Saturday, 16 October 2004

Among the many, many new Media Center PC news items to hit the street this past week, I forgot to mention one that has had me all excited ever since it was first mentioned some time ago: The Media Center Extender for Xbox.

I'm in the process building a Media Center Dev Machine so I can work on a few tech ideas I want to explore and try. Since I already have an XBOX, I will probably pick this title up and use it to set up part of my Media Center network at home. I just have to work out the details around tuning the satellite box and whether I am going to be able to get a decent Portland HDTV signal out here (and hence which capture device and tuner I'll use and whether I have to use one or two tuners).

The Xbox title is one of the Extender line (a set-top box is also available) that Microsoft is releasing with this new version of their media-centric operating system.

Information from

With a wired or wireless connection to the Media Center PC (sold separately), the Xbox console now allows you to enjoy the digital entertainment media from your PC when and how you want. The included remote control and IR receiver also support DVD movie playback. Just grab the remote, drop in the Media Center Extender DVD in your Xbox, and get ready for an entertainment revolution! A whole new world for your Xbox awaits …

  • Watch and record television shows.
  • Enjoy a free integrated TV Program Guide with no fees.
  • Access your Media Center PC’s digital media library music, videos, and pictures.
  • Stay connected with instant messaging and Xbox Live™.
  • Watch DVD movies.
  • Listen to FM and Internet radio.

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Saturday, 16 October 2004 11:17:41 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Saturday, 16 October 2004 17:52:09 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Both Nvidia "" and Hauppauge "" have Dual Tuners comeing out soon.
Thursday, 04 November 2004 21:41:36 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Go to there is all you need to know about hdtv
Monday, 22 May 2006 04:46:58 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Once again we in the UK suffer.

Yes, you can buy a media PC but NO, you cannot buy an extender in the UK.

I have tried for weeks to source an XBox extender with no luck as well as a dedicated MCE Extender.

What's the point in selling us half the system?
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