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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 2007-09-27, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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MS Unveils Extenders for Media Center and Internet TV Beta

Today at DigitalLife, Microsoft Corp. joined initial launch partners in revealing details about new Extenders for Microsoft Windows Media Center. These devices, which are expected to be available for purchase this holiday season,.

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From press release

New Devices Build a Wireless Entertainment Bridge Throughout the Home

The Media Center Extender with DVD Player (DMA2200) from Linksys, a division of Cisco, is an elegant solution that combines an upscaling DVD player with a dual-band Wireless-N Extender for Windows Media Center. It allows consumers to enhance their entertainment systems by teaming Extender for Media Center functionality with DVD playback capabilities in a single device. For consumers seeking a smaller form factor, Linksys will also offer the Media Center Extender (DMA2100), which delivers all the appealing features of Extender for Windows Media Center in a compact dual-band Wireless-N solution that is ideal for spaces, such as bedrooms, that call for a smaller device footprint.

These new Linksys Media Center Extenders give consumers easy access to their HD television content, digital music and digital photos using just one remote control, and feature both digital and optical audio outputs that enable consumers to utilize their existing custom audio systems. They will be available for consumers to purchase in the U.S. this November at estimated street prices of $349.99 and $299.99, respectively.[/url].

The D-Link DSM-750 MediaLounge HD Media Center Extender is housed in a sleek, 17-inch, black aluminum chassis, and connects to the home network using Ethernet or dual-band draft Wireless-N networking to make it easy to enjoy the Windows Media Center experience with friends and family on a home entertainment center. The DSM-750 lets customers enjoy HD videos with resolutions of up to 1080i; supports Windows Media Video (WMV), DivX, and XVid formats; and includes a USB 2.0 port for instant access to music, photos and videos stored on removable USB flash drives or hard drives. The suggested retail price for the device is $349.99 (U.S.).

The HP MediaSmart LCD HDTV, currently available in 42-inch and 47-inch sizes, will support Extender for Windows Media Center technology through an optional software download, expected to be available in early 2008. The MediaSmart TVs support 1080p video, 802.11n wireless, and DivX, XVid, WMV and other video formats — delivering all the compelling features of the Media Center Extender platform incorporated directly into a TV. Although existing MediaSmart users can already access photos, music, videos and movies by simply connecting their TV to their wired or wireless home network, Media Extender functionality will provide them with a new set of enhanced features — such as controlling live TV and accessing Windows Media Center Internet TV — all easily accessible using their TV remote control. The HP MediaSmart TV is available in Best Buy stores nationwide, and through a wide range of audio/visual specialty stores throughout the country.

Designed for the high-end home theater enthusiast, the Niveus Media Extender - EDGE offers a high-fidelity experience, uncompromised 1080p video, digital audio and the same amazing 3-D user interface found on the award-winning Niveus Media Center. Additionally, the Niveus Media Extender features the proprietary Niveus Glacier Passive Cooling System for cool and quiet performance and a sleek and stylish audio/visual form factor. The Niveus Media Extender - EDGE is expected to be available in early November. Pricing has not yet been announced.

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Windows Media Center Internet TV Beta Is Launched

On the morning of Sept. 28, 2007, U.S. users of Windows Vista Home Premium edition and Windows Vista Ultimate edition will find a new feature inside Media Center: the beta release of Internet TV. This new feature will allow people to enjoy a range of television and video content on their PCs and TV sets without a TV tuner in their PC. This streaming video content will be supported by an advertising platform provided by YuMe and will be available to viewers for free.*

The content available in Internet TV comes from MSN Video, with more than 100 hours available at the start of the beta period, including the following:
  • Full episodes of TV shows such as the critically acclaimed “Arrested Development”
  • Full-length music concerts by artists such as Chris Cornell, Snoop Dogg, Elton John, Pink, John Mayer and the Pussycat Dolls
  • High-quality movie trailers from major movie studios
  • The latest news segments from MSNB
  • Sports clips from FOX Sports

Internet TV has been designed for both the TV and PC screen, and features high-quality video optimized for broadband streaming. Viewers can enjoy these high-quality videos on Extenders for Windows Media Center, including Xbox 360® consoles, as well as PCs running Windows Media Center in Windows Vista (available in Windows Vista Home Premium and Ultimate).

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 2007-09-27, 09:59 PM
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Can it stream MyTV?

The one thing I could not find by visiting their websites is if any of these boxes can stream the tv content from Media Center.

What I mean by that, is my Media Center has a tuner card and I can watch TV on. Will I be able use these boxes to watch that on a second TV?
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 2007-09-28, 03:13 PM
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Yesh, you will be able to have to complete Media Center interface on your tv by using a hardware extender.

You can already do this with an xbox 360.
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Expensive compared to the Hauppauge MediaMVP I got for my SageTV box. Sage will release an HD extender in the coming weeks and the hype is high about it.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 2007-10-02, 01:46 AM
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While the Extenders should be available in Canada, though it hasn't been announced specifically by D-Link or Linksys, InternetTV is only available in the U.S. for now.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 2007-10-02, 01:46 PM
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Wouldn't it be great if they hooked it up to the xbox live marketplace...dare to dream...


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