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New Online Spotlight for Vista Media Center

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A number of Media Center users have reported over the past few days that the new Online Spotlight menu items are now appearing in their Start Menu – and these options finally appeared for me sometime last night. (I now get an ‘Explore’ icon under Online Media strip – and the other strips  such as TV+Movies now have ‘More..’ items appearing).
When I click on one of these items – the ‘Explore’ section is displayed – which is very similar in look/feel to the Program Library section (except that the icons are a much larger size) – and is written with MCPL (so it feels like the rest of the Media Center UX instead of being a clunky HTML experience).
Unfortunately the actual content in here is quite disappointing at the moment. I’m pretty sure (well hopeful at least) – that these will replaced with proper MCML + WPF based addins by the time the Consumer Launch at the end of this month. Currently only 3 unique addins appear in here for me – NPR (News/Radio etc), MSN TV (VOD News etc) and TVTonic (appears to provide links to install the MCE2005 version – even though Vista version was announced at CES).  All of these current offerings a HTML based – so a pretty nasty ‘legacy’ experience is provided – and you lose the slick look/feel that Media Center offers.
I really hope that for Consumer Launch – all the HTML (and Flash) based addins are permanently ditched/banned in favour of ones using the new Vista MC technologies (and that these current offerings are just ‘placeholders’ for the new addins). Currently though – these addins really degrade the overall Vista Experience.
I won’t bother to post any screenshots (nothing to see here folks!). However – please go check out some of the CES coverage for some of the new ‘good’ stuff coming for Vista’s Online Spotlight.

Written by mobilewares

January 18, 2007 at 10:33 pm

Posted in Vista MediaCenter

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  1. Please check out the experience on a 32 bit machine, it’s a different world…
    You will now see at least 3 MCPL apps (Starz Vongo – nice movie buffet for $10 a month, TurboNick and Fox Sports).


    February 2, 2007 at 7:00 am

  2. no spam

    March 15, 2009 at 2:02 pm

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