Scott Hanselman

Windows Vista Media Center Online Spotlight Launches

January 17, 2007 Comment on this post [4] Posted in Musings
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Finally! The section of Media Center formerly known as the "Online Spotlight" has launched/been-made-available on Windows Vista Media Center. I've just setup my Xbox360 to talk to the Vista Media Center, rather than Media Center 2005, and it's lovely. Truly. There's piles of content, and hopefully there will be piles more to come.

I also installed Anthony Park's MCEBrowser under Vista and it works great. I also noticed last week that my Windows Media Center Remote Keyboard controls 90% of the Xbox360 without telling it to, so that's shiny. I'll take a look and see if it makes the browsing experience bearable on a 37" LCD in my living room. I'm sure the wife would love to do her Gmail from the couch.

Hm...seems like a lot of technology hoops just to get the equivalent of a WebTV. Why can't I just browse the web on my Xbox360?

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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January 17, 2007 15:06
Strange... I don't have hardly any options available. I wonder if this could be because I am running x64 version. I just have npr and 1 other choice, not quite near the options you have showing up.

As far as email from the couch, I have found that my wife still prefers to use the laptop that sits right underneath the TV.
January 17, 2007 20:41
You want shiny TV-based web browsing? The Wii's browser is freakin' sweet. They're calling it "Trial Edition," which really means "beta." That said, it renders surprising well to 4:3 480i. Comes with Flash built-in, too. YouTube and Google Video work great.

I like my Wii. I like my 2 Xbox 360s better, but I do like my Wii.
January 18, 2007 1:46
Yeah, that section is pretty cool. The one thing I'm struggling with right now is getting the XBox (old version) to work with Vista Media Center. Do you guys know if it's even possible?
March 18, 2007 22:33
OK, I had the new content in vista media center but had to do a system restore, now I can't get it back!!! Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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