Windows Media Center

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    Ceton Echo review: Extend Windows Media Center from your PC to your TV

    Posted February 2, 2013 - 8:25 am

    The universe of Windows Media Center Extenders--a class of networking hardware that enables you to connect the PC in your den to the TV in your living room--rapidly shrunk to just one device after Microsoft rendered its Xbox gaming console capable of the trick. Now Ceton is trying to carve out a niche in this space with its Echo--a component barely larger than a Roku box.
  • Add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 for free--for a limited time

    Posted November 14, 2012 - 1:41 pm

    Windows 8 doesn't come with Windows Media Center, but you can add it to Windows 8 Pro at no charge with this limited-time offer
  • Control Windows Media Center from your Android, iOS, or Windows Phone device

    Posted September 15, 2012 - 7:20 am

    Regular readers know of my fondness for Microsoft's red-headed stepchild, a.k.a. Windows Media Center.
  • Improve your Media Center PC's power management with Away Mode

    Posted August 24, 2012 - 9:01 pm

    Over the years I've remained a mostly steadfast fan of Windows Media Center, the baked-in software that turns your PC into an awesome companion for your TV.
  • Add Windows Media Center to the Windows 8 release preview

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:35 am

    As we discussed last month, and much to the chagrin of users everywhere, Windows Media Center won't be included in Windows 8.
  • Windows 8 dumps default DVD playback

    Posted May 6, 2012 - 7:35 am

    Physical discs took another step towards extinction late Thursday after Microsoft announced that DVD playback will not be available by default on Windows 8. The new move adds another wrinkle to Microsoft's previous disclosure that Windows Media Center, the company's PC-based entertainment hub software, would not be included in default configurations of Windows 8. Windows Media Player will continue to be offered in all versions of Windows 8, but without DVD playback capability.
  • Like Windows Media Center? Don't upgrade to Windows 8

    Posted May 6, 2012 - 7:30 am

    As we reported earlier today, the "default configurations" of Windows 8 will not include Windows Media Center. Likewise, Windows 8 won't offer DVD playback capability.
  • Turn a PC into a DVR

    Posted January 28, 2012 - 8:28 am

    Looking for a way to cut that pricey cable-TV cord, but don't want to give up on watching and recording your favorite network shows? Turns out there's an easy and very affordable solution. It's called Windows 7.
  • Stream Video from Windows Media Center to iPhone or iPad

    Posted July 25, 2011 - 10:42 am

    If you're a Windows Media Center user and an iOS device owner, you'll definitely want to check out Remote Potato.
  • The Cheap and Easy Windows Media Center Setup

    Posted May 21, 2010 - 7:29 am

    You can spend hours of time and hundreds of brain cycles analyzing and comparing pre-built set-top boxes, or wondering if Boxee or XBMC will run with your hardware. Or you can load up Windows Media Center on a tiny computer or laptop and start enjoying Hulu, your own files, and even other media centers on the side.
  • Make Your PC a Man-Cave Media Center

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 12:18 pm

    Practically any modern PC can handle the functions of almost every piece of hardware in a typical home theater: cable box, DVR, Blu-ray player, even stereo amplifier. What's more, the PC can do things that no cable box can--streaming Netflix movies, playing your entire music and photo libraries, burning recorded TV shows to DVD, and much more.
  • Color-Code the Windows Media Center TV Guide

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 2:32 pm

    Last week I showed you how to add channel logos to the Windows Media Center TV guide. Today let's look at another guide tweak: color-coding the listings.
  • Stop Windows Media Center from Hogging Hard Drive

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 10:33 pm

    As I've mentioned in the past, I'm a big fan of the Windows Media Center software that comes baked into most versions of Vista and Windows 7.
  • Handy Tips for Windows Media Center and More

    Posted October 6, 2009 - 12:04 pm

    Now that Microsoft's release of Windows 7 is just around the corner, everyone's falling over themselves with reviews and how-tos. I'm no different... this week I've got tips on tweaking Windows Media Center (which comes in Vista and Windows 7), plus some general Windows tips that make using the OS a little less frustrating.
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