Nov 08 2010

News - Linksys MCE Extender Issues

Have you guys heard about this? Apparently over the weekend some users at TGB started complaining that their Linksys DMA Media Center Extenders pretty much stopped working. Ed's still trying to get to the bottom of this, but it's pretty bad press for Microsoft.
The Green Button discussion thread contains what appears to be a reasonable, if slightly complicated workaround that involves disabling the Internet connection, setting a dummy DNS address for the extender, and then re-enabling the Internet connection after the PC and extender are reunited. I’m waiting to hear back from Cisco and will update as I get more information.


Nov 05 2010

News - NBC Puts Undercovers into Witness Protection

While I heard some good things about this show, I just did not expect it to last.  Apparently, that premonition has come true for the NBC show, as it will be ending after the current 13 episodes air.  The preview I saw was interesting, but not enough to make me want to watch it.  Then again, after Mr. & Mrs. Smith, this show couldn't possibly measure up.

NBC confirmed Thursday that it will not pick up the final nine episodes of the freshman drama "Undercovers" from producer Warner Bros. Television.

Production of episode 12 is currently underway, and network officials say they'll keep their commitment to their initial 13-episode order ... although they're not sure what they'll do with the final episodes.


Nov 05 2010

News - Life Unexpected(ly) Canceled by CW

While it's not quite official, CW has not ordered any further episodes of the series.  It has apparently drawn only half the audience it did during season one and that certainly does not bode well for any show.  Other than Smallville, what else airs on the CW?  I can't think of a single show.

As the network’s lowest rated show, CW execs asked for a couple additional scripts but didn’t order them into production. Life Unexpected is the only series on the network that’s been limited to 13 episodes this season.


Nov 05 2010

News - Zotac's Zbox HD-ID34BR-U nettop

This is a beautiful little HTPC client from Zotac, with a very unique form factor that would blend with anything, even those fancy Bang & Olufsen gear! Agreed that it's slightly odd the device doesn't include a remote, but it looks like this could be a solid client for you.

The real jewel in the new Ion GPU's crown, as least as it pertains to the Zbox, is PureVideo HD decoding. This feature accelerates the decoding of high-definition video content, promising silky smooth video playback at 1080p resolution with VC-1, MPEG2, and H.264, the three codecs used to encode Blu-ray movies. Furthermore, the PureVideo HD engine can be used by Flash 10.1 to accelerate the playback of Flash video.


Nov 05 2010

Guide - Sharing Ceton InfiniTV Tuners with Client HTPC Systems


Please see our new guide for the official Ceton Network Tuner Wizard which makes the procedure outlined in this guide much simpler and virtually fool-proof.


We have good news, and we have some bad news. The good news is that Ceton has graciously allowed to publish a guide to Tuner Sharing with the Ceton InfiniTV beta firmware.  The bad news is that it is still in beta. 

What does that mean to you? Unless you are already part of the beta program you will not be able to utilize the HTPC bliss that is shared Digital Cable tuners. Before anyone starts scouring the Internet for the beta firmware, your InfiniTV serial numbers needs to be registered as part of the beta program for the firmware to install, don’t waste your time.

Assuming the bad news has not completely discouraged you, read on to see what we have in store.

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