Aug 16 2013

News - Ceton infiniTV6 PCIe Pops At Retail

If after reading our review of the Ceton infiniTV 6 Ethernet, you thought "awesome now to wait for the PCIe version" the wait is over. Not only has the product page showed on Ceton's site it's also available from Amazon and Newegg. Having spent some quality time with its sibling, I can attest to the beauty of removing tuner scarcity from your PVR.

Feb 27 2013

News - Ceton shows off Android on the Echo and Media Center on Android

Ceton is trying to bring an integrated experience over to the Echo. They made mention that they are trying to get Android to run on the Echo. They are also trying to get Netflix integration, one of the best new coming off this announcement is trying to get Media Center to run natively in Android on the Echo.

Most interestingly, one of those changes is integrating Windows Media Center into Android, allowing users to access all the content that both platforms have to offer in a single user interface. A hefty goal indeed and one worth waiting for, but the question of when remains. 


Jan 17 2013

News - Ceton Annouces "My Media Center" Mobile Applications

I liked Ceton's Companion Apps for Windows Media Center enough to buy it twice (Android & Windows Phone). Now it looks like I'll need to reach into my wallet again to pony up for the Windows 8 "Metro" version which just launched. All the apps are $4.99 and available at their respective stores. You will need to search for the new name though; it's now "My Media Center".

Full PR after the click.

Dec 12 2012

News - Ceton Patches Echo's Interlaced Video Issue

Ceton Echo

I knew that Ceton would fix the issues with the Echo, but I did not expect the to make up ground as quickly as they have. While there is still some work to do, what is probably the most serious issue with the Windows Media Extender seems to be fixed in the latest (2012.1212.1449) firmware currently making it's way through validation. I've tested a few 1080i (interlaced) files so far, and it's looking good (literally) for both WMC TV viewing and the Echo.

Dec 08 2012

News - Ceton Extends Echo Return & Warrantey Periods

Ceton Echo

In what must be an attempt to define a B-School case study in how to triage a product launch, Ceton announced today that they are extending the return period to 90 days for everyone who buys an Echo before January 1, 2013, doubling the warranty to two years and defining the purchase date for beta participants as November 26 - giving everyone until the end of February to make up their mind on the Windows Media Center Extender. Obviously this buys them more time to get everything working right, but it's also fantastic to see a company being honest and putting the customer first.

 That level of customer passion is a precious asset to attain and even more valuable to hold on to.  We know the launch of the Echo hasn’t lived up to the standards you expect of us and that we set for ourselves.  We won’t make excuses or try to spin a story about new typical new product glitches.  The bottom line is that the Echo isn’t performing to the level we expect and we want you to know that we stand behind our products and are working non-stop to make things better.  Those of you who have had an Echo since the beta program have seen us roll out some significant improvements over the last few weeks but we’re not yet where we want to be in terms of performance, stability and features.  We’re confident that, in the end, everyone who purchased an Echo will be glad they did.



Dec 05 2012

News - Ceton Blogs - State of the Echo

It's great when a product launch goes perfectly, but it doesn't always and what separates a good company from the rest is how well they handle the criticism and communicate with their customers. In this case it's Ceton who is having to talk Echo - and I think they did a great job outlining the current issues. Unfortunately, there isn't a timeline for when the most serious set will be resolved though. Head over to their blog for the full post.

The Echo may look like a tiny, seemingly-simple device but in reality it’s a large and complex project.  It involves hundreds of different components, many of them custom-designed by us, from dozens of partners around the world.  Like any complex project, it’s a significant effort to make sure all the pieces come together at the same time in order to have a flawless launch.  Despite our best efforts, we know now that we didn't achieve that in this case.  While we think the Echo is a good product today, the team has been working around the clock to make it the great product we know our customers demand and that we demand of ourselves.


Nov 27 2012

News - Ceton Echo Getting Android (ICS)

With retail availability just a few days away it turns out that Ceton still has a few tricks up their sleeves - with an announcement going out tonight that they will be adding the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) rev of  Android to the Echo. Not much is known about what that means exactly with queries around Play access gleaning nothing useful (I'm hoping that we'll get Netflix at the very least). Either way it sounds good.

Adding Android Support

Speaking of new features, one of the big projects we’ve been working on is adding the Android platform to Echo!  As you might imagine, having Android will give us lots of opportunity to extend the Echo in interesting new ways with more capabilities and apps.  Android is not included in this week’s update but we’re working hard to get it out as a Christmas present Smile   Since you’re probably wondering … it’s the Ice Cream Sandwich version.

Nov 02 2012

News - Ceton Echo Now Available for Pre-Order for $179, Newegg Exclusive

Ceton Echo

It is has been a long time coming, but the Ceton Echo Windows Media Center Extender is now available for pre-order for $179. Pre-orders will be taken exclusively at Newegg and carries a listed release date of 11/30/2012. Ceton is stating that pre-orders will be fulfilled on a first ordered/first shipped basis. Making the deal even sweeter, Newegg is including free shipping and a $10 promotional gift card for pre-orders. At the moment, the specifications that Newegg is listing for the Ceton Echo are not completely accurate. We have reached out to Ceton for clarification and they are working to get the specs list corrected, so be sure to visit Ceton's product page if you want accurate details about the Echo's capabilities. As the first new WMC Extender to be released in a number of years, and likely to be the last as well, there has been a great deal of interest in the Echo. We will have a full review in the near future, but be sure to check out our first look preview to get a little taste of what to expect.

Starting today, consumers can pre-order the Ceton Echo at Newegg for $179 and receive a $10 Newegg Gift Card as well as free shipping.  The Ceton Echo is expected to ship to pre-order customers by November 30, 2012 on a first-ordered/first-shipped basis. 

Oct 11 2012

News - Ceton Echo Beta Begins

Ceton Echo

Anyone already in Ceton's Echo Windows Media Center Extender beta program found out this morning that they will start shipping the units in the next few days. Taken on its own this is less news than continued taunt aimed at those unlucky enough to be left out, but we did find out something very interesting in the mailer - the Echo is coming in a vastly sleeker form factor compared to what we saw at CES.

Oct 03 2012

News - Ceton Echo Slightly Delayed, Release of the Ceton Q on Indefinite Hold

Hot on the heels of sharing fantastic news about the Ceton Companion App extending its reach to the Nook, comes some less welcome news. Ceton has shared some updates on the Ceton Q and the Ceton Echo. Unfortunately, the Ceton Echo has been delayed a little bit. The beta units will not be shipped this week as the alpha testing has gone on a bit longer than anticipated, but the company is still confident that they will make the holiday shopping season.

Ceton Q on Hold

If only that was the worst news the company had to share. Plans to release the Ceton Q have been placed on hold. Ceton had planned for the Q to run on Windows Embedded and was using Windows Embedded 7 for the demo units at CES this year, but because Microsoft is refusing to confirm one way or another if Windows Media Center will be included in Windows Embedded 8, Ceton has made the decision that the best course of action is to pull back from launching the Q this year.

Do note that I have not mentioned anything about the Q being cancelled. Ceton is holding out the possibility that the Q might still come in 2013 in some form, but the company has decided that they are better served being open and transparent with where things are going for the company right now, a example I wish more companies would follow. Hopefully this simply proves to be a temporary setback, or perhaps even an opportunity for Ceton to take the Q in some new, unexpected, and undoubtedly awesome direction.

What we have decided is that the Ceton Q as previewed at CES will not launch this year as we planned 10 months ago.  It’s possible the Q will launch in 2013, either as initially envisioned or perhaps re-envisioned, but we can’t guarantee that at this point.  We know there is a ton of interest in the Q and that this news will be disappointing to a lot of you but we think it’s important to be upfront about where things stand.


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