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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 (aka UR1)

    The Windows Homer Server team has announced a new minor release that adds new functionality and improvements including: Windows Home Server Connector Software Windows Home Server Data Backup Remote Access Home Computer Backups More details… Windows Home Server...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...