Media Centre bot manages recordings via MSN Messenger

Right, here’s another tick in the “You want Windows Media Centre” column for the PVR-searchers amongst us; Casey Chestnut, swell programmer, has made a fantastic MSN Messenger bot that lets you programme your MCE-running computer to record via a conversation online.  Considering there are more and more cellphones with a mobile version of Messenger, it pretty much means that wherever you are it’ll be possible to update your timer list.


Humax TV/PVR Combo

When I was younger, being a naive but tech-loving soul, I desperately wanted a doorbell. At DIY stores I would excitedly press the test buttons and decide which ring I liked the most; I would judge whereabouts on the door frame the button would best be sited. But my mother, wearing her practical hat, refused – “it’s just another thing to go wrong”, she told me, and we had to make do with a boring old mechanical knocker.

Why this dreary stomp down memory lane, I hear you ask – well, Humax have given my mother something new to worry about. The LP32-TDR1 is a 32 inch widescreen TV with a build in 160gb twin-tuner PVR, cutting out the need for a seperate box and generally making things a whole lot more streamlined. Capable of storing up to 100 hours of video, as well as pausing and rewinding live television, it’s likely based on the guts of Humax’s highly popular PVR9200T standalone PVR, which is never a bad thing.


ABC Wants Automatic PVR Commercial Skips to End

Yeah, THIS should go over real well. Like a lead balloon. ABC is apparently trying to convince personal video recorder makers to start leaving out the automatic commericial skipping features that helped make the devices to popular. ABC President of Advertising Sales Mike Shaw apparently feels that the demand for this feature isn’t too great, which not only proves that he not knows what he’s talking about, but raises some serious questions about how one so stupid could become the head of advertising at a major studio network. Don’t expect TiVo or any of the other guys to actually comply with this request, as it would kill the sales of their main cash machines. And ABC, you might want to rethink who’s running your advertising division.

[via Gizmodo]

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