Roku HD-XR Hands On: Where's Roku Going With This?

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. » 10/27/09 8:30am 10/27/09 8:30am

Windows 7 Media Center Internet TV Delivers CBS Shows and Zune Video…

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: » 10/22/09 1:12pm 10/22/09 1:12pm

Windows Media Center Opens Up DRM Restrictions on Shows, Allows More…

If you record a lot of shows using a CableCard in Windows Media Center, know that the upcoming 1.19 update will loosen the reins on these recordings and allow you to copy them to other WMC machines and portable devices. In other words, you record into WMC, you can copy the content wherever you want—save for… » 9/09/09 6:57pm 9/09/09 6:57pm

Windows 7 Media Center: The 10-Foot Experience's New Features

Microsoft has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to the living-room PC experience, thanks to Media Center. Slick interfaces and powerful audio/video features combine with the power of a full computer to create a nice experience—though it pays if your PC is CableCard-compatible, for full HD over cable. In… » 2/10/09 11:55am 2/10/09 11:55am

10 Really Cool Windows 7 Media Center Features

A few days back, I showed you the new touch interface for Media Center PCs running Windows 7 » 11/21/08 9:30am 11/21/08 9:30am, and though I had to pull the video, I promised a walkthrough of proposed Windows 7 Media Center features. I say "proposed" because, like everything else about Windows 7, this is all alpha and subject to change. But these…

Windows 7 Touch Control Makes Media Center More Awesome


Visiting Microsoft's Media Center posse in Redmond, I just caught a glimpse of the Windows 7 Media Center interface with integrated touch control (no third-party software) on an HP TouchSmart. All I can say is, I've always loved the MCE user experience—it really is a highlight of Microsoft design—but adding… » 11/19/08 1:44pm 11/19/08 1:44pm