Eric Anderson's Blog

A dollop of all things Media (Center | Extender | Player)

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About Eric Anderson's Blog

I'm a Program Manager in the Media Center Devices group, although I've been working for the last several years in Windows on the video renderers and playback infrastructure. My aim with this blog is to post some interesting topics on the direction media is taking, and get some insight and feedback from the community.

In a sentence: If it does media, I want to talk about it!

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    And the winner is...

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    HD DVD. Now that Blue-ray is officially the last one standing in the blue-laser contest, the prices of HD DVD players have been plummeting. Being in the market for a DVD player, I decided last Friday to buy an HD DVD player to use as a DVD player since...
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    Media Center Extenders need to be setup on the same subnet as the Media Center PC

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    I had posted a while back that I had trouble getting my Media Center Extender setup on a different subnet than the PC. I promised details, and I even got a few mails from people asking for details. Apologies for the delay - here, without further ado,...
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    WMP FireFox Plug-in at 6.1M Downloads

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    I just checked over with the Port 25 guys, and we are at 6.1 million downloads for the FireFox plug-in as of yesterday - nice! Congrats again to the team for pulling this together!
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    I meant… “Extenders for Windows Media Center” Me

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    I joined the Media Center Extender team right at the tail end of development, and I’ve been nothing but impressed with the new Extenders. We are starting to see some press roll out as well: http://www.engadget.com/2007/09/06/microsoft-debuts-extenders...
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    Vista performance & tying up WMP loose ends

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    I just read on Steve Rowe's blog about a performance update coming for file copy in Vista. This is great news - copying files has been pretty frustrating for me on Vista, and hopefully this makes it better. Also, wrapping up some loose ends, the WMP...
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    Geeking out with file sharing on Extender

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    Normally I just have my main Media Center PC in the office that I use to keep all of my media content and I use my Extender to view it all in the living room on the TV. Since I’ve been testing the new Extenders at home though, and I don’t want to put...
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    Pika Me

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    It’s no secret that there’s a new version of Media Center Extender that will be shipping soon (codenamed Pika). I just started using a prototype device at home, and I have to say that I’m pretty impressed so far. I’m an avid 360/MCX user, and while I...
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    WMP is going on Safari...

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    It looks like Apple has listed our WMP Firefox plug-in on their Safari page… I sure hope they tested that scenario before they listed it… http://www.apple.com/safari/download/plugins.html If anyone’s tried this and gotten it to work (or not), I’d be...
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    Firefox documentation is coming!

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    It's been taking a little longer than expected, but the updated documentation for the Firefox plug-in is on its way... it will be posted to msdn once it's finished. I have an unofficial FAQ I can send out to anyone who wants more info on the supported...
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    Windows Media Player on Firefox

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    Alright, you can all breathe a collective sigh of relief as I am actually posting a blog entry. The delayed posting I think is worth it: today we are releasing a new Firefox plug-in for WMP! We’ve been tracking the issues in the forums about WMP showing...
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    Apparently I’m a horrible blogger

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    …since I’ve let three months go by without a single post. Don’t worry, I have plenty of excuses. The biggest one is that my wife gave birth to our second (and last) baby, so I’ve been a little busy doing that and taking some time with the family. So there...
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    Video card anyone?

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    The million dollar question these days seems to be what video card people should buy to watch high-definition video on Windows Vista. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve answered this question… well you get the point. So I’m just going to post this...
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    Building a playback app (DShow vs. MF vs. OCX)

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    If you want to add audio/video playback capabilities to your Windows application, you have several options to choose from. For tighter control, you can take advantage of the API exposed in lower-level infrastructure components, like DirectShow, the Format...
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    Who’s got the better WMP – Vista or XP?

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    By now, you’ve probably downloaded Beta 2 of WMP 11 on your Windows XP system. Is it better? There are quite a few blogs already debating that topic, but if you ask my opinion – it is. This is the first version of WMP that I can actually use to manage...
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