Make the most of your Media Center - Plug in, turn on Video
Sure, Microsoft's Media Center OS can do a lot, but we've got more, from great plug-ins to scheduling TV recordings remotely.
At CES 2007, we take a look at the SideLink Remote with backstage crew member Richard Gunther. This remote uses Microsoft SideShow technology to interact with the TV and media center.
Turn your Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad into a universal remote to control your TV or home entertainment center using this small adapter and a free app.
Boxee, an all-in-one media center for your PC, is slowly gaining momentum as a go-to source for all of your videos, photos, and music. This week, the company has signed up Netflix so users can seamlessly stream movies on their computer by using their TV remotes. On this Daily Debrief, CNET's Kara Tsuboi and Josh Lowensohn discuss why Boxee has the right ingredients to be a game-changer in how we watch our media.
Winamp is a free multimedia player made by Nullsoft. It supports numerous audio and video formats. It also plays streamed video and audio content, both live and recorded, authored worldwide. It has an extremely customizable media library, and allows you to rip and burn your favorite music CDs. Winamp has thousands of skins and plug-ins that allow you to change the look-and-feel of the player, as well as add new features. The player also has access to thousands of free songs, videos and online radio stations from SHOUTcast Radio and AOL Radio with XM.
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At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates touts the Portable Media Center, a pocket-size device that plays music, movies, TV shows and other content.
At CES 2007, we take a look at the HAVA Gold HD, a media center device that can transfer a TV signal to multiple PCs in your home.
DVR, HD tuner, Blu-ray, and more...our favorite HDTV expert, PCMag.com's Robert Heron, joins us with a host of tricks for turning Vista's Windows Media Center into a great home theater PC.
Steven, a law student in San Francisco, shows CNET News.com how he turned his Xbox into a multimedia center. By installing a "mod chip" in the game console, he can watch movies and other videos he downloaded off the Internet--on his television set.
CNET News.com does not endorse the use of mod chips. Modifying your Xbox will void the warranty and prevent you from accessing Microsoft online services.