Media Center PC

YouTube news – Verizon & Windows MCE to get access

YouTube news – Verizon & Windows MCE to get access

Some YouTube news for you now, seeing as how I know that their $1.65bn buy-out makes them all the more alluring.  First off, there's the news that Verizon are close to negotiating a deal to feature YouTube videos as part of their Verizon Wireless "V Cast" service.  While it's unknown whether access to the YouTube archive would be full or limited, it was also suggested that the video service would be used to provide an "on-demand" TV feature to be launched nationwide. 

 

Not interested in YouTube on your cellphone?  Well how about on your Media Centre PC, then?  Yougle is a free Windows MCE plugin that lets you browse through the content on not only YouTube but Google Video, Grouper and DivX Stage 6, playing footage back in full-screen.

Verizon near content deal with YouTube [Reuters]

Yougle [via Automated Home]

Tiny Evesham Media Center PC gets the once-over

Tiny Evesham Media Center PC gets the once-over

Mini media PCs seem a great idea in theory, but often practice is a cruel highlighter of flaws and that's just what Pocket-lint attempted to do to the Evesham Mini PC.  Fitting a full Windows Media Center computer with digital TV tuner, 100gb hard-drive, 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 1gb of DDR RAM into something with a 165mm-square footprint sounds like witchcraft to me, although my top calendar-sources tell me Halloween has passed.

MCE Tunes brings iTunes music into Windows Media Center

MCE Tunes brings iTunes music into Windows Media Center

Now I'm neither an iTunes nor a Windows Media Center user, but I know a lot of people would love to be able to play their DRM-encrypted music library from the former through the lounge-friendly interface of the latter.  Unfortunately, encrypted music can't currently be streamed that way, at least not without the addition of a little programming magic (or illegally breaking the copy-protection, which is of course not something we'd suggest you do).  Thankfully the binary-kids at Proxure have decided to unleash some of that necessary magic, calling the end result MCE Tunes.

VidaBox Media Center PCs Support HD DVD and Blu-ray

VidaBox Media Center PCs Support HD DVD and Blu-ray

Not a confrontational person? Don’t want to pick sides? Don’t want to get caught in between the HD DVD and Blu-ray battle? Wish there would just be peace and harmony in the media format world? Well, VidaBox delivers two new Media Center PCs that support both formats in its native 1080p resolution to soften the tension just a little, at least for the consumers. Now you can have peace of mind knowing that regardless which party wins the war, you wont end up with a prematurely obsolete device. The Dual HD Lux and Dual HD Max come priced at $3,499 and $4,399, respectively. The pricier model comes with built-in 7-inch touch screen to navigate the Windows Media Center.

VidaBox Dual HD Max pictured above, continue after the jump for picture of the Dual HD Lux.

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