to track your fantasy sports teams.
Sports Channel is a great example of our continued investment in providing new and easier ways for people to find and access compelling content through Windows Media Center.
Instead of going through my own experience with Sports Channel, I’d like to call out Ian Dixon’s overview of Sports Channel here and Stuart’s screenshots of the Sports Channel experience here from The Digital Lifestyle.com (one of the best Windows Media Center sites on the web today).
For the best experience with Sports Channel in Windows Media Center, a broadband connection is highly recommended. Today, Sports Channel is currently available in the U.S. only.
I also recommend checking out MSNBC News in Windows Media Center (which I blogged about last October) – which is no longer in beta.
Some time ago this functionality stopped working properly for a large number of users ... very widespread.
Media center sports-watching wishlist:
Be able to watch TV through it without agreeing to anything (version 3.0 or whatever). I know what I'm watching, I don't need a guide,
I also dont need Media center to control my set top box, thank you (so don't ask me where the IR blaster is, just go ahead and show whatever signal you see).
Be nice to other apps who may also wish to use the TV Tuner, the one that worked so well in vista.
Thats not all and I cannot edit this, so apologies in advance.
Bottom line: Let TV apps that worked in Vista also work in Windows 7, or at least try not to micromanage everything I see.
Is this available in the UK?
I guess you need broadband as its online content?
Are there any plans to extend internet-based television to more countries in this OS's timeframe?
Pretty cool, great news cant wait until it expands to the rest of the world and then gains more content as it does so. More and more TV is definitely moving to the web, like it or not people want their entertainment be it a sitcom or the latest sporting event on whatever device they have, and they want to watch it on their schedule. This is a step in the right direction. Microsoft was really ahead of the curve with Media Center, so its good to see the selection expand.
Funny you should blog about this topic today...of all days. I have spent the past 2 hourst trying to figure out where the heck my "Media Center Spotlight Apps" went. (MSNBC, Sports, NPR, Showcase, etc). I am running the new Windows 7 Beta with Media Center and, up until now, I've been pleased with the new functionality of Media Center and the ability for me to get ATSC and QAM HD television.
Can you, or somone send me a note explaining how I can "reset" my Media Center? Perhaps I accidentally deleted a system file or something, but I miss my media center MSNBC!
P.S. I'm working on an article now regarding the new features in Media Center, so if you can get back to me soon that would be awesome.
Ah ok. Thanks Brandon..
Sadly since I'm in Canada this isn't something I'll be able to enjoy anyways.
Much hate for the CRTC and cross-boundary publishing agreements.
Keep up the great work on Windows Media Center. My family uses it daily on the PC and through the Xbox 360.
Since I hate all sports, is there a way to *not* get this?
Better, is there a way to remove "Sports" from the listing in Windows Media Center?
Regarding your question about Windows Live ID: its something we're looking at in the future for the site.
Anirask, no this hasn't been part of Windows Media Center the whole time. There has always been a Sports "section" in Windows Media Center but we've added a new tile *under* the Sports seciton in Windows Media Center that brings in lots of great sports content. This is new.
Forgive me if I'm mistaken but hasn't this been part of Media Center the whole time?
Unless this is different from the Sports thing that's already there with the Marqui and the sroces for all games currently being played.
Another thing.. Why doesn't this site use Windows Live ID's.. You would figure that this would be a bit of a no-brainer. Being that this is the Windows Blog and all..