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2007 Ultimate Install Contest Winner Article - Imperium Smart Systems
Residential Systems Magazine just published a great article on the winner of our first Ultimate Install Contest. The article gives a full overview (including pictures) of the winning 12 zone Windows Media Center based system from Imperium Smart Systems LLC in the 8,500 square foot Orem, Utah home. ...
2 Apr 2008
2008 Innovative Housing Technology Awards (IHTA)
The eighth year of the Innovative Housing Technology Awards has been kicked off by TecHome Builder Magazine . The awards aim to recognize and promote best tech advancements and building practices in the housing industry. This is another opportunity for installers and integrators to stack their work against...
4 Mar 2008
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...
7 Jul 2008
2008 Ultimate Install Contest Announced!
The 2008 Ultimate Install Contest was kicked off today. For the second year in a row, we are challenging integrators to find new and creative ways to use Windows Media Center as the entertainment backbone of their installations. The winner will be announced at CEDIA Expo 2008 in Denver later this year...
13 Mar 2008
CEDIA Electronic Lifestyle Awards 2008
The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association announced its annual CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles ® Awards competition, the most prestigious contest in the residential electronic systems industry. This year’s version has a revised Theme Theater Category and a new award, Best Documentation...
1 Mar 2008
EH's Best Homes of the Year Awards 2008 Contest
Electronic House Magazine’s Best Homes of the Year Awards 2008 contest is now underway. Entry is free, but the 2/4/08 deadline is quickly approaching. Categories include: · Best Home Theater (various price ranges) · Best Family/Media Room · Best Master Suite · Best Master Bath ·...
22 Jan 2008
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 ...
14 Jul 2008
CES Interviews with Exceptional Innovation, Inteset, Niveus and S1 Digital
At CES 2008, the folks at Channel 10 caught up with four companies who are doing great things with Windows Media Center. Everything from custom built servers, to cutting edge cooling systems, to full home automation. Exceptional Innovation showcases Life|ware which seamlessly integrates your Windows...
9 Feb 2008
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...
22 Jul 2008
A smarter bed and better night's rest coming to a home near you
Leggett & Platt recently showed the StarryNight sleep technology bed at CES. This next generation bed boasts features like an iPod docking station, dual zone temperature control ranging from 68 to 117 F, and optional stereo/video components to make even "Mad Mike" smile ( http://www.cmimadmike.com...
14 Jan 2008
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...
13 May 2008
EHX Spring 2008 - Channel 10 Interviews
Larry Larsen from Channel 10 caught up with several companies doing great work with Windows Media Center at EHX Spring 2008 in Orlando. Representatives from Autonomic Controls, Superna, Cutting Edge PC’s, and Cannon PC’s showcased several products that you can offer in custom Windows Media Center installations...
3 Apr 2008
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...
30 Jun 2008
The NextGen Digital Lifestyles Home Videos
It is interesting to think how close to the Jetsons we have really come. As an installer you deal with the future of home entertainment and home control integration, but at CES 2008 The NextGen Digital Lifestyles Home really showed some of what is possible in home entertainment technology. Life|ware...
14 Mar 2008
Welcome to Microsoft’s CE Installer blog!
Our team believes that Microsoft technologies can enable consumer electronic installers to be more successful. We plan to use this blog to help us develop a better relationship with the installer community by sharing solutions and new information. Over the course of the last year, our team has...
5 Jan 2008
Servicing and warranty coverage of Xbox360's you resell to your customers
There are many of you who are using Xbox360's as great additions to your custom installed home entertainment solution for your clients. Whether they want an awesome gaming console or a compelling and powerful Extender for Windows Media Center, there is so much an Xbox 360 can do for your consumers. ...
24 Jun 2008
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