Interestingly Windows Media Player 11's visualizations in Vista don't seem to be Video Hardware accellerated. While I understand that Windows Media Player 11 needs to be backwards compatible, it does make the visualizations looks ugly compared with the rest of the OS. Hopefully they'll change that for Vista RTM, but for now that are just plain ugly (and CPU hogs).
I've owned ReplayTV's for years now. For those of you out there without a PVR, get one *now*! Magenic (the company I work for) recently gave it's employees a Tivo for a holiday gift. I got the one with the DVD recorder in it and including some media features. So far I am very impressed.
Ok, this is *way* off topic, but I enjoy watching CSI and shows of their ilk. But I have been getting further frustrated by the technology they purport to use. It all came to a head the other day when they took a convinience store video and used “video enhancement” to see the reflection in one of the customer's eyes. Instead of Spike, CSI belongs on SciFi.
After a relatively happy honeymoon, my marriage to the new Tivo is on the rocks. I've been spoiled. ReplayTV just does what I expect, with less of the intrusive advertising of Tivo. Here are my sticking points:
So this leaves me with two options, go back to my ReplayTV (luckily I still have it), or see what a Windows Media Center Edition box with the XBox MCE Extender will do for me. For now I am probably just going to get the ReplayTV going again, and look at the MCE for the future.
I finally have my Media Center PC set up and does it rock. It blows away Tivo and ReplayTV. It's much easier to use than either of those and has all the features i'd ever want. The TV Recording is great...the music menu is awesome...and the green button makes it all easy!
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