Aug 16 2016

News - HDHR DVR comes to XBoxOne

I've never had a reason to regret opting for a PS4 over an Xbox One, but there is now one thing that I really wish that it could do - that the Xbox can now do. Work with the HDHR DVR.

Hopefully, PS4 is next Smile. If you have an Xbox, head over to the Microsoft store and let us know how it works.

Oct 08 2014

News - Plex Comes to XBox

Plex fans with an Xbox One (360 is "coming soon") can now enjoy their media on the Microsoft gaming console. I think this is great news and strengthens the device's position as a media consumption hub.

Plex for Xbox is currently available for free to Plex Pass subscribers. In the future, it will be made available, for a fee, to those without a Plex Pass. In addition to the Xbox app, a Plex Pass also gives you exclusive premium features and early access to new ones.


Sep 03 2013

News - Xbox One Isn't A Native Media Center Extender

I honestly don't quite know how to feel about this finally officially confirmed news that the new XBox One won't include the Media Center Extender infrastructure. I always suspected that this was the case, but officially hearing it is a sad ending to this journey. Windows Media Center is clearly not in the company's plans in the future. Sad day.

Will Xbox One work as a Windows Media Center Extender? For those that use a PC with TV tuner to record and watch TV, we use the 360 as an extender to stream this content to TVs. Will this continue with Xbox One?



WHITTEN: Xbox One isn’t a native Media Center Extender. We’ll continue to work to enable more ways for everyone to get the television they want over the life of the program.

via IGN


Jun 02 2012

News - Microsoft Smart Glass for XBox and ...?

So the key question for us all is how will this work with Media Center?   Any chance this will allow WTV files (copy-freely of course) to be transfered to mobile devices?    While I'm sure some of you already use DVRMSToolbox or MCEBuddy or even Handbrake (which now reads WTV files BTW)  to do this, it would sure be nice to have a simple out-of-the-box solution.

 Using the app, users will be able to play video and other media on tablets and phones and, more interestingly, push that content right to their consoles for playback on the big(ger) screen. But, it gets better: this app is said to be available for tablets and phones running Windows, Windows Phone, Android and iOS.

Engadget The Verge


Jan 23 2012

News - Dave Cutler, Lead Engineer for Windows NT, Working on Xbox

Dave CutlerThe launch of Windows 95 was a big deal for Microsoft. They licensed the Rolling Stone's "Start Me Up" for the commercials, had computer stores hosting midnight launches, and generally whipped up the kind of frenzy that only Call of Duty can muster in the software aisles these days. I, however, was dissatisfied. I wanted Windows NT. I wanted the stability, the NTFS file system, and the "true" 32-bit architectural underpinnings of Windows NT. I stuck with Windows 95 because Windows NT, by and large, was not suitable for gaming. Dave Cutler, the lead engineer during Windows NT's development and a major player in the development of Windows Azure has moved to Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business division to work on the Xbox. I don't imagine that Dave Cutler has suddenly become more interested in gaming than he was during the development of Windows NT or in media streaming which seems to be the real focus of Xbox development these days, so it begs the question, what is Dave Cutler doing working on the Xbox? I have a couple of theories that I have kicked around for a few years about how Microsoft might eventually turn the Xbox into a general computing platform, and an engineer like Dave Cutler would be just the person to lead such an effort. Anyone else have any thoughts on what Microsoft might be cooking up?

One of my contacts said to think about Cutler’s new role as focusing on moving Xbox beyond a gaming platform. Does that simply mean he’ll be helping Microsoft do what it’s already on the path to do: To make Xbox more and more of a TV and/or settop-box replacement? Or is it something bigger, like helping Xbox also become a home videoconferencing/telepresence hub — or maybe even a whole home-automation system?


Jan 10 2012

News - Comcast Xfinity TV coming to Xbox 360

At the Microsoft CES 2012 keynote, Microsoft has announced a content partnership with Comcast which will bring the Xfinity TV services to the Xbox 360 dashboard. Additional partnerships include Newscorp partnership which will bring Fox News, Wall street Journal, Fox and IGN content as well. Not word on the exact time frame just yet but we're sure it is only a matter of time when it goes live.

Microsoft told us not to expect a heck of a lot of news from its 2012 CES keynote, but it just took the wraps off of a couple of content partnerships. For one, we're told that Comcast's Xfinity TV will soon be coming to Xbox 360 (FiOS users are finally getting a little company, as it were), and moreover, there's a new News Corporation partnership that'll bring Fox News, Wall Street Journal, Fox and IGN to the aforesaid console. Craig Davidson, Director of Xbox, also threw a verbal high-five to U-Verse, Telus and Telefonica. No word on launch dates, unfortunately, but we're guessing the parties involved will be making their own announcements on that.


Jan 09 2012

News - Microsoft Announces Fox App for Xbox Live

News Corporation

Microsoft may not have had a lot to announce during tonight's CES keynote, but they did have a little bit of Xbox media streaming news in the form of the Fox App. Microsoft has partnered with News Corporation to bring content from the Wall Street Journal, IGN, Fox, and Fox News to Xbox Live. No timetable was given, but it should help Microsoft keep that steady flow of content coming for Xbox Live TV.

Nov 29 2011

News - Verizon Fios TV Coming to the Xbox 360

Today Verizon has announced plans to release their Fios TV services to the Xbox 360 platform. Users will have to subscribe to the Fios Internet and TV services in order to gain access to the service on your xbox. 

Another interesting fact is Verizon will sell a triple play package that includes, TV, Phone and Internet services for $89.00. As part of that triple play package it will include access to a one year xbox live gold subscription as part of the package to customers who sign up for the plan by January 21st. 

Verizon has a press release out today detailing plans for the launch of its FiOS TV service on the Microsoft Xbox. The service is still listed as “coming soon,” but all reports suggest general availability will happen before the end of the year.

As for the details of the Verizon Xbox offer, the operator says it will sell a FiOS triple play package along with a year’s subscription for Xbox Live Gold membership for $89.99 per month to consumers who sign up before the 21st of January. It’s also throwing in a copy of “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.” The Xbox app will be integrated with Kinect to support voice and gesture commands.


Aug 26 2011

News - ESPN3 Steps Up to the Plate with an Xbox 360 Update

ESPN on the Xbox 360

Microsoft continues to focus its living room aspirations on the Xbox 360. For a long time, one insurmountable advantage that Windows Media Center held over the Xbox 360 was access to live sports content. The addition of the ESPN3 app to Xbox Live changed that, and now the Xbox's ESPN3 app is getting an update that might just convince me to watch some sports. The app gets a UI overhaul that brings navigation more in line with the conventions of the Xbox 360 and would make the app feel right at home on WMC.

Users now have the option to turn on a live sports news ticker that runs along the bottom of the screen. With it running, the app looks for all the world like a standard cable channel, right up until you open the new mini-guide or the full content guide to pick a different stream. For college football fans, there is also an option to track the NCAA football scores, complete with live alerts that will pop up while watching other content and a fly-out scoreboard that can be pulled up with the press of a button. I can see this being a popular feature, though I wish that it was possible to use it for other sports as well. I can see how the live alerts might not work for every sport, but fly-out scoreboards probably would.

There are also a few new features that I have not had a chance to play with yet. One feature that I will leave to my son to try out is the Kinect voice control. He can't get enough of giving the Xbox orders. There is also a new option to run two streams at once in a split screen mode.

Jun 09 2011

News - Hulu and Miramax Reach Streaming Deal

While I personally am not a fan of internet streaming video, mostly because of low bit rate and lack of surround sound audio, I know many readers of Missing Remote are fans. The news of Miramax and Hulu striking a deal is great news for those fans. Adding additional content and having a wide array of access can only be a good thing.


Right on the heels of the announcement that Miramax and Netflix had agreed to a deal come the news that Hulu has also secured a content deal with Miramax. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new deal will bring hundreds of films to the streaming service, including films like Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction, and Gangs of New York. The catch is that on Hulu Plus members will have unrestricted access. Films will rotate through the free portion of the site.

No financial details were disclosed. The deal is a multi-year one that has already begun with Hulu advertising the deal on their website. Hulu will see a 15 movie rotation every month.

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