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Windows Media Center flaw activates pirated Windows 8 copies

11/21, 11:21am

Promotional upgrade performs activation on leaked version

A security flaw in Windows 8 has seen Microsoft unintentionally issue pirates of its latest operating system with a free security key. A version leaked in August that required the use of a third-party server offering Key Management Services activated copies for 180 days, but a promotional upgrade by the company now turns these illegitimate copies into fully activated installations.

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Whiteman Technology reveals 3TB Delta DVR HTPC

04/18, 2:50pm

Delta DVR stores 3TB using Windows Media Center

Whiteman Technology has revealed the Delta DVR, an HTPC with a set-top box styling. The Delta DVR offers 3TB of storage using Windows Media Center, which Whiteman is attempting to replace multiple home entertainment devices with.

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AirPlay reaches Windows Media Center in beta app

05/24, 3:55pm

Requires bonjour but not iTunes

Thomas Pleasance has released an AirPlay for Windows Media Center (WMC) Beta add-in. The app allows a user to run AirPlay transparently within WMC. The user can then share pictures or video originating from an iOS device such as an iPad on their TV or PC. The initial release does not support music.

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Elgato HDHomeRun pipes HD TV to networked Macs, iOS, PCs

05/16, 2:20pm

Elgato intros HDHomeRun Wi-Fi dual TV-to-PC tuner

Elgato gave its North American audience an option of whole-home TV media streaming on Monday. The HDHomeRun carries twin HD TV tuners and will share two simultaneous over-the-air or cable TV signals to Macs and Windows PCs over the local network. It talks to the network over Ethernet but can properly stream over a good Wi-Fi signal.

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Mediaroom may get Silverlight, tie into Media Center

01/25, 1:25pm

Mediaroom IPTV may bring Silverlight and WMC hooks

Microsoft's Mediaroom IPTV backbone might get a major boost soon if leaks prove accurate. One project, codenamed Taos, would give it direct support for the Silverlight plugin and play web-based TV on DVRs without needing special support. While few details were available, ZDNet reiterated that it might be part of a wider strategy for web video in the living room, since Microsoft is already porting Silverlight to the Xbox 360 and has been working on support for system-on-a-chip hardware needed for set-top boxes.

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Windows Phone 7 to control Media Center set-top-boxes

01/09, 3:25am

CES 2011 used to demo new tech

Reycom, a Swiss-based tech company has used CES 2011 to debut its upcoming Windows Media Center ‘REC 7’ set-top-box that can be controlled by Windows Phone 7 mobile phones. The new Windows Media Center STB is running Windows Embedded Standard, a less system resource hungry version of Windows 7. The Reycom STB also incorporates a TV tuner, Internet connectivity and a built-in Blu-ray player, the functions of which can be remote controlled by a WP7 phone.

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EyeTV Netstream Sat gives computer-free satellite TV to iPad

11/15, 5:25pm

Elgato unveils EyeTV Netstream Sat for iPad, more

Elgato today brought out its first satellite TV option that doesn't require a computer to view. The EyeTV Netstream Sat pipes any freely viewable European satellite TV through to a local network and can play it back to an iPad or iPhone through the EyeTV app (free, App Store) as well as Macs and Windows PCs. It works over both Ethernet and 802.11n Wi-Fi and can rely on USB to feed DVB-S2 terrestrial video.

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Microsoft replaces device, software execs following exits

10/01, 2:00pm

Microsoft promotes three execs to presidents

Software and hardware giant Microsoft on Friday promoted three executives to the titles of president to help fill out the vacancies when entertainment and devices president Robbie Bach left this summer, along with Business division president Stephen Elop. This includes Andy Lees, the senior VP of Microsoft's mobile communications business who now becomes the president of the mobile communications business; Don Mattrick (pictured), Xbox, Zune and Windows Media Center head becoming the president of interactive entertainment. Kurt DelBene, senior VP of the Microsoft Business Division will be president of the newly renamed Office Division.

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Review: Hauppauge HD PVR

08/07, 12:45pm

Hauppauge HD PVR gets our test

Hauppauge is no stranger to digital video capture; it has been around since 1992. With its HD PVR tuner, though, it's promising something special: a simple recording box that can capture HD video and transform it into H.264 video usable just about anywhere. But while it can manage quality, can it also match that in utility? Our quick review finds out.

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GlideTV bows unusual HTPC trackpad remote

10/13, 4:15pm

GlideTV marries AV, computer controls

Catering explicitly to home theater computers, GlideTV today produced an unusual controller known as the Navigator. The bowl-shaped peripheral has a trackpad for mouse pointing but is surrounded by AV controls and a directional pad that ease navigating through common apps. It can steer through Front Row and iTunes on Macs, Windows Media Center, and platform-independent apps like Boxee or SageTV.

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CableCARD tuners to be available as aftermarket accessory

09/09, 10:00pm

OEM requirement lifted for CableCARD tuners

Microsoft, speaking at a Windows Media Center keynote at CEDIA, announced changes to the purchasing requirements for CableCARD tuners. The components will now be available as an aftermarket accessory, enabling customers to add to functionality to their own systems.

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