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Has anyone else heard that MS and many of the hardware partners will be releasing new Meida Center PC's on 8/30/03? Anyone have any informaiton as to what's changing with the OS and what the different vendors are going to be offering?


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Has anyone else heard that MS and many of the hardware partners will be releasing new Meida Center PC's on 8/30/03? Anyone have any informaiton as to what's changing with the OS and what the different vendors are going to be offering?


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Heres where to upgrade: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/m...de/default.asp


and here are the new features:


The 2004 version introduces a host of new features, including:


Visualizations (My Music). Full-screen visualizations animate to the beat of the music.


Radio (FM). FM radio with pause and rewind features ("time shifting"), station pre-sets, and a seek function.


16:9 display support. 16:9 display support maximizes viewable content: now you can see a greater number of photo and video thumbnails as well as an additional 30 minutes of Program Guide (Guide) content without having to scroll. Use the remote to toggle quickly between normal, zoom, and stretch video modes.


Phone Call Notification. When you receive a phone call, an on-screen alert notifies you and displays the phone number.


New languages. Localized versions are now available for Japan, Germany, UK, France, and China.


Teletext (European markets only). Media Center supports Teletext, an interactive television service providing news, weather, sports, television program listings, and other up-to-the-minute information services.


What are some improved features?


Better TV picture quality due to more advanced video hardware drivers.


Faster, more intuitive Guide navigation, with filtering by genre, channel lineup view, and jump-by-day features.


Better conflict resolution for recording TV shows, or Personal Video Recording (PVR), allows you to see other times a show is available for recording, set default prioritization, and record on-or-around times so that your record setting stays accurate.


PVR keyword record. An easy way to automatically schedule recordings based on any of four parameters: category, program/movie title, actor, or director.


Ability to copy your CDs to your Media Library using the remote control.


Enhanced photo features, all accessible by using the remote control:

directly access photos from SmartMedia, Flashcards, or CDs; rotate, zoom, and pan photos; print photos; and change photo composition using red-eye removal and contrast tools.
 

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Thanks - great info there. Price wars are likely to begin since more vendors are coming out with models.
 
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