Showtime Vista MediaCenter addin launched (US Only)
A new Online Spotlight addin for Vista MediaCenter was released last night to Vista Media Center usersfrom ‘Showtime’ (a major cabletv/etc/etc company in US) – however like Vongo this one also appears to be for US residents only (ouch – still nothing decent for Australia as yet). This app I (assume) provides VOD services for Media Center (like Vongo).
Rather than being deployed as a MCPL Web Application – this one actually requires the user to download an setup program (19mb) – which installs all the required bits onto your machine. (inc Showtime Player , local MCML addin and also what appears to be some WCF based background downloader components).
Although I was able to circumvent the ‘citizenship test’ on the website (so I could get hold of the installer) – I wasn’t able to succesfully complete the installation (and it reported some ‘Unknown Network Errors’ after it installed the player) – so I’m yet to see what this product actually looks like. I assume these ‘Network Errors’ are actually the result of some stronger citizenship tests (than their website) – and are a user friendly way of saying "You’re not from these parts, F#$^ off!"
So – would be great if one of the US based MediaCenter bloggers (Chris? Missing Remote? Charlie? Aaron?) could do a blog on this with some screenshots/videos?