Showing posts with label Media Center Extender. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Media Center Extender. Show all posts

Monday, January 3, 2011

Rumor: Microsoft TV

There are rumors that Microsoft will introduce a video streamer box at CES this year:

http://twitter.com/#!/slashgear/status/22224742257790977

I think that this could be a pretty good product that I would like. I think that this could be something that would help simplify my setup.

Announcement hopes:


Here is what I hope the announcement will be:

  • The box will be about the size of a Roku or Apple TV

  • It would run a version of Windows that has been stripped to only allow Windows Media Center to run.

    • Windows Media Center already supports Netflix streaming

    • Windows Media Center plugins would still be allowed to run

    • This would help prevent software conflicts

    • The box would automatically update itself from Microsoft's servers



  • These devices would also be Media Center Extenders

    • This would allow you to buy a few of them for a house, and be able to watch the same content in all rooms.



  • There would be two SKUs.  One with a hard drive for content, and one that would only stream content from other sources.

    • The SKU with the hard drive would allow the user to store content, and playback from the local hard drive.



  • These would also support Zune Marketplace to get access to video and audio content (as the Xbox 360 does).

  • These devices would also be UPnP AV client.

  • These would support USB or UPnP TV tuners, to allow viewing or recording (for the SKU that has the hard drive) of TV content.


Since Microsoft already has the Xbox, this device would need to be cheaper than the existing versions of the Xbox.  I would think that the version without the hard drive would be $100, and the version with the hard drive would be $200.

Pie-in-the-sky hopes:

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Network reorganization

I had been having problems with the reliablity of the Media Center Extender connection to the Media Center PC, from our bedroom.  Often, playback would pause, and I would have to reconnect to the PC.  This continued to happen even after switching to the Xbox.

I decide to reorganize my home network, to try and improve things.  I switched things around so all of the media related devices are on the same Gigabit ethernet switch.  Hopefully, this will help prevent bandwidth contention, when attempting to watch television or movies.



Next time I climb up to the attic, I need to label each of the ethernet cables, so I can know which room and port each go to.  Currently, it takes me a few tries to determine what is connected to each.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Xbox 360 in bedroom

A while ago, I mentioned that my wife bought me the new slim Xbox 360. I was trying to decide where I wanted to set up the old Xbox.  We have been using Linksys Media Center Extenders on each of the other TVs around the house, to give them access to the content on the Media Center.  But the Linksys extenders do not support other content like Netflix streaming.

I decided to set up the Xbox in our bedroom.  (And got the OK from my wife too.)  I have configured it to automatically start up in Media Center Extender mode when the Xbox starts up.  Since I want to access our Netflix streaming account from the Xbox, I created a Xbox Live Gold account for the Xbox, and associated my Netflix account to this Xbox account.

With this setup, I can access:

  • Live and Recorded TV from the Media Center

  • Netflix streaming content

  • DVD content

  • Content from the Zune Video marketplace

  • Hulu, Youtube, and other internet streaming content through the PlayOn server running on the Media Center


Also, we will be able to play games on this Xbox.  (Most likely only when my wife has her woman's group over)

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