OK, so I stumbled across this thing called “Windows Media Center”. I thought, this looks neat! So I can play music and videos on my 360 from my PC. Sweet!
So I hooked up it and it does actually seem to work. Hooray!
Then it told me that my network throughput was abysmal and therefore I wouldn’t have the best experience. Um, everything else uses this network with no complaints so I’m going to go ahead and ignore you. No offense.
Anyway, I then saw this thing called “Internet TV” that offers up old series via Windows Media Center. Visions of canceling my DirecTV danced through my head as I thought of Hulu and other services like that.
One thing … I don’t have the option for Internet TV when I go into the extender on my 360. Why not? What’s the point of having stuff that’s only available on the PC?
Yes, back around… 2005?.. I was convinced that Media Center and PlaysForSure and all of Microsoft’s partners with those things were going to lead it to become a juggernaut of home media stuff. And then CableCard destroyed the HTPC market (which is starting to rebound now that traditional cable is less relevant), and Microsoft did that whole Zune thing, and at this point, it looks like a bunch of proprietary apps (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon VOD) running on miscellaneous platforms (PS3, Xbox, TVs, Tivo, receivers, Blu-ray players) are the big winners.
Agreed, there are lots of tech that’s crippled just because of stupid licensing issues. There was something that I used to be able to play on the PS3 browser (Hulu and network website maybe?) that was blocked for some silly reason. Now I just connect my laptop to get around it. Really though why is that blocked, so I don’t watch this content on a TV instead of a computer monitor… they’re pretty much the same damn thing now!
My main source of rage is that I told my wife about Internet TV before I actually tried to view it on the 360 (I logically assumed it would work). I told her the first season of The Love Boat was on there. She insisted that we watch the first episode. We sat down and met with failure. So god damned lame…
Windows Media Center’s program guide hasn’t been working for me for the past month or two. (Windows 7) Is it still working for everyone else? Or is the Microsoft’s subtle way of encouraging me to upgrade to Windows 10?