This 101 Media Center Tips list is being combined for all beginners wishing to get started with a Home Theater PC. The list has been compiled based on the articles that can be found from the My Media Experience site. Enjoy these tips and remember to share them with your friends who wish to bring the internet to their TV, too.
As these online video services show as an example, the TV is going to the internet in the coming years. Hulu.com is an excellent online video service and has enabled watching popular TV shows and movies legally via internet. Regular cable TV watching allows you to randomly browse on going TV shows and watch something you would have known that exists. However, Hulu allows you to watch TV shows you already like, but have missed e.g. the last episode.
Similar to the Hulu Desktop, Boxee does not produce video content itself, but provides an interface for watching online videos. As these four services show as an example, the TV is going to the internet in the coming years.
If you like to browse internet comfortable from your sofa, you have probably realized that without changing font size or zooming, the text is simply too small to read from a distance.
Fortunately, there is a nice small plugin for Firefox browser called NoSquint plugin. This plugin allows you to default the full page zoom level to a certain percentage, so that you do not need every time change the zoom level.
The challenge has been (and still is) the lack of real 10-foot interface for the internet content. To make web browsing viable in the living room, the web content needs to be transformed to be suitable to the 10-foot user interface. A new emerging trend are the TV sets that have built in networking connections and user interface. Possible Google TV -project and Yahoo TV Widgets technology are examples of the future of the internet experience.
For many years, record companies battled agains pirates as they call those who illegally shared music from their record labels. Record companies denied that a new business model was emerging and only after Apple opened their iTunes music store, a new chapter was written.
Let’s move away from reality for a moment to envision how a Media Center Hard Disk could look like in 5 years time. If we could find most of our media files easily available from the media cloud, we could operate the media center through an internet browser. Then, why not to build a small computer inside a regular TV (ála iMac) with a built-in internet browser.
This article will feature Plex Media Center which looks extreme potential to become my HTPC front end. Here are the highlights why this media center software made particularly good first impression.
When looking popular keywords people are searching relating High Definition AVCHD video, common questions relate to how to get smooth video playback on their Home Theater PC (HTPC) for high definition video files such as AVCHD compressed M2TS files used by many HD camcorders. Playing HD video requires a lot of performance from your PC and not all own powerful 3GHz + multi-core processor equipped computer. Fortunately there is an alternative and affordable way to turn your older PC into a HD video player.