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  • Blog Post: 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. ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 ·...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...