Category Archives: Home Entertainment

Microsoft has a near miss with the Xbox One Media Remote

Regular readers will of course be familiar with my Xbox: Fail from January, and I thought a little update was in order. To get something out-of-the-way, the February and March updates did nothing noticeable to improve voice recognition.  I did … Continue reading

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The Smart TV Market

I (and many others) have opined on the need for Microsoft to have a device to compete in the lower-priced mass market segment for smart TV add-ons.  I want to refine my thinking and explain why Microsoft may not have … Continue reading

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Don Mattrick departs Microsoft

Microsoft has lost another senior executive, and a number of people have asked me if this is good or bad for Microsoft.  I’ll render judgment at the end of this piece. I never interacted with Don Mattrick though no doubt … Continue reading

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Apple TV and Xbox 720 to usher in new era of A/V-control interfaces

As a computer guy I’ve always hated the control interfaces that the Consumer Audio/Video (A/V) Equipment companies have put on their components.  They just can’t seem to get it right.  The Zenith-invented ultrasonic remote control interface dominated the field for over 20 years … Continue reading

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Where are the 7″ Microsoft tablets?

A few days ago I was contemplating a blog post with my speculation about a 7″ Microsoft tablet when rumors of an “Xbox Surface” re-surfaced.  I tend to believe this rumor because I’ve been expecting that a portable Xbox family … Continue reading

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Media Center, DVD Playback, and Microsoft’s Media Strategy

There is quite a bit of noise in the system after Microsoft’s announcement this week that Windows Media Center would be a separate add-on to Windows 8, and even more noise regarding the decision to remove DVD playback from Windows … Continue reading

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Is 2012 the year people break the Cable habit?

Will this be the year you break the cable habit and move entirely to getting your “TV” entertainment over the Internet?  The Wall Street Journal’s Kevin Sintumuang has.  For those who watch a very limited amount of  TV, have a … Continue reading

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Of course there will never be another standalone “Zune” PMP

Although there are many other topics I have plans to blog about, I can’t resist responding to the noise in the system about Microsoft.  And there has been a lot of recent noise about the future of Zune.  First rumors … Continue reading

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Is Microsoft going to miss the Internet TV/Streaming Video revolution?

My friends on Facebook know that one of my focuses since retiring from Microsoft has been reworking my home entertainment setup.  In researching all my options one thing stands out, Microsoft products are going to play a very small role … Continue reading

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