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Media Center for Windows Deserves Some Respect

Media Center for Windows Deserves Some Respect

When I first was briefed on the Media Center edition of XP by Microsoft, I thought MCE was a pretty bad idea. A lot of my skepticism had to do with the market they claimed they were going after, namely college students in dorm rooms and yuppies living in cramped apartments with no room for both TVs and PCs. Of course, college students mostly buy laptops, and no matter where you live most folks don't watch TV on a small computer monitor from across the room. The short-term market were enthusiasts who understood the value of a DVR such as a TiVo.

Over time, Microsoft tried a few approaches with MCE – from extenders to allow you to view content on other TVs in the home over your network, to creating extender technology for Xbox (which is already hooked up to a TV set) – as well as working with a host of OEMs to create "living room" form factor home theater PCs. The result of these efforts was less than a stellar success and few vendors actively build home theater PCs; these days, if a consumer uses media center they're either an enthusiast or they've tripped over it by mistake trying to do something else. That's a shame, as MCE has evolved over time to become a great technology, one that few people even know exist.

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TiVo for BlackBerry app offers remote scheduling

TiVo for BlackBerry app offers remote scheduling

Remotely controlling your TiVo from a BlackBerry has been possible for a while now - thanks to the mobile web interface - but now there's a specific app that aims to make it even easier.  TiVo for BlackBerry Smartphones is available free from the App World, and has browse, search and scheduling functionality, together with "Daily Picks" and "Most Popular" categories.

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Hitachi announces new HDDs aimed at DVRs

Hitachi announces new HDDs aimed at DVRs

I love my DVR and out of all the tech innovations of the last decade, the DVR is right at the top of my most important list. I can’t imagine going back to a VCR or other system for recording shows. Hitachi has announced a couple new HDDs that will make DVRs even better.

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TiVo sues AT&T and Verizon over DVR patents

TiVo sues AT&T and Verizon over DVR patents

The United States District Court in the Eastern Division of Texas is becoming a very common place for major corporations to file patent infringement suits against other companies. The glut of suits filed here is due to the judge's previous pro-patent holder rulings.

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Digeo Moxi Mate $399 multiroom DVR streamer

Digeo Moxi Mate $399 multiroom DVR streamer

Digeo have unveiled the latest piece in their Moxi DVR puzzle, the Moxi Mate, which takes digital content multi-room.  Designed to work in tandem with the Moxi HD DVR, the "virtually silent" box shuttles video recorded from the main unit, together with Rhapsody music, Flickr photos and - courtesy of the PlayOn software - Hulu and Netflix content.

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Neuros OSD3 development kicks off: 1080p/60, eSATA and HTML5

Neuros OSD3 development kicks off: 1080p/60, eSATA and HTML5

Neuros Technology have been spilling the beans about their next-gen open-source mediaplayer, the OSD3, and while it's not set to hit shelves for at least another 18 months it's shaping up to be impressive.  The company is working with Texas Instruments regarding the OSD3's ARM-based processor, and have official support for 1080p/60 encoding and decoding.

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Sanyo Repoch is DVR with slot-in HDD

Sanyo Repoch is DVR with slot-in HDD

DVR technology is one of those things that's often overlooked. Maybe because people think it's a standard device without much need for improvement. However, the Repoch from Sanyo might just change some opinions in that regard.

AT&T U-Verse Total Home DVR gets speed boost, free films, more

AT&T U-Verse Total Home DVR gets speed boost, free films, more

AT&T have announced a bevy of new features for their U-verse Total Home DVR system, that will begin rolling out to customers from today.  The updates include a 20-percent speed increase to Internet Max subscribers, taking their connection up to 12Mbps, plus more flexibility in scheduling recordings from any U-verse receiver or a new version of the system website.

 

Video demo after the cut

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TiVo DirecTV PVR delayed until 2010

TiVo DirecTV PVR delayed until 2010

TiVo have pushed back their DirecTV TiVo DVR plans to early 2010, rather than the second-half of 2009 as originally suggested.  Revealed in the company's quarterly financial call - in which TiVo confirmed that they had made a net loss of $4.1m in the three month period - no official reason for the delay was given.

Seagate Showcase DVR Storage Expander 1TB review

Seagate Showcase DVR Storage Expander 1TB review

As more and more Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) offer the choice of recording in high-definition, and more consumers decide to prioritize picture quality, the standard storage in most models simply can't keep up.  Into that fray steps the DVR Expander, a straightforward way of adding recording capacity; today it's the turn of the Seagate Showcase DVR Storage Expander, a full 1TB of storage.

 

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Vudu partners with Entone for set-top box service

Vudu partners with Entone for set-top box service

Vudu will soon be offering its movies on a third-party set-top box, changing up their title and adding the function of service provider to their already able hardware manufacturer moniker. Who is this third-party company in question? That would be Entone.

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Verizon FiOS DVR control goes mobile

Verizon FiOS DVR control goes mobile

Verizon took their FiOS DVR control to a whole new level today when they introduced a mobile web version of their FiOS TV Central feature. Before today, you could only access this feature through your desktop web browser or on select LG phones that featured a native app for it like the Voyager or the enV 2.

But now, the update makes it so any phone that has a decent web browser can access the FiOS TV Central feature. This allows you to program your IPTV recorder while you're away from home. You can even use it on non-Verizon phones like the iPhone.

Other aspects of this new feature include the ability to add or remove shows from your recording line up, manage up to three DVRs and more. You can access this latest FiOS TV Central feature for free. Though it's currently in beta, the full version should be available soon.

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