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Internet TV Arrives in Media Center

On Sept. 28th, Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate users found a new feature inside Media Center: Internet TV. Located under "TV + Movies", Internet TV brings all sorts of television and video content from your PC to your TV, with no need to install a TV tuner in your PC. Featuring content from MSN Video, the initial offering from Internet TV features full episodes of TV shows, full-length music concerts, movie trailers, news from MSNBC, sports clips from FOX Sports, and more.

After selecting the Internet TV option in Media Center, you will find six main categories to choose from: Top Picks, Movies, Music, Entertainment, Sports, and News. The Top Picks section contains some of the best items from the other five categories, like the Batman Dark Knight trailer and the John Mayer concert. Under the Music category, there are concerts from Maroon 5, Snoop Dogg, Chris Cornell, Velvet Revolver, Oasis, Evanescence, *cat Dolls, The Bravery, and more, as well as music videos. Under Entertainment, you can watch full TV show episodes, like those from critical fav "Arrested Development." In addition, there are shows available from networks like A&E, bio, The History Channel, NBC Today, Food Network, HGTV, DIY, National Geographic, and Fine Living.

The MSN TV channel offered clips from 90 some hit shows like "Heroes," "My Name is Earl," "Survivor," "Chuck," "Bionic Woman," and so many more. Under Movies, you'll find trailers sorted by genre or status (box office, coming soon, on DVD). In Sports, there are clips from the latest games and dedicated areas for NFL news and NCAA Football. The News section offers current news clips and a section focused on the 2008 election. The Internet TV content is high-quality and optimized for broadband streaming. To access the content on your TV, you'll need to have a Media Center Extender, like the Xbox 360 or one of the newly announced Extenders from D-Link, Linksys, HP, or Niveus.

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  • Lord ZimbuLord Zimbu

    In slightly more interesting news.. for peeps who can't see internet tv in their VIsta Ultimate Media Center...

    DreamScene was added to windows update on the 25th, YAY.

  • Lord ZimbuLord Zimbu

    In slightly more interesting news.. for peeps who can't see internet tv in their VIsta Ultimate Media Center...

    DreamScene was added to windows update on the 25th, YAY.

  • Larry LarsenLarryLarsen "Lightbulb"

    BTW: In case you don't have automatic updates turned on or you need to kick start getting this update, following are the procedures you follow via a email from Galileu Vieira:

    1.       Delete C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\eHome\mediacenterdatastore.db

    2.       Delete all folders in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\eHome\Packages

    3.       Run command prompt under admin privileges

    4.       Go to c:\windows\ehome

    5.       Run “mcupdate.exe –u”

    6.       Start Windows Media Center and just navigate a while, then leave it open. After some time the updates should all be there.

     

    This is also a handy tip for populating Online Media with foreign content. After deleting all the above files and folders, change all your region settings to the country desired and proceed with the forced update.

     

  • Larry LarsenLarryLarsen "Lightbulb"

    BTW: In case you don't have automatic updates turned on or you need to kick start getting this update, following are the procedures you follow via a email from Galileu Vieira:

    1.       Delete C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\eHome\mediacenterdatastore.db

    2.       Delete all folders in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\eHome\Packages

    3.       Run command prompt under admin privileges

    4.       Go to c:\windows\ehome

    5.       Run “mcupdate.exe –u”

    6.       Start Windows Media Center and just navigate a while, then leave it open. After some time the updates should all be there.

     

    This is also a handy tip for populating Online Media with foreign content. After deleting all the above files and folders, change all your region settings to the country desired and proceed with the forced update.

     

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