New Extenders for Windows Media Center

Three new extenders:-

Samsung Home DMA

The Samsung Home DMA features playback of files including Windows Media Video, Windows Media Audio, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, MP3, AC3 and JPEG.

Once mounted to the rear of select Samsung flat-panel HDTVs, users will be able to view content through the DMA using either the TV remote or an included remote control. The Extender can connect to a PC using an Ethernet cable or 802.11a, b, g or n wireless module sold separately.

The home digital media adaptor will be available sometime in 2008. No pricing was announced.

Linksys DMA 2200 / DMA 2100

Linksys DMA 2200

Linksys DMA 2200

Linksys announced the worldwide release of two new stand-alone Extenders. Available today, the Media Center Extender with DVD Player DMA2200 combines an upscaling DVD player with a dual-band Wireless-N Extender for Windows Media Center and will retail for $349.99.

For consumers seeking a smaller form factor, Linksys will offer the Media Center Extender DMA2100, which delivers all the features of Extender for Windows Media Center in a device ideal for areas such as bedrooms and smaller entertainment cabinets. The Media Center Extender DMA2100 will sell for $299.99.

D-Link DSM-750

D-Link DSM-750

D-Link DSM-750

D-Link announced the January 2008 availability of its DSM-750 MediaLounge HD Media Center Extender at an estimated retail price of $329.99 (U.S.). Housed in a sleek, 17-inch, black aluminum chassis, this device connects to a home network using Ethernet or dual-band 802.11n networking.

The DSM-750 lets users watch high-definition videos with resolutions of up to 1080i and includes a USB 2.0 port for access to music, photos and videos stored on removable USB flash drives or hard drives.
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New Module Enables Intuitive Crestron® Control for Microsoft Media Center

Autonomic Controls, Inc., makers of automation control modules for Microsoft Media Center and Windows Media Player, today announced its membership in the Crestron Integrated Partner Program and the availability of a new Crestron user interface module. The module enables Crestron dealers to seamlessly integrate reliable and robust control protocol for Microsoft Media Center servers and products.

Using the new module, dealers can take advantage of the powerful Autonomic Controls two-way control module to provide end-users with the complete range of control functions for Microsoft Media Center and Microsoft Vista or XP Media Center Extenders via any Crestron control solution.

More here:-

New Module Enables Intuitive Crestron® Control for Microsoft Media

VAVE50 Windows Vista Universal Remote Control

Features at a Glance

• Supports 38 Devices Types

• Alarm Timer

• Audio On/Off

• Brand Setup

• Code Search

• Customizable LCD Screen

• Customizable Device and IR Keys

• Favorite Channels

• Learning

• Customizable Activities

• PC Upgradeable

• Punch-Through

• Reverse Display

• Set-Top Box and DVR Friendly

• Timed Macros

• Setting Lock

• Custom Key Labels

• Custom Logo

Hardware Specifications

Power Supply

4 AAA batteries (not included)

MEMORY

Main Processor

Atmel ARM, 128K

Consumer IR MCU

Samsung 8-Bit, 32K ROM

Serial Flash

SST, 1MB

Type

FSTN, monochrome, transflective

Resolution

102W x 120H pixels

DISPLAY

Infrared Transmit Range

50 feet (15.2)

Mini USB 1.1

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Outel USB media remote

Well, its sort of USB, sort of PCMCIA. You see, its wireless, and the receiver connects via USB.

Specifications:-

  •  Arrow, Enter, Back and Page keys to navigate Media Center and give PowerPoint presentations.
  • Volume Controls to crank the volume up and down in any Windows Program. E.g. PowerPoint, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, Power DVD, Winamp…
  • Media Controls to Play, Pause, Fast Forward and Rewind videos, DVD, live and recorded TV, even music.
  • Eliminate lost remotes by storing it inside your laptop (PCMCIA Slot), that way it is always available when you need it.
  • The remote protrudes slightly from the slot, making it easy to pull out and use.
  • Support user custom key setting
  • Support Windows Vista, XP, 2000, ME
  • Powered by Lithium battery (CR2025)
  • Dimensions: 85.8 x 54.2 x 5.0mm

Cool Gadgets – The USB Media Remote