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Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2007-10-02, 12:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,607
Posted By TedS
While the Extenders should be available in...

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.

Ted
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2007-07-10, 02:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,708
Posted By TedS
mozq1to, I use this set-up on a dual-tuner...

mozq1to,

I use this set-up on a dual-tuner card, to allow me to record and watch at the same time. You'll need to do a registry hack to get the analog tuner from the wall to work - just google or...
Forum: Television Industry / Channels and Providers   2007-07-06, 11:01 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 10,957
Posted By TedS
Peter, First, I think that it's good to...

Peter,

First, I think that it's good to raise the profile of this issue beyond just the HTPC gearheads. I'll be happy to volunteer any time if we can get like-minded people together. But, as much...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2007-06-06, 12:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,784
Posted By TedS
According to some blogs...

According to some blogs (http://davisfreeberg.com/2007/05/30/all-is-not-fair-in-love-and-war-are-canadian-telcos-exploiting-do-not-copy-rules-to-sell-more-dvrs/), it's a "Copy Never" that the cable...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2007-05-17, 03:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,439
Posted By TedS
v2 Extenders for Vista Media Center are coming....

v2 Extenders for Vista Media Center are coming. In fact, BillG mentioned them in his keynote from WinHEC on Tuesday morning. These extenders are based on "Pika" embedded technology - which has been...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2007-02-08, 12:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 858
Posted By TedS
Remote Control of WMP (or MCE MyMusic)?

Does anybody have a recommendation for remote control software that will run on my laptop, tablet PC or PDA to allow my to control my WMP (or MCE My Music) from another room using WiFi?

Other...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2007-02-08, 11:54 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 39,753
Posted By TedS
Peter, Thanks for this info - I've been...

Peter,

Thanks for this info - I've been meaning to use dvd-wmv for a while. I looked at their site (quickly) and couldn't find the following - do you know this off the top of your head:
(a) Is...
Forum: 2006   2006-12-29, 05:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,090
Posted By TedS
By default, the MCE IR Blaster has two output...

By default, the MCE IR Blaster has two output ports for controlling two STBs.

Ted
Forum: 2006   2006-12-18, 10:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,010
Posted By TedS
STBs to become Media Center Extenders?

It seems that we are close to an era when STBs will become Media Center Extenders - see: http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/entry/3368/directv_rolls_out

Wish #1: Canadian satellite and cable providers...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2006-11-25, 02:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,231
Posted By TedS
By MCE Vista, I meant all the SKUs of Vista that...

By MCE Vista, I meant all the SKUs of Vista that support MCE funcitonality. I think there will be two: Premium and Ultimate.

Ted
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2006-11-25, 12:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,231
Posted By TedS
Peter, I gave OTA/ATSC a C because of the...

Peter,

I gave OTA/ATSC a C because of the limit choice of OTA in Canada. Southern Ontario is lucky but here in Vancouver, I only get one channel without an outdoor antenna.

I also didn't...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2006-11-24, 04:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,231
Posted By TedS
List of Known HD Content for MCE in Vista

Being a big MCE 2005 user, I thought I'd just piece together what I know about the various HD content sources for MCE Vista and their known states. Please feel free to add info:

1. HD via OTA...
Forum: Television Industry / Channels and Providers   2006-10-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 26,532
Posted By TedS
Just an update: I just came back from the...

Just an update:

I just came back from the Digital Life 2006 trade show (New York, NY). I saw the following:
- TiVo 3 populated with 2 CableCards - very nice picture
- Windows Vista MCE with a...
Forum: 2006   2006-08-15, 01:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 796
Posted By TedS
I just looked at the specs, it appears the 37DB5U...

I just looked at the specs, it appears the 37DB5U doesn't have either VGA or DVI in, so your choices are (in order of best resolution):
1. HDMI - though it's likely that you don't have this...
Forum: Television Industry / Channels and Providers   2006-08-11, 10:11 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 26,532
Posted By TedS
Yes, my mistake. My google alert just brought it...

Yes, my mistake. My google alert just brought it me today. I should have looked at the story's date. Sorry, again.
Forum: Television Industry / Channels and Providers   2006-08-11, 10:06 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 26,532
Posted By TedS
ATI Preps CableCard for the PC Microsoft and...

ATI Preps CableCard for the PC
Microsoft and ATI plan to bring CableCard to the PC by the 2006 holiday season. CableCard, an open standard developed by Cable Laboratories, is essentially a PC Card...
Forum: 2006   2006-08-11, 05:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,084
Posted By TedS
In our tests with Intel Dual Core's, we've had 2...

In our tests with Intel Dual Core's, we've had 2 x 1080p WMV9 repeatively playing (in WMP9), recording an SDTV signal (in MCE), watching an SDTV channel (in MCE) and then watching another SDTV...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2006-08-09, 09:09 PM
Replies: 528
Views: 125,462
Posted By TedS
HDMI is only one of several hardware changes...

HDMI is only one of several hardware changes coming in Vista. Here's a good summary of things that you should consider in your next PC: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0%2C1697%2C2000438%2C00.asp...
Forum: Television Industry / Channels and Providers   2006-08-08, 01:51 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 26,532
Posted By TedS
Time Warner comes back around -- CableCARD will...

Time Warner comes back around -- CableCARD will be supported on TiVo3: http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/tivo/time-warner-cable-apologizes-says-they-will-support-tivo-series-3-192353.php

Ted
Forum: 2006   2006-08-01, 09:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 828
Posted By TedS
The thing about ffdshow is that it can scale...

The thing about ffdshow is that it can scale pristine quality DVD MPEG to a big screen TV, but with an MPEG-2 stream made from varying quality of analog SDTV input, you don't know what you're going...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2006-08-01, 09:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,708
Posted By TedS
Yes, but it would be S-Video/Composite quality -...

Yes, but it would be S-Video/Composite quality - not HD quality - not really what you want (unless you've got the HD receiver w/o the PVR). One benefit is that you'd get to use the Electronic Program...
Forum: Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) and Media Extenders   2006-08-01, 02:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,708
Posted By TedS
I recommend the following: - For your MCE...

I recommend the following:
- For your MCE machine, get a double tuner card, with one cable input coming from your STB and the other cable input directly from the wall
- For your STB, have a cable...
Forum: Television Industry / Channels and Providers   2006-07-31, 02:10 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 26,532
Posted By TedS
Here's some information directly from a Microsoft...

Here's some information directly from a Microsoft Program manager: http://mediacenter.mattgoyer.com/archives/2006/07/28/1160

So far, the known facts are:
1. Microsoft Vista Media Center SKUs will...
Forum: 2006   2006-07-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,579
Posted By TedS
Depends where you are.

Depends where you are.
Forum: Television Industry / Channels and Providers   2006-07-19, 04:20 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 26,532
Posted By TedS
okay, Hugh, still a lot of blather from you - but...

okay, Hugh, still a lot of blather from you - but still no specifics on what doesn't work in the Cablecard. I guess that's the benefit of being the administrator.

The cable and satellite companies...
Forum: Television Industry / Channels and Providers   2006-07-19, 01:55 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 26,532
Posted By TedS
In fact, Cablecards are working well enough -...

In fact, Cablecards are working well enough - that TiVo3 is now on the verge of consumer availability (see: http://www.zatznotfunny.com/2006-07/tivo-confirms-series3-testing-hitting-retail-soon/).
...
Forum: Television Industry / Channels and Providers   2006-07-19, 01:43 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 26,532
Posted By TedS
I read most of the other thread but a lot of what...

I read most of the other thread but a lot of what was on their was before media centers became as significant as they are today.

Actually, I dispute your 95% - most consumers don't care about PPV...
Forum: 2006   2006-07-17, 06:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,569
Posted By TedS
1. Select your home automation protocol, your...

1. Select your home automation protocol, your choices are - (you can create hybrid solutions):
- INSTEON, Z-Wave, UPB, ZigBee are current generation technologies
- X10 - older generation...
Forum: 2006   2006-07-12, 11:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,142
Posted By TedS
1. With HDTV/ATSC, you're streaming a lot of data...

1. With HDTV/ATSC, you're streaming a lot of data - better to send it local to your HDD then over the network. (bit rate info: http://www.widemovies.com/dfwbitrate.html)
2. Also, if you're active...
Forum: Television Industry / Channels and Providers   2006-07-12, 01:22 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 26,532
Posted By TedS
Hugh, Personally, I don't want it as a...

Hugh,

Personally, I don't want it as a periperal to my TV, I want it as a peripheral to my PC. In this case it seems to be a very good solution.

As per Wayne's comments, if I had a USB 2.0 or...
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