Can Media Centers do HDTV?

The ideal situation is to be able to decode HDTV signal directly into the media center without having to go through a cable or satellite box. Microsoft has promised they will support this capability in the upcoming release of Windows Vista (Fall 2006) and ATI demoed the OCCUR at the 2006 CES in Las Vegas. This new TV tuner card will allow you to receive HD signal directly into your Media Center plus it has built in cable card support (CableCard 1.0).

CannonPC LX Series Media Center PC

With one simple remote control and a wireless keyboard (if I need it), I have access to Live and recorded TV and HDTV, DVD's, My Movie and Concert Collection, My Music Collection, My Photo Collection, Radio, Internet browsing, internet services such as Napster. movielink, xm radio online, msn music. reuters news services, fox sports online, gaming on demand and many others.

DVD Insider #49

# A Little Security Goes a Long Way # Good People Sometimes Do Bad Things # Tomorrow Will Be Better

DVD Insider #50

# Fiddle-dee-dee. War, war, war; this war talk's spoiling all the fun at every party this spring # You go into the arena alone. The lions are hungry for you # No, I don't think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly # As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again

DVD Insider #51

Revisiting Star Wars * A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… * The Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded * Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi; you're my only hope * The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers

Getting to Know Audio Servers

The audio server market is ripe with choices for music enthusiasts. Whether your preference is for an elegant, self-contained music management system, or a complex array of ways to customize music playback to your fine-grained needs, there are many media servers out there for your taste and budget.

Grid Friendly Appliances

Grid Friendly appliance controllers, which are about the size of a playing card, can sense the frequency of electricity and measure deviations from its normal 60 Hz to determine the health of the energy grid and respond without the need for any communication system.

HD-DVD First out of the Gate at CES

Whether Blu-ray manufacturers know it or not, it is now a horse race for the mind share and eyeballs of the consumer, and early reports in from CES seem to indicate that the HD-DVD camp is first out of the starting gate and taking a lead in that race.

HDTV Untangled

Put simply, HDTV is high definition TV. Self-explaining acronyms aside, HDTV displays signals that are much higher in resolution than what has been broadcast since the dawn of television itself. The improvement is immediately clear: greater detail and more realistic images.

Home Theater Design - Part 4

Dimmers are essential to create appropriate lighting ambience for a theater environment. There are several types of dimmers that can allow remote control of your lighting, either using an IR remote or a lighting control system.

Intermingling X-10 and New Lighting Technologies

Many X-10 users will want to intermingle few UPB or other RF capable switches at first, migrating their homes over a few years, spreading the cost out.

Jamo 775 HCS 4 Speaker System

I selected these speakers for our demo because of the looks and size of them. Once I set them up with the AVR-793, the quality of the sound blew me away. This system brought my DVD concerts and music collection to life.

Knowing Your Market

There are few certainties in the market place, but losing customers to confusion is one of those. Another has to do with customer frustration and how it usually precedes the demise of customer trust. Ultimately, the fall-out always directly impacts the consumer, who end-up without industry support and products that are anything but "do it yourself".

Logitech Z-5450 Digital Wireless 5.1 Surround System

Logitech, combining its expertise in wireless technology with its leadership in high-performance multimedia speakers, has delivered an original new surround-sound speaker design that solves the unsightly cord problem without adding any additional components.

Making TV Meaningful

IPTV has the potential to cause a paradigm shift in telecommunications services, and service providers, especially telecom operators, have a great opportunity to increase customer ARPU. With the addition of video into the package, things become more complicated. Consumers attach more value when it comes to video. Quality and quantity of video content are important issues that drive consumer preferences.

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