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MCIA installation case studies
The Media Center Integrator Alliance has just published two case studies demonstrating two approaches for installing Windows Media Center. The first case study out of Florida is a fully automated showcase home coming in under $50,000 with Windows Media Center at the core of the experience. The second...
30 May 2009
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
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
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
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
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
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...
23 Jun 2008
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...
20 Jun 2008
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...
4 Jun 2008
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...
23 May 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
Windows Media Center experience throughout the house with rack-mounted Extenders
There are several ways to provide your customers with the Windows Media Center experience. This post covers one of those design strategies simply referred to as centralized Extenders. Like all designs, this approach has certain advantages and disadvantages and it will be up to you, the installer, to...
8 May 2008
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 email@example.com if you have a good T&T you'ld like to share as well. Thanks and have a great time!
23 Apr 2008
HP MediaSmart Update – Extender for Windows Media Center
HP recently released a firmware update for their SL4278N and SL4778N MediaSmart TVs that enables the display to connect easily to a Windows Media Center PC and view HD content in any room in a client's home. This is the first Extender for Windows Media Center that is integrated directly into a display...
21 Apr 2008
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
New Okoro OMS-ZX 100 Windows Media Center
Take a look at the OMS-ZX 100 Windows Media Center PCs from Okoro Media: From the Okoro web site : ZX100 Digital Entertainment System Intel Core™2 Extreme Quad Core Processor QX6850 3.0GHz 3 Gigabytes of Memory NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT HDMI output 32GB High Speed Solid...
1 Apr 2008
Windows Media Center & Digital Cable Setup video
A new Digital Cable Setup video is available that gives step by step instructions on how to setup digital TV in Windows Media Center on a Windows Vista Digital Cable compatible PC. The video walks you through the steps to activate CableCARD™, configure Windows Media Center and set up the program guide...
28 Mar 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
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
Niveus Media announces Niveus Media Center Companion and offers free download of software
Niveus Media just released Niveus Media Center Companion, new software for Windows Media Center owners that turns any laptop, desktop, or tablet PC into a super remote control for Windows Media Center. According to the press release Niveus Media Center Companion finds the networked Windows Media...
16 Feb 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
Monitoring Media Center PCs
One of the top concerns we hear from installers is reliability in home entertainment components. A great way to ensure Media Center PC reliability is to deploy the system so that it can only be used for entertainment purposes and it isn't being used for applications, games, browsing, etc. Stick it in...
16 Jan 2008
Even More Extenders for Windows Media Center
In addition to the new Extenders from Linksys, D-Link and Niveus Media, CE professionals will soon have even more options available for their installs from HP and Samsung. Availability and price point details are also available in the press release at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/jan08...
8 Jan 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
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