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Around nine months ago Ceton unexpectedly announced plans to support the Android operating system and apps on its $ 179 Echo Windows Media Center extender, but now that’s not happening. According to the company, Android is “up and running” on Echo hardware in its labs — we saw screenshots back in February — but early beta tests with home users showed a problem with an internal component. That flaw apparently causes a failure to update in some cases, and since efforts to find a workaround have been so far unsuccessful Ceton is shelving the project (presumably alongside its Q DVR). There’s no question this is disappointing for Echo users that expected the feature, but the possibility of a bricked box seem worth avoiding. We haven’t talked about the Echo much since it came out of beta with a fix for 1080i output issues — if you’re an owner then let us know if you were (still) waiting for Android, or if you’ve moved onto another solution like Roku, Ouya or Chromecast.%Gallery-slideshow47995%
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Ceton vowed that it would release a PCI Express equivalent of its InfiniTV 6 ETH box, and it’s delivering on that promise (if belatedly) by shipping the InfiniTV 6 PCIe. The adapter still lets Windows Media Center users watch or record up to six HD cable TV channels through one CableCARD, but in a form factor that slots neatly into a dedicated home theater PC. The board is in stock at Amazon and Newegg today at its expected $ 299 price. While that cost puts the InfiniTV PCIe at the high end of the TV tuner spectrum, it may be worthwhile for viewers who just can’t afford to miss a show.
Windows Media Center’s best companion app for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Nook and Kindle has actually never ever needed a Ceton branded tuner or extender, however now there’s a new name to avoid any confusion. My Media Center is hitting your favorite app store by means of a cost-free update today, which additionally consists of a few bug fixes and wake on lan. More remarkably, Ceton has launched a variation of My Media Center for Windows 8, which takes benefit of the brand-new Windows individual interface aspects and is readily available in the Windows Store, as of now. There’s likewise an update for the services that should be put in on your Windows Media Center PC, so make sure to download it while you’re at it. Struck the source link for more screen shots and added details, or see the video after the break for a fast demo.
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It’s been over 3 years since Microsoft released a brand-new variation of Windows Media Center, and while some have declared the platform dead, the ecological community lives on in business like Ceton. Besides continuing to support Media Center, releasing brand-new tuners and developing software, the company is now the very first to present an extender in 4 years. The primary function of the $ 179 Ceton Echo extender is the exact same as those that came before it: to bring the full-featured Windows Media Center experience to even more TVs in your home while streamlining all your media on a single PC. Until now our beloved extender has been the Xbox 360, however it retails for $ 20 even more and the power supply alone is larger than the whole Echo, so maybe there’s room for advancement here? We’ll take on all of that after the break.
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The latest option for Windows Media Center individuals is nearly right here, as Ceton’s Echo extender has been noted for pre-order at Newegg. Offered for $ 179 with a $ 10 gift card and free of cost shipping, the diminutive accessory allows WMC streams of your live and taped TELEVISION in up to 5 other spaces. That’s been feasible with other extenders– especially Microsoft’s very own Xbox 360 console– but the Echo claims its benefit is being purpose constructed to do the job with less noise and power consumption, plus support for attributes like DTS surround sound. We’ll be evaluating it when the software is last, very early adopters that are ready to jump however missed the beta offer could snag one at the link below– the first deliveries are scheduled to go out November 30th.
Continue reading Ceton Echo Windows Media Center Extender pre-orders are live, ship November 30th for $ 179Filed under: Home Enjoyment, HDCeton Echo Windows Media Center Extender pre-orders are live, ship November 30th for $ 179 initially appeared on Engadget on Fri , 02 Nov
Ceton has, as guaranteed, provided more information on upcoming hardware, nonetheless there’s not a great deal of really good news to go around. The bad news is that the Windows Embedded-based Q DVR we were expecting will certainly not launch this year. There’s an opportunity it could introduce in 2013, nonetheless questions about whether Microsoft will certainly continue to support Windows Media Center in future variations of its Embedded platform are keeping any type of possible launch plans in doubt. On a slightly brighter note, while the Echo Media Center extender is postponed slightly and the beta systems have actually not yet gone out, Ceton still anticipates a release in time for the holiday period. Finally, there’s a good update on the suite of Media Center friend applications, which are now readily available on the B&N Nook and Kindle Fire HD in addition to enhanced for the iPhone 5. Relive our CES 2011 hands-on in video kind after the break, we’ll get begun arranging a march on Redmond to make this take place.
Now that Ceton has pushed its Friend mobile apps for Windows Media Center out the door, our attention returns to the hardware we got an appearance at during CES. A post from the company indicates the Echo extender has actually passed FCC and CE accreditations, with alpha tests under method. If you’re not in position to borrow a unit from the house of a worker, your next option to get one will come when the beta begins. The 1,000 applicants accepted must obtain ordering information around the end of this month before hardware ships on October, which, if there are no delays, might suggest general availability as quickly as November. Still awaiting word on that slick 6 tuner Q DVR? So are we, but an update, along with final specifications for the Echo variation 1, are promised at the end of the month.
Filed under: House Entertainment, HDCeton Echo WMC extender beta units set to deliver in October, on target for November release originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for usage of feeds. Permalink|Ceton|Email this|Comments
A quick stop by the Intel pavilion here at NAB 2012 revealed our friends from Ceton hiding within, and even though we just saw the Q DVR and Echo companion extender on our last trip to Vegas a few months ago, there’s a few new items to show already. As shown above, the mobile companion app that we had only seen so far on Windows Phone 7 is also up and running on Android and iOS. While the apps are still very early in their development they’re already running smoothly with metadata provided by Rovi and the usual set of features for DVR scheduling and management. Each one is designed specifically for the platform it’s running on, rather than pulling the same UI from one device to all. This seems like a good approach to us, but Ceton’s looking for feedback from potential users about what they might prefer. Speaking of potential users — all those interested in this hardware should keep an eye out as we’re told that the plan is to have a beta for the DTS-compatible Echo extender “soon”, likely within a few weeks.