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The Voice of Windows Media Center Users is Growing Louder [Updated 1/21]

The Voice of Windows Media Center Users is Growing Louder [Updated 1/21]

There’s obviously a lot of concern that Microsoft won’t be keeping Windows Media Center around for too much longer. You wouldn’t know that by looking at the User Voice site for Microsoft’s Xbox Video platform!

Two ideas have quickly risen to the top of the suggestion list. The first is titled “Media Center Extender Support.” The request is simple. They want to see Windows Media Center Extender software available on the Xbox One, and perhaps all of the Windows platforms through the Xbox Video app. The second idea bears the title “Add a cable+DVR accessory with Ceton InfiniTV.” This idea was suggested today, and already has risen to number two on the list with 901 votes as of this writing!

The first idea is simple, and the second is more thorough, and possibly interesting. Both of them sound awesome! Obviously there are no guarantees that Microsoft will work to implement either of these ideas, but over the last year we’ve seen Microsoft take many big actions to listen to their customers. Here’s hoping they are listening to the Xbox Video users too!

If you just can’t wait for Microsoft to implement these ideas, perhaps you can build your own Windows Media Center environment. Pick up a Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH, and maybe a Ceton Echo or Xbox 360 to use as an Extender. Pair these with a Windows PC that you already own and you’ll have a great home theater PC setup of your own!

Update (1/21/2014): For some unknown reason, the original entry for a DVR Accessory using the Ceton InfiniTV was removed. It had made it to number two in the list. A new entry has been created. Go and vote on the new entry to really show Microsoft how much we want it!

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Josh Pollard

Josh has been writing software since his parents brought home their first computer. His love for gadgets and technology eventually spurred a passion for home theater technology. After starting the DMZ, he received Microsoft’s MVP award for Windows Media Center. Even though the beloved home theater PC platform is all but dead he continues to tinker with consumer entertainment technology. He’s a life-long gamer and DIY smart home enthusiast. He co-hosts the Entertainment 2.0 podcast with Richard Gunther and the DMZ’s gaming podcast, Story Players, with Joe DeStazio.