I consider myself fairly proficient on Windows computers (tee hee). I tout myself as someone who knows everything there is to know about them! I knew about Windows Media Center. I’d opened it a few times (mostly by accident, as my old laptop had a button right near the power button that would turn the computer on and straight into Windows Media Center, which REALLY bugged me!). I never really USED it though. I have a plethora of entertainment options, and didn’t really think that I needed another (boy was I wrong!)
Travel back in time with me a few months. I was sitting at my laptop, like I typically do all day every day (I’ve mentioned I work FULL TIME from home right? I’m NEVER far from my laptop!) As I sat working a little pop up asked me if I wanted to install Internet TV for Windows Media Center. ***NOT A POPUP ON THE INTERNET!! It was a message from within Windows that I recognized… don’t just go installing things willy nilly when the computer tells you to!** I admit, I was intrigued by this little message on my screen. I quickly installed it, and decided to check out what this program was really all about.
Obviously, the first thing I tried out was the internet TV. I quickly found a show I wanted to watch (if you are interested the show was “I Get That Alot”). I watched the show, and was pleased by the limited amount of commercials (if I even remember any!) The show looked and sounded great and I was quite pleased with my new little discovery. I will mention that they only have a few networks “signed on” at the moment, so the selection isn’t super great.
This is when I turned to the movies area, and noticed a familiar icon… Netflix! I connected my unlimited streaming Netflix account to Windows Media Center, and I was browsing through my rental queue fast as can be! Again the quality is great, and the user interface flows easily between the different areas. It is very easy to find titles to add to my Neflix queue, and watch them right on my computer.
Lastly I checked out the music area. Now the time I was checking this out, I had not installed my Zune Software which I’ll talk about tomorrow. I really liked how easy it was to scroll through albums and find exactly the song you wanted to play. Now that I have the Zune software though, I’ll probably be using that more for music.
All in all, I was quite pleased with Windows Media Center. I don’t have a TV Tuner in my laptop, but using it kinda made me want to get one so I can use it more as a DVR and record shows, live. It’s a great little tool that I didn’t even know existed already in my Windows 7. Go check it out today!
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