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Mediaroom 2.0 Announced at CES

From Microsoft:

Today at CES, Microsoft announced Mediaroom 2.0, the new version of their award-winning IPTV middleware platform. The update enables service providers to more subscribers than ever before, delivering more content to more screens — both inside and outside the home.

Mediaroom 2.0 allows service providers to:

  • Deploy Mediaroom as the cloud that powers their service
  • Bring live, recorded and on-demand content to Windows 7 PCs via Windows Media Center with no additional hardware
  • Expand their service footprint beyond the reach of their IPTV network by offering existing on-demand TV service to their entire broadband customer base
  • Use Microsoft Silverlight and Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Smooth Streaming for the access and delivery of on-demand content.
  • In the near future, enable playback on compatible smartphones

Microsoft CES Keynote – Live Stream

Microsoft CES Keynote – Live Stream

11:12 pm EST: Ok so from a Media Center perspective there was almost nothing.  The mentioned the Ceton tuner in passing.  The showed an update to MediaRoom that seems to be integrated into Media Center but it was not 100% spelled out.  No word on anything else.  The show officially starts tomorrow.  Let’s see if anything else comes out.

11:03 pm EST: They are showing some cool Xbox stuff but all the videos are blocked from the stream.

10:50 pm EST: So far no real new Media Center news to report.

10:45 pm EST: Reintroducing the slate PC.  Will they have Media Center still built in?

10:43 pm EST: Showing a convergence of the content on multiple devices.  Very cool but when will it be a reality??

10:42 pm EST: MediaRoom coming to Xbox 360 later this year.  If Uverse is in your area you can use the 360 as your Uverse DVR.

10:40 pm EST: Microsoft Media Room being made available on the PC.  Will this be in Windows Media Center?  Could this allow me to use Uverse with my Media Center?????

10:38 pm EST: There was a new strip named Silverlight Movies.  Hmmmm…  What is that?

10:36 pm EST: Showing Internet TV in Media Center.  So far nothing new to this crowd.

10:34 pm EST: Showing Windows Media Center with the Ceton Cable Card.  Recording 4 HD streams at one time.

10:27 pm EST: Talking about small form factor PCs to power your TV in the lineup of all the different types of PC.  Nothing more than a mention.

10:22 pm EST: I’m going to fall asleep waiting on the Media Center announcements.

10:18 pm EST: Still talking about what they did in 2009.

10:10 pm EST: Going over 2009 accolades.

10:06 pm EST: Microsoft believes in Screens Everywhere, powered by the cloud and enabled by natural user interfaces.  This is there focus.

10:04 pm EST: Seth Myers comedy bit.

10:02 pm EST: Live video stream is about 10 – 15 seconds behind Engadget Live Blog.

10:00 pm EST: CEA President welcoming everyone to CES and introducing Steve Ballmer.

9:57 pm EST: The stream audio is stuttering!  This is annoying.  Showing a video about what CES is all about.

9:56 pm EST: Finally!

9:53 pm EST: Ok, maybe I typed to fast.

9:50 pm EST: Here we go!

9:48 pm EST: Media Center just scrolled across on the pre-conference filler video.  It had a logo on a TV, PC and portable device that read: “2 More”.  Wonder what that’s about.

9:46 pm EST: Now it says that it starts in 5 mins.  Resolution on the stream seems to be going up and down a little bit.

9:45 pm EST: Still waiting.  Hopefully the power issues can be resolved quickly.

9:43 pm EST: It would be nice if they were streaming this in HD.  Definitely noticeable when watching on the TV.

9:41 pm EST: Stream is running.  Click the link at the top and make sure you have Silverlight.

9:40 pm EST: Ian Dixon is reporting power problems at the keynote. Link

9:36 pm EST: So far this is not what I consider a live stream 🙂

9:33 pm EST: Am I missing something?  Still no link to start the live stream.

9:30 pm EST: Where is the stream???

9:27 pm EST: Waiting on the live stream for the Microsoft keynote to come up.  Now that I have the PC hooked up to the TV I will be watching it on the big screen.  I hope extenders show up!!!

Ceton Quad Tuner for $399!!!

The CES rumor mill is in full swing.  Zatz Not Funny is reporting that the Ceton Quad Cable Card tuner will be announced by Steve Ballmer during the Microsoft keynote on Wednesday night and that the quad tuner will ship during the first quarter for a price of $399.

If this turns out to be true these things will fly off the shelf.  I know I want want.  The ATI Cable card tuners were $300 for a single stream and it was a bulky box that connected via USB.  Looks like Microsoft may be getting behind this card in a big way.  Hopefully that support is what allows them to sell the quad tuner for $400.  This is great news if true.  Stay tuned.

Update on CableCard HDHomeRun

GeekTonic is all over the breaking news on the CableCard HDHomeRun.  Looks like the tuner is definitely real and it will work over the network like the current HDHomeRun.  This is huge if you want to create a tuner pool and just have mini form factor PC’s around the house instead of extenders.  The possibilities are really opening up.

CES cannot get here fast enough!

Read the full article here

Silicon Dust to annouce Cable Card product at CES

My Network Project reader Dana (thanks!) has sent in a link to breaking news over at GeekTonic.com (full story). Looks like Silicon Dust will be getting into the Cable Card business and will make the announcement this week at CES.

This news is exciting for HTPC enthusiasts for two reasons. The first is that all of the hopes for new Cable Card tuners no longer rests on the shoulders of Ceton. I still have faith that Ceton will deliver a great product but now we have choices and competition which at the end of the day will be good for HTPC consumers and also help broaden the market for HTPC’s.

The second reason to get excited is because it’s Silicon Dust producing it. Most enthusiast HTPC setups (mine included) have an HD Homerun as part of their TV tuner pool. It is a quality product that just works and it has great support via the forums and constant software/firmware updates. We can only expect that the Cable Card tuners will get the same respect from Silicon Dust.

CES officially starts on Thursday but kicks off with a keynote from Microsoft Wednesday night. Unfortunately I will not be in Vegas in person for CES this year but I will be grabbing as much news as possible and posting here as it comes across the wire.