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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: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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. ...