It never fails to surprise me how many companies can't seem to manage updating their sites to schedule - either you have a recently launched product missing from the pages altogether, or something new "accidentally" goes live before the PR department would like it to. Today Linksys are the careless ones, putting teaser details of their Vista-compatible 808.11n Media Center Extenders online then whipping them down again.
Linksys' ill-fated Media Extender devices for Windows Media Center are suffering an ongoing bug that has rendered them useless in the US, with what appears to be an offline update server leaving the DMA2100 and DMA2200 showing nothing but a black screen. The issue has been reported by multiple owners, though is apparently not affecting Europe (the update server for which is apparently still active).
Back when it launched, the Linksys DMA-2200 Wireless Media Extender retailed for a cool $350. Capable of streaming content from your Windows Media Center in one room, to your big-screen HDTV in another, the DMA-2200 faired reasonably in reviews, hindered by its big sticker price. Now, though, Newegg are listing the DMA-2200 for just $94.99 with free shipping, at which point it becomes a very tempting offer indeed.
Linksys by Cisco have been demonstrating their new Wireless Home distributed media system at CES 2009, a Sonos-rivalling system that includes the standalone Conductor DMC350 with integrated touchscreen control and CD player, the Director DMC250 media player with integrated 50W-per-channel amp, and the Player DMP100 for connection to an existing amplified setup. Each can access media from across your home network or the internet, together with internet radio.
So, Microsoft, yeah the giants that hide behind Redmond, WA, the very same ones, have finally decided to catch up with everyone else and begin supporting DivX and Xvid in some of their devices. I know, I know, I said “No Wai!” too, but they are really going to do it.
They are partnering with D-Link, Linksys, and Niveus Media to drop some new Media Center Extenders on a new platform called “Extenders for Windows Media Center”. Not only will the new devices finally get Xvid and DivX support, they will also support the new WMV HD and encrypted HD streaming formats as well.