media center

  • Apple Patents Smart Home And Media Center Remote Control Via iPhone

    Apple Patents Smart Home And Media Center Remote Control Via iPhone

    The fabled Apple television set is still a fable, lo these many years after it first was whispered into the waiting ear of an analyst or blogger, but today Apple has secured a new patent (via AppleInsider) which could renew interest in rumors of Apple's television plans, since it describes an iPhone-based remote control system for completely setting up a home theatre system tailored to specific… Read More

  • XBMC 12 Frodo Arrives, Bringing Raspberry Pi And Android Versions, AirPlay Audio For Windows And 64bit OS X Support

    XBMC 12 Frodo Arrives, Bringing Raspberry Pi And Android Versions, AirPlay Audio For Windows And 64bit OS X Support

    XBMC launched version 12.0 (codenamed Frodo) of its media center software today, bringing a ton of new features and opening up support to new platforms. As a longtime Plex user, this XBMC release looks to give me plenty of reason to change horses for my Mac mini media center needs. The release brings HT audio support, Live TV and PVR integration, 64bit support for the OS X version, and adds… Read More

  • Mvix announces Ultio Pro media center

    Mvix announces Ultio Pro media center

    Mvix's Ultio Pro looks suspiciously like a commercial version of an HTPC. Designed with 1080p decoding, network media playback from a NAS or PC, and the option to add a PVR, I might have to get one of these to replace my old Xbox Media Center. Read More

  • Netflix on Boxee, but no AppleTV support (yet)

    Netflix on Boxee, but no AppleTV support (yet)

    Boxee, the excellent, multi-platform, FOSS social media frontend has received a major upgrade: it now supports Netflix and all its functions — queue, watch instantly, and so on. In addition to that and all the regular bugfixes, they’ve updated the look and feel of some of the major media sites: Hulu is now a little more native-looking, Youtube supports “higher quality video… Read More

  • FUZEbox: home media all-in-one setup

    FUZEbox: home media all-in-one setup

    I’m no expert in these little home media boxes, but I suspect they are excellent investments for those of you with too much money. Certainly the abilities of a Vista Media Center type setup are enviable, but for $2000 you could have put another 10 inches on that screen and built a media box yourself. But I digress (and am probably wrong). This FUZEbox has up to 2TB of space, does DVR and… Read More

  • Now that's one leet media center

    Now that's one leet media center

    I’m going to make a confession here. “1337″ used to be the combination for my bike lock. Stop laughing. I said stop laughing. But not only is Donn’s leet little media center face-palmingly geeky (for the moment), it’s also actually leet: did you notice there are 4657GB filled available on the thing? Good lord, the man must eat, drink, and sleep TV! Read More

  • Loewe Packs Features into Minimalist Design

    Loewe Packs Features into Minimalist Design

    The Loewe stand at IFA caught my eye for two reasons.  The image above struck my funny bone, and the image below filled me with deep techno-lust.  At a show filled with televisions that all looked very much alike, Loewe had on display a number of sleek, stylish televisions that really stood out from the crowd. Like many other companies at IFA, Loewe was touting their own whole-house networked… Read More

  • Fluid Digital's latest media server rocks Media Server TV Pack

    Fluid Digital's latest media server rocks Media Server TV Pack

    Remember how Microsoft is only sending the TV Pack upgrade to OEM partners and not allow end-users an upgrade path? Fluid Digital is one of those OEMs and it seems they are one of the first companies annoucing availability. Their updated quad-tuner equipped servers will be available sometime later this year and will, of course, have ClearQAM capabilities thanks to the Media Server TV Pack. Read More

  • Google tries to take over our TVs

    Google tries to take over our TVs

    Google just announced its odd Google Media Server, a Windows app that finds photos, music, and video and makes it available to DLNA devices like the PlayStation 3, XBox 360, and most Media Center PCs. Google Media Server is a Windows application that aims to bridge the gap between Google and your TV. It uses Google Desktop technology such as Desktop gadgets for the administration tool and Google… Read More

  • Sony launches two new stylish Vaio "Media Center PCs"

    Sony launches two new stylish Vaio "Media Center PCs"

    Sony will update the TP1, their so-called “Media Center” PCs, with the VGX-TP1DQ/B and VGX-TP1D [JP], the company said today [JP]. The main difference between the two models is that the latter features a DVD drive, while the VGX-TP1DQ/B is equipped with a Blu-ray drive. In contrast to older versions, the new PCs come with a double digital TV tuner and improved “Giga Pocket… Read More

 
  • Review: SageTV HD Media Extender

    Review: SageTV HD Media Extender

    The SageTV HD Media Extender is a $250 ($200 if you already have a SageTV license)box that streams high-definition content from a PC over an Ethernet connection. Supported files include MPEG1/2/4, H.264, WMV, AVI, MP3, JPEG, PNG, and GIF and if you’ve got a TV tuner installed on your PC, you can watch and record television. It’s a nice option for fans of the SageTV media center… Read More

  • Media Center to get DVD streaming

    Media Center to get DVD streaming

    The folks at TGB sat down with Jessica Zahn of Microsoft at CES and got the nod that DVD streaming is coming. There’s no official time line as to when it will come to a media center near you, but rest assured it won’t be limited to high end setups. I don’t pay too much attention to media center, but I know many of you do so look for this to be unlocked in the Fiji update. TGB… Read More

  • Moneual I*magine barely looks like a media center PC, has really nice external touch screen

    Moneual I*magine barely looks like a media center PC, has really nice external touch screen

    I thought this was another oversized satellite radio home kit from afar. As I got closer, I figured it was some sort of retro bread crisper. Then when I got even closer, I could have sworn it was a big giant container like you use at the bank to whoosh your cash through those magical tubes (only red instead of gray). Finally, I realized it was some sort of PC with wonderful widgets and knobs and… Read More

  • HP Pavilion HDX: 20 Inches of Media Rockingness

    HP Pavilion HDX: 20 Inches of Media Rockingness

    HP and the rest of the laptop world are dumping hundreds of laptops tomorrow, but the HDX seems to stand out in a potentially crowded news day. It’s essentially a huge media center with a tilting screen and HD DVD drive and HDTV tuner. How much will it cost? About $2,000 with only a few of the extras and expect the price to rise stratospherically with the add-ons. It also runs Santa Rosa so… Read More

  • CyberLink Live Shares Media So You Don't Have To

    CyberLink Live Shares Media So You Don't Have To

    Where once there were none, there are now multiple options for accessing the photos, videos and music trapped on your home PC from any Web-enabled computer. CyberLink is putting its expert knowledge of media software to use to join said options. CyberLink Live (now in beta for her pleasure) is a free download that lets you lie on the floor in your underwear and enjoy content on one PC from another… Read More

  • Shuttle XPC X200m Hands On

    While I’m certain there are people out there that think Apple pioneered the “mini” computer, Shuttle Computers has long been an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of small-form-factor (SFF) PCs. The Shuttle XPC X200 is a prime example of that leadership. Measuring 2.1×8.3×11.8 inches (HWD), the little black-and-silver box is a powerful Media Center PC. Operating… Read More

  • JVC Sophisti DD-3 Media System

    JVC Sophisti DD-3 Media System

    JVC just dove into the home media center market and its latest offering is the Sophisti DD-3. Aside from an odd name, the DD-3 system is based upon speakers and a main unit. The main unit acts as a network media player, as well as a DVD player, AM/FM radio, CD player, and can stream audio from another PC. But one of the cooler features that makes the DD-3 stand out is the dedicated USB host port… Read More

  • AVerMedia AVerTV Hybrid Ultra USB TV Tuner Goes Both Ways

    AVerMedia AVerTV Hybrid Ultra USB TV Tuner Goes Both Ways

    The AVerTV Hybrid Ultra USB might look a tad on the dull side, but the little gray box contains a TV tuner for receiving both standard- and high-definition broadcasts and has an MPEG-2 hardware encoder as well. Plus, there’s an FM tuner built in for those of you that still listen to FM radio and want to listen and record it on your computer. The $129.99 (MSRP) package is designed to work… Read More

  • Linksys KiSS 1600 Wireless Media Hub

    Introduced today at CeBIT is the Linksys KiSS 1600 wireless media hub. This is a must-have media device that can stream all sorts of digital content including HD video to your TV through the internet or any other device set up on your network. The KiSS replaces your DVD player because it will upscale your entire DVD collection to 720p through HDMI. Most of the specs are still unknown, but it will… Read More

  • Beep Beep Beep, Wideload Coming Through: Clever3000 Home Server

    It’s big, it’s rotund in a rectangular way, it has 2TB of hard disk space and 2GB of RAM and did we mention that it’s huge. The CyberSelect Clever3000 is the ultimate media center for the home. It’s a high-performance beast running Windows Media Center Edition on an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor and an Intel 975 chipset to support Dolby Master Studio. The Clever3000 will… Read More