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BigScreenGlobal By Remote Beta Update

If you have been reading the blog you will know that I have been evaluating both of the current remote scheduling applications available for Media Center in Windows 7.  I am currently using BigScreenGlobal’s By Remote so I was excited to see that there is a new updated beta.  If you have not tried it out its definitely worth it.  I will write up a review / thoughts on the update in a few days.

Here is the announcement:

** Big Screen ‘by Remote’ Beta Program Announcement **

We are very proud to announce that a brand new beta version of Big Screen ‘by Remote’ (v0.6a) has been launched – and now available for download from thebigscreenglobal.com website.

The new version adds to the great functionality of the previous beta – and extends the Beta expiry date for another 3 months to 1st October, 2010 (previous v0.5x beta’s are set to expire on July 1st, 2010).

Some of new features in this v0.6a release include :-

  • A new Silverlight v4 Desktop/Browser Client (previously written for Silverlight v3). The new client has an enhanced look + feel – and makes the most the faster and leaner Silverlight v4 engine. The OOB (Out of Browser) client is also enhanced to utilize the new borderless windows and ‘trusted’ installation features.
  • Along with the extended Expiry Date (to 1-Oct-10) is a new Serial Number based activation system (found in the other Big Screen products) – which now gets the expiry date from the bigscreenglobal.com server – rather than being hardcoded into the program itself (as was done with earlier beta versions). This will allow us to further extend your expiry date in future without you having to reinstall anything (and just requires you to run the ‘reverify’ function built into the software).
    Please Note: As we have now launched Big Screen EPG – the By Remote product requires you to register for a Unique ‘By Remote’ Serial Number (which is free for all account holders on bigscreenglobal.com – and can be obtained quickly and easily from the By Remote download page).
  • Mobile Search is also now available in the XHTML and IUI (iPhone/iPad) client. Providing a basic and advanced search capability (with filtered matching – much like what is available in the Silverlight Client) – this allows you to locate programs even faster from your mobile devices. 
  • The new Local EPG Data Caching feature (available in the Silverlight client) allows you to cache EPG data on your client mchines using Silverlights Isolated Storage capabilities – making browsing even faster than before – and saves you loads of bandwidth and roundtrips back to your server. The new cache settings dialog allows you to enable/disable caching as well as configure cache expiry times, view cache details, wipe the cache and adjust the actual size of the local cache.

We’d love for you to come and check it out – so please stop in to the product page at http://bigscreenglobal.com/bgproduct.aspx?PID=BSRV1 to find out more – and signup + download the new release. (Registration is completely free!).

You can also check out some screenshots of the new version – and read some more detailed information at our blog page – http://mobilewares.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!78533A1A2E078194!8124.entry – or follow us on the twitter account ‘niall_bigscreen’ to get instant news as it comes to hand.

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