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  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces multiyear deal with DirecTV for media devices

    I just saw this tasty morsel from the press release at CES about Billg’ keynote: “Gates also announced a multiyear partnership with satellite TV provider DirecTV Group Inc. to get the company's satellite video directly onto Media Center-based devices.” So, there is hope to get off Comcast and...
  • Blog Post: UltimateTV vs Comcast’s HD/DVR

    **Updated** I have gotten a lot of comments and questions internally at Microsoft because I offered to sell my UltimateTV boxes after switching to Comcast’s HD DVR ( Motorola DCT6412 III) about a month ago. I switched to Comcast because I have had a rear projection HD TV for a few years and never...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Music Phone, and what I really want for Christmas

    It looks like Microsoft will be trying to keep up with Apple’s iPod phone by announcing a phone with Orange that allow you to play WMA files . My Siemens SX66 from Cingular already does with via an SD card, but I am sure that 3-4 GB of storage is what they are shooting for. I have no inside information...
  • Blog Post: Sony is brilliant, PS3 may surpass Xbox 360 in the future

    The reason has nothing to do with games. Pretty much, all games are available on all platforms. The reason is Blue-ray. Is Blue-ray the best technology? No. Is it the cheapest? No. Is the PS3 a cheaper and better Blue-ray player than stand alone players? Yes. Not only is it the cheaper or the same...
  • Blog Post: I can finally build my Media Center PC, well almost

    Looks like I will be able to finally build a Media Center PC next year and have cable and HD content pipped directly to it. Microsoft and Cable Labs finally got it together to allow MCE to support cable cards. This was the final hurdle for me to adpot MCE as the hub for my house, I didn't want a bunch...
  • Blog Post: Earth vs. the Satellite, where to get TV?

    I sit here listening to a presentation about Microsoft’s IPTV offerings, that are being implemented by some of the bigger DSL providers. Ya ya, who has 1.5 Mb DSL when you can get 3-5 Mb cable modems? Well if you like DVR’s, HDTV and video on demand (VOD) all in one device, you want to switch to...
  • Blog Post: Are you in the TIVO Generation?

    You may be asking yourself, what is the TIVO generation? Details below. (In your best Jeff Foxworthy voice) You might be in the TIVO generation if: · You sit in meetings wanting to fast forward the presenter · You look for the rewind button on your car stereo because you just missed something...
  • Blog Post: Comcast Improves, and I finish my home theatre

    So, I decided to get a powered CATV amplifier for my house to see if my loosing picture with Comcast was maybe just the box saying “weak signal”. Well, this has solved the issue of it loosing picture! But, we are still having to power down the settops every couple weeks because it freaks out and I can...