av news
This Month's Featured Equipment Reviews
ZenWave Cables and SurgeX ZenWave Edition Review
REDGUM BLACK RGi35ENR Integrated Amplifier Review
Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL 2.0 Headphone Amp & Preamp Review
iFi Micro iUSB 3.0 & Gemini USB Cable Reviews
Marantz M-CR611 Network CD Receiver Review
Latest AV News
Home Theater/Media Center PC Forum Topics:
Classic Media Server Reviews
Windows 7 Media Center Gets Flash support for Internet TV Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
ImageHTPC owners have a reason to get excited about tomorrow's launch of Windows 7, Microsoft's new version of the Windows operating system.  While Windows 7 Media Center already had the Netflix Watch instant interface added to the package recently, the final version also ships with support for Adobe Flash to operate the vast amount of Internet television available to users. Unfortunately, the amount of Internet TV content isn't up to par with a service like Hulu yet.  Users will be able to peruse through PBS and CBS shows after installing Windows 7. Microsoft is working on partnerships with other networks, ideally similar to the marketplace on the Xbox 360.  Another detractor to the Internet TV inclusion is the lack of HD content support.  HTPC owners will still have to find alternate methods to locating their favorite shows in high definition.

Other changes in Windows 7 Media Center include an increased number of video files types supported, including AAC, AVCHD, 3GP and a wider range of Divx / Xvid codecs.  Windows Media Center now includes a desktop gadget for keeping up with your recently recorded shows and direct playback access.  The mini-guide is also notably improved the amount of information provided for a particular media file.
The cover art from albums will roll over the screen during music playback and looks similar to the Kaleidescape GUI design.  Also, the turbo scroll for music artists / albums significantly speeds up searching for specific tracks.   Windows 7 will be available tomorrow for those interested in upgrading their HTPCs.  According to Amazon, the Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade is priced at $119.99.

Like this article? Bookmark and share with any of the sites below.
Digg!Reddit!Del.icio.us!Google!StumbleUpon!Yahoo!Free social bookmarking plugins and extensions for Joomla! websites!

  home theater news  |  equipment reviews 
  blu-ray reviews  |  dvd  |  theatrical reviews  
  music download reviews  |  music disc reviews
  contact  |  about-us  |  careers   |  brands 
  RSS   |  AVRev Forums
  front page  |  virtual tours  |  dealer locator
  how to features  |   lifestyle & design articles
  Want Your Home Theater Featured on MHT?
   CE Partners: HDD  |  HDF  |  VGT  |  SD  |  DVD
  Advertise with Us | Specs | Disclaimer | Sponsors
  privacy policy | cookie policy | terms of use
  909 N. Sepulveda Blvd. El Segundo, CA 90245
  Ads: 310.280.4476 | Contact Us
  Content: 310.280.4575 | Mike Flacy