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My Vista Media Center upgrade idea...

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    James Guest

    My Vista Media Center upgrade idea...

    I was looking at the news of a Media Center update for Vista, and I had also
    seen Apple TV's arrangement, and was interested (it has much better
    marketplace integration and digital media accessability ). I then took a
    look at Vista Media Center, and thought about how it could be brought up to
    speed for the modern reality of media - we are increasingly holding video,
    music, and pictures on ever increasing hard drives, and this media needs to
    be cataloged and organized. Looking at the default options in VMC, I would
    prefer to have the following:

    Main Menu:
    Pictures + Videos - stuff I took with my camera
    *More Pictures - browse shared images on the network if you have a home
    network
    *Picture Library - browse your image library
    *Video Library - browse your home videos
    *Search - find an image based on tags or on date taken

    Games - mini-games for use within Media Center, kind of like Mario
    Party-style or iPod game style games
    *More Games - buy or download for free new games from the game market
    *Game Library - pick a game from the ones you now own.
    *Play random - picks a game at random

    Now Playing + Playlists
    *Playlists - tv, movie, and music playlists here, sortable by type
    (tv/movie/music)
    *Now Playing - currently playing media and what's in queue
    *Create Playlist - create a playlist of media, tv, music, movies, or all mixed

    TV - watch, record, playback, purchase
    *Explore - free TV shows from content providers with advertisements. So if
    NBC allows you to watch a show online, you can click 'NBC', then the show
    name, and go watch it, streaming.
    *More TV - similar to iTunes, but allows you to browse through available
    shows, purchase them, see clips, etc. within VMC. You can subscribe to a
    show (purchase a season pass), and as new episodes come out, they download
    for you and show up as 'new' in your TV library
    *TV Library - just like music library, organized by show, season, then
    episode. When viewing a series, you can 'play all' to play the whole series
    from start to finish (no interruption to 'delete'). When viewing a season,
    you can 'play season' to play the whole season immediately. Underneath this
    'play all/season' you would see 'add to queue' to put the
    series/season/episode into the now playing playlist.
    This is viewed as banners, thumbnails, or DVD covers. When viewing a
    description of a show in your library, say 'Smallville,' if you highlight
    'Tom Welling' on the stars' listing, you get a new page listing other things
    he's starred in, like 'The Fog.' If it's in your library, then there's a
    link next to it saying 'Play' otherwise, 'Buy this Movie' (from the Zune
    Marketplace).
    *Internet TV - see the channels you subscribed to online, like RTL or Japan
    TV, and get new channels here too.
    *Search - search for a show based on actor, director, writer, genre, keyword
    from the description, year, etc. in your library. If the library sees
    episodes missing, they will appear in the library grayed out, but over the
    thumbnail, you see 'purchase this episode' or 'complete this season of
    x-show.'

    Movies - watch, rip, purchase movies
    *More Movies - find and purchase movies online through the Zune Marketplace,
    integrated as a Media Center experience. Search by actor, year, title,
    keyword, genre, director, series, etc.
    *Movie Library - browse your movie collection purchased/saved to your hard
    drive as DVD covers, view information, and 'add to queue' to play a series of
    movies back-to-back.
    *Search - find a movie based on rating, length, actor, director, series,
    year, genre, etc.

    Music - play albums, artists, years, etc. like in media player
    *Settings - here you can check your albums to make sure the album art is
    correct, etc.
    *More Music - music store to purchase music, with recommendations based on
    your current library.
    *Music Library - sort by album, artist, etc.
    *Play All - plays all music
    *Radio - if you have a radio tuner on the PC, you can hear those station here.
    *Internet Radio - if a station streams online, it will show here
    *Search - find music in your library. After searching, if there is a new
    album by, say, the Cardigans, a link under the library will show "Buy the new
    Cardigans album 'Erase and Rewind'" which takes you to the music store to try
    it out and purchase it.

    Podcasts - get your podcasts organized here
    *Settings - change when to delete podcasts, when to download, etc.
    *More Podcasts - get more podcasts from the online directory of
    *Podcast Library - view downloaded podcasts by name (thumbnail view)
    *Download Status - see what is downloading and what's in queue to download
    *Search - find a podcast
    (you can rename this ZENcast if you use a ZEN...)

    Sports - same as now. I don't really use it much.
    Online Media - find new plug-ins and mini-games, etc. Kind of like games
    for iPod, since a Media Center is supposed to be a social computer.
    *More Programs - search online database for new miniprograms for VMC. Most
    are free, 50 cents, or 99 cents
    *Program Library - mini-programs you downloaded
    *Explore - internet based content based on your preferences (tv, movies,
    music you own), by content providers
    *Learn How - how to do things within VMC

    Tasks - backend tasks to add content, change settings, etc.
    *Settings - change settings for menus, how content is arranged, etc. You
    can change TV Series backgrounds to cast photos, for example.
    *Shutdown
    *Burn CD/DVD - create your own music or video CD/DVD. Pick from content in
    your library,
    *Sync - add podcasts, shows, music to your portable media player
    *Add Extender - Media Center finds and configures your Media Extender on the
    network
    *Add Network Storage - VMC finds a network storage device and integrates it
    into your library. If your files there aren't tagged, you can choose to tag
    them as well.
    *Add Codec - here you can see the files that are missing the necessary codec
    to play correctly within VMC, and you can download a codec, have VMC install
    it, then ask, 'do you want to play these files?'
    *Media Only - locks computer into VMC for use while you've got company

    That's how I'd arrange and upgrade Vista Media Center. If something's
    unclear or you've got ideas, let me know.

    James

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  3. #2


    Nonny Guest

    Re: My Vista Media Center upgrade idea...

    On Sat, 26 Apr 2008 22:05:00 -0700, James
    <James@xxxxxx> wrote:

    [100+ lines of stuff snipped]

    >That's how I'd arrange and upgrade Vista Media Center. If something's
    >unclear or you've got ideas, let me know.
    You're pissing into the wind. This isn't an official MS site where
    suggestions are posted. It's a peer-to-peer area for folks to help
    each other.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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