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Going forward, the software you previously knew as XBMC will be called Kodi Entertainment Center beginning with release 14. Why the name change? One of the biggest reasons XBMC is renaming itself is because it has little to do with Microsoft's Xbox gaming consoles as opposed to when the software was released 12 years ago. "Six years have passed since the Xbox Media Center became XBMC, and simply put, 'XBMC' fits less now than it did even in 2008. The software only barely runs on the original Xbox, and then only because some clever developers are still hacking on that platform. It has never run... Read more...
After being development for over a year, XBMC version 11, otherwise known as 'Eden', is finally available to download as a stable release. Eden represents several milestones for the popular open source media player and entertainment hub, including Addon Rollbacks, big improvements to the default Confluence skin, speed increases, a better library, and so much more. "In addition to our many software improvements, we’ve increased our reach in the realm of hardware support since Dharma was released," the XBMC team said in a blog post. "Eden marks the first in-sync stable release for the Apple... Read more...
There are media center PCs, and there are Blu-ray players. Rarely do the two every intersect in any meaningful way, but S1Digital has managed to create the first Blu-ray Disc Changer that is actually fully integrated with Media Center.The device itself (titled the S1Digital Blu-ray Disc Changer) is a real beast; it holds one hundred Blu-ray Discs--which will probably take quite awhile to collect--and would much rather be connected to a Windows Media Center PC (Vista, Win7 or Windows Home Server) than directly to your TV. The reason? When linked to Media Center, all one hundred of the Blu-ray Disc... Read more...
For HTPC owners, most thought this day would never come. It's a liberation celebration, and frankly, it's coming way too late. Still, we'll take late over never almost all of the time, so we can't help but thank those involved for finally freeing CableCARDs of the OEM chains. This past week at CEDIA, Microsoft announced that anyone could now purchase an off-the-shelf CableCARD and install it into their system. This has absolutely not been the case in years past. Up until now, users have had to purchase an entirely new system from a certified OEM (think Dell, HP, etc.) with a CableCARD installed... Read more...
Targeting consumers who connect their computer to their TV, Hillcrest Labs introduced its Loop pointer. This unique mouse-like device lets you control a computer’s onscreen cursor with the flick of a wrist. The Loop pointer uses a round and ergonomic design with four buttons and a scroll wheel. This mouse was originally developed as a concept product to display Hillcrest Labs' Freespace in-air pointing and motion control technology. Freespace technology features high accuracy and precision. It also generates intuitive cursor motions on the screen regardless of the orientation of the device. For... Read more...
If you use your computer for watching TV shows and movies or listening to music--especially when this media is streaming to your PC from over the Internet--there is a good chance that you've at least heard of boxee, or perhaps you even use it. Boxee is a free, open-source, cross-platform, media center application that has quickly become very popular, not just with users, but also even with device manufacturers who have taken notice and are figuring out how to integrate boxee into their multimedia devices, such as set-top boxes. But apparently, boxee has a few detractors as well in form of some... Read more...
S1Digital, manufacturers of high-end Media Centers, revealed their new Media Center and Server lineup for 2009. Updates to the ProLine Series Media Centers add additional features and refresh hardware to bring more powerful digital entertainment capabilities to customers. S800 Media Server ($10,999.00 list) - Updating the already powerful S800 Media Center Server with Intel's latest Core i7 CPU and Extreme Series DX58SO Motherboard, the S800 can handle demanding activities such as streaming multiple HDTV content around the house while recording multiple TV shows and playing Blu-ray movies simultaneously.... Read more...
MAINGEAR Releases Powerful, High Definition, Low-profile Media CentersBased on AMD’s Innovative 780G chipset with ATI Radeon HD Graphics Union, NJ – MAINGEAR Computers, the premier high performance boutique integrator in North America is proud to announce the immediate availability of their new Axess HD Home Theater media center.  Featuring 1080p Full HD graphics courtesy of the AMD ATI Radeon HD 3200 GPU, the included Universal Video Decoder provides for a stunning high definition experience with advanced post processing and superior up-scaling capabilities.“Whether you want to watch... Read more...
Hello everyone.  Those of you that are in the market for a TV-Tuner card will have another option soon, courtesy of ATI and their new Theater 650 Pro chip and Catalyst Media Center software.  We've taken a look at a reference Theater 650 Pro card at HotHardware.com, alongside a build of the new Catalyst Media Center software.  Click here to check them out... And please Digg this article to share it with others.  Thanks!... Read more...
  In recent months, we've seen a major step forward in the image quality of TV Tuner cards on the PC.  As we recently saw with our review of NVIDIA's DualTV, an analog signal can now be cleaned up nicely with finely tuned comb filters and other technologies to bring clarity not seen with previous products.  As the technology has evolved, manufacturers now have the leverage to produce TV-Tuner packages with exceptional analog image quality along with other features, such as dual-tuners, using a single cable connection. While NVIDIA impressed us with their... Read more...
Citing a study by ABI Research, Eric from Ars Technica postulates that Media Center PCs may be about ready for prime time. Personally, a true Media Center PC is high on my priority list once the wife and I are completely settled in the new home, but the relative complexity and annoying DRM measures taken by the content providers may be a big turn off to less tech-savvy consumers. "Before getting our first TiVo a couple of years ago, we were faced with a choice: either the world's best-known DVR or a media center PC. A home theater PC was... Read more...
New Chip Delivers Exceptional TV To PC Users Around The World Enjoy a new way to experience PC multimedia entertainment with ATI Theater(TM) 650 Pro and Catalyst Media Center(TM) MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 6, 2006) - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) announced the Theater(TM) 650 Pro video processor chip for superb analog and digital TV reception for PC users around the world. The new chip offers full hardware support for Personal Video Recording (PVR) backed by unrivaled Avivo(TM) image quality. Theater 650 Pro is supported by ATI's new Catalyst Media Center(TM)... Read more...
Looking for an already built media PC? While it's always fun to build your own, sometimes a pre-built system with a full warranty is the way to go, and as Viper Lair explains, the Polywell MiniBox 939NP Media Center PC could be what you're looking for. "Pre-built systems can ease your pain in several ways. To begin with, they all come with warranties, so if something fails, you can just get it fixed. Everything has been pre-tested, so there's no guess work into trying to make things work. Finally, due to the sheer volume of purchasing, it is actually... Read more...