Plex, an especially handsome piece of media center software, has been shoehorned onto jailbroken AppleTVs. It's still in early development, but man if this isn't the most beautiful way to stream all those files of yours to your TV screen.
The standard cheapo dorm room media center is a few cinderblocks and a few two-by-fours. But that is a pretty ugly and cliched solution. This Freefold shelving system is instead made of cardboard, and it actually looks pretty slick.
Like Kate Moss, this crazy thin EdgeCenter media server from Piixl (who?) is nearly invisible when viewed from the side. And that's precisely the point, as the pricey unit is meant to be hidden behind your HDTV.
Roku updated the lineup today with two new models bookending the current Roku HD: The $80 standard-def SD and the $130 HD-XR, which I tested. It's solid, but still needs a firmware upgrade (coming soon) before it feels truly next-gen.
Just in case you missed it buried underneath the upgrade to Netflix Watch Instantly the other day, Microsoft has gone live with Internet TV on Windows 7 Media Center, offering content (of rather poor picture quality) from the following providers:
This Ceton Multi-Channel CableCARD is very interesting, both for its ability to decode six cable streams at once to record six shows at once on your Windows Media Center, and for the fact that it's not all that expensive.