Oct 14 2006

News - Comcast Remote 30 Second Skip

If you are the lucky owner of a Comcast Motorola DCT3412 box, there is a hack available online to program your remote for a 30 second skip for commercials. Its a pretty simple hack that will have you in commercial skip heaven in no time.

From the article: 

Via PVRWire

  1. Choose an unused or unneeded button on the “silver” remote to be the 30-second skip command. I used my “A-lock” button, and in retrospect (with two kids) that’s probably not the best choice, but I wanted it near the other DVR controls. Other choices are the PIP buttons at the bottom, (maybe there’s a hack for those too?) or the “help” button (there’s no help either).
  2. Press the “Cable” button at the top of the remote to put it into Cable Box control mode.
  3. Press and hold the “Setup” button until the “Cable” button blinks twice.
  4. Type in the code 994. The “Cable” button will blink twice.
  5. Press (do not hold) the “Setup” button.
  6. Type in the code 00173.
  7. Press whatever button you want to map the 30-second skip command to.
Oct 14 2006

News - Wal-Mart to RIAA: We're not gonna take it!

I think we all know that CD prices have been a bit out of whack for sometime now. Wal-Mart certainly thinks so and they are letting the RIAA know that they want to sell the CD's for 10 dollars and still make a profit. I know I would buy a lot more CDs for that price.

From the article:

Tensions are not as high now as they were last winter, but making sure Wal-Mart is happy remains one of the music industry's major priorities. That's because if Wal-Mart cut back on music, industry sales would suffer severely -- though Wal-Mart's shareholders would barely bat an eye. While Wal-Mart represents nearly twenty percent of major-label music sales, music represents only about two percent of Wal-Mart's total sales. "If they got out of selling music, it would mean nothing to them," says another label executive. "This keeps me awake at night."

Oct 14 2006

News - NoviiRemote Deluxe 4.1

If you have a PDA collecting dust around the home, you might as well turn it into a great programmable remote. The NovviRemotepc_capture9 software package allows you to control any number of devise similar to any universal control, and also has the ability to learn commands from other remotes.

From the article:

Configuring this application, literally, is as simple as pointing the device's remote at your Windows Mobile device.  To start, tap the small red menu button which will enable to soft keys at the bottom of the display.  Tap the Options>New Device menu and you are prompted on which action to perform.  NoviiRemote Deluxe comes with a small database of devices already.  This database includes some of the more common brands and devices.  For example, you can choose from Phillips or Sony televisions, Panasonic DVD players and Tivo's.  Many of these work "out-of-the-box" which makes using this application quick and easy

Oct 14 2006

News - AudioControl Processor Extends HD Signals 1000 feet

If your den and media server a a thousand feet apart in your mansion, you finally have a solution to extend HD video signals this length. The transmitter accepts the 1080/720 signal with audio and outputs a signal via cat 5 to a receiver box. The receiver box then decodes the information for display.

From the article: 

The Maestro M2e in general, is feature laden, making it ideal for use in high performance home theaters and custom installation applications. The Maestro M2e boasts processing power that supports all of the major audio surround formats from DTS to Dolby Digital including the new Dolby Pro Logic IIx. In addition, an eight channel direct analog input is provided for use with DVD-A and SACD sources to allow for audiophile-caliber performances. Balanced and unbalanced audio outputs provide maximum sound performance output to all theaters. Additionally, the Maestro M2e is equipped with AM and FM tuners supporting RDS (Radio Data System) broadcasts. HDMI and high bandwidth component video switching serve as further evidence that the Maestro M2e is a top-level performer despite it’s aggressive pricing.
 

Oct 14 2006

News - Microsoft To Deliver TV Over Internet Within Year

And monkey's will fly out of my ass TV. There is no doubt that Microsoft is pushing to be a part of your livingroom and their strategy this time around is an IPTV platform. AT&T is taking their own route, while it looks like Verizon is going to partner with Microsoft's IPTV. It will be interesting to see how it shakes out in the end.

From the article:

The technology is still largely untested since AT&T has yet to offer high-definition video as part of its testing. Installations for the new service are taking longer, but Microsoft says these are just normal growing pains.

"Sometimes people lose sight of how ambitious this is," said Enrique Rodriguez, who took over as the new head of Microsoft's TV business in April. "We're not there yet in meeting 100 percent of our objectives, but we are on our way."

One additional benefit to Microsoft is that the Redmond, Washington-based company's IPTV platform will require a slew of Windows-powered servers to gather and stream content.

Currently, one server can service about 500 to 700 set-top boxes, but Microsoft said it expects improvements to soon push that number above 1,000 set-top boxes per server

 

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