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  • Blog Post: Media Center University: Optimizing for Entertainment & Networking – Part 2

    Mike Seamons continues his presentation of Optimizing Media Center for Entertainment in this second video filmed at EHX Spring 2008. In part two, he discusses the steps he takes to optimize Windows Media Center. He discusses removing all unnecessary software, installing Windows Updates and other configuration...
  • Blog Post: Media Center University: Optimizing for Entertainment & Networking – Part 1

    Download: iPod | MP3 | WMA | WMV | WMV (high) | Zune In the first installment of Optimizing for Entertainment and Networking at EHX Spring's Media Center University , Mike Seamons provides guidance on choosing one technology over another. In his presentation, he covers the difference between analog...
  • Blog Post: EngadgetHD Extender Overview

    If you are looking to get a better understanding of which Extenders are right for your installations, take a look at Ben Drawbaugh's The Media Center Extender shootout article. He walks you through some of Extender options on the market today, their features and stats. http://www.engadgethd.com...
  • Blog Post: Media Center University: Whole House Integration of Media Center Systems – Part 4

    Our very own Todd Rutherford builds on previous Media Center University topics in the first half of his presentation by providing guidance on integrating WMC with automation systems and designing the right WMC solution to meet the needs of the customer. Topics covered include...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks

    As we come accross various tips and tricks that can help you as an installer deliver an awesome Media Center experience to your client, we'll post these here. We encourage you to send email to cei@microsoft.com if you have a good T&T you'ld like to share as well. Thanks and have a great time!
  • Blog Post: CGMS-A, Broadcast flag and Windows Media Center

    Recently there has discussion regarding copy protection for television broadcasts , we wanted to provide some top level information on some of the various copy protection mechanisms that are used for television broadcasts and the affect on Windows Media Center. The Broadcast Flag is only used for...
  • Blog Post: Media Center University: Whole House Integration of Media Center Systems – Part 5

    The second half of Todd Rutherford's presentation on integrating Windows Media Center into a whole home solution focuses on content acquisition for the customer. Topics covered include: Content Online - Download / Streaming Personal media Other ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft @ CEDIA EXPO 2008

    Microsoft heads to CEDIA EXPO 2008 with some exciting announcements and new initiatives for custom installers. Last year at the show, the Windows Media Center team showcased the latest hardware from their channel partners and engaged integrators in education and training. Planning to continue this momentum...
  • Blog Post: Installing & Configuring WebGuide

    In the last WebGuide installment , we gave an overview of the rich feature set that allows users to remotely access content. This installment covers the installation process, including how to configure WebGuide so users can access their Windows Media Center PC from outside the home and you can easily...
  • Blog Post: In-room Extender Design Strategy

    One of the simplest strategies for setting up a Windows Media Center (WMC) home entertainment network is to place the Extenders in the same room as the audio and video equipment. Similar to the centralized Extender design we covered previously, the Windows Media Center (WMC) is still centrally located...
  • Blog Post: CGMS-A and Windows Media Center

    On Tuesday June 10th, 2008, at 10AM PST, Microsoft will release the Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista (KB950126) that addresses some of the concerns around the CGMS-A flag. More information around copy protection for television broadcasts can be found on the blog post dated June 4th...
  • Blog Post: CE Pro Remote Guide

    Are you looking to revamp your remote control offering or find new ways to reduce complexity for your customers? CE Pro just published an article and slideshow that walks through many of the latest remote control options on the market. Most of the remotes featured can be programmed to or specifically...
  • Blog Post: Media Center University: Optimizing for Entertainment & Networking – Part 3

    In the final segment of Optimizing Media Center for Entertainment & Networking, Mike Seamons walks through Extender set up, network tuning, Windows Home Server and some different deployment topologies. WMC can be installed as a HTPC, centrally in the rack or as a headless Extender server and Mike...
  • Blog Post: Free & Easy Web Development for Home Entertainment Integrators

    Setting up a web site can be an overwhelming effort for a small business. As a home entertainment integrator, creating a destination where your customers can find you on the web and learn about your business is a must. A web site can give your business credibility and help you differentiate your business...