Enjoy TV and Movies More
Date : 1/23/2009
No entertainment experience would be complete without television and movies. Windows® Media Center gives you a seamless experience when watching your favorite television show or movie. Windows Media Center is available in the Windows® 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate versions.
If your PC has Windows Media Center and a TV tuner, you can use Windows Media Center to record, watch and pause live television. Windows Media Center supports multiple TV tuners, so you can record and watch TV on different channels simultaneously. Multiple tuners give you a varied and flexible home entertainment ecosystem.
A feature of Windows Media Center maintains your TV and movie viewing experience while you navigate your start menu. The start menu is transparently overlaid on top of your currently playing show, so that you don’t miss a moment of the action.
Windows Media Center makes it easy to catch your favorite movies and keep up with your favorite shows. Use the Electronic Programming Guide to find out when your program is on and schedule it for recording. You can choose to record one show or the whole season, so you never miss a single episode.
The Movie Guide helps you identify movies that are currently playing or scheduled to play on television. If you are constantly channel surfing, the mini guide in Windows Media Center is another feature that allows you to scroll through channels without interrupting your show. The channels are displayed at the bottom of your screen, so you can surf without missing any key moments.
When browsing your recorded TV content, thumbnails of your program’s logo or key character help you quickly zero-in on what you want to watch. And if you want to free-up more recording space, you can archive recorded programs to DVD.
(Note: TV playback and recording features require a compatible PC TV Tuner.)
High Definition Digital Cable Support (U.S. Only)
Windows Media Center enables you to watch and record your favorite premium HD content from participating cable providers directly on a PC that is HD Digital Cable ready. By combining an HD Digital Cable ready PC with a Cable card (obtained from your cable service provider), you can watch and record premium and high-definition cable content, without the need for a set-top box. And when you do, your HD Cable ready PC becomes a “whole-home DVR.” With an Extender for Windows Media Center, you can easily share live and recorded TV content with other rooms of the house, or even watch it on your PC monitor. HD Digital Cable PCs are specially certified, so look for one with the “Digital Cable Ready” logo.
Extenders for Windows Media Center Offer Entertainment throughout the Home
Even if your PC is in the study, you can still enjoy the digital entertainment stored on that PC remotely in your living room or family room using an Extender for Windows Media Center. In fact, you can enjoy photos, music, live and recorded TV, and your home videos on multiple devices throughout your home. For example, the Xbox 360™ has an Extender for Windows Media Center built right in.
On-demand Services and Applications
In addition to live and recorded TV, music and videos, PCs with Windows Media Center also offer on-demand content and online services such as Online Spotlight. You can get music and radio, television and movies, plus personalized sports, news and entertainment all on your schedule. In addition to online and downloadable content, you can also use Windows Media Center to access games that come loaded on Windows 7. Coupled with a Windows Media Center Extender, you simply connect to your remote Windows based PC, and from the comfort of your home theater, you can play a game of Chess or Mahjong against another person or against the computer right on your widescreen HDTV.
Windows Media Center includes parental controls that allow you to block television content that you don’t want. You can select content to block by its rating or by its content type, including suggestive dialogue, offensive language, sexual content or violence. You can also place parental controls on movies and DVDs. You may choose to block unrated movies or set a maximum allowed rating, such as PG-13. Combined with the separate parental controls found in Windows 7, you have an additional layer of security. The parental controls in Windows Media Center are PIN restricted. Even if logged onto the computer in administrator mode, the parental control settings cannot be changed without the PIN.