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mcet Mobile Home Entertainment...We’ve been hard at work on the next issue of Make (issue 02) which has a lot of home entertainment projects. This gave me a chance to revisit my Media Center PC a bit and try some new things with it. One cool thing that just hit- MSN TV Remote Record. This allows you to use any web browser to tell your Media Center PC what to record. Lots of other recorders have this feature, but this is new for the MCE. Click here to see a ton of screenshots and photos I took. With this feature, along with Orb Networks (one of the services I use for the MCE) I can set a recording and watch it later, all through my Mac, PC, phone or other device while away from home. It’s not perfect, but we’re getting closer!

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Installing the remote application.

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Requires a Passport account.

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Signing in to Passport with Cowboy dude.

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Program guide is pulled via zip code.

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TV provider.

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TV Guide. Seems to be part of MSN Music’s server.

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Setting a recording via the web.

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Sending recording information to my home Media Center PC.

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Confirmation.

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Recording listings.

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Media Center PC interface.

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The scheduled recording worked.

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Details of the scheduled recording.

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Logging in to Orb with my phone.

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Past recordings on my Media Center PC.

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Playing recorded TV over the web, to my phone.

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Full screen video.

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Viewing photos of my dog on my Media Center through my phone.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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