, LLC, released SageTV Media Extender, a $99.95 accessory for SageTV Media Center for
Windows that provides a whole-house PVR, music and photo media center system
with no subscription fees. Now any TV connected to the SageTV Media Center
through the home network with the SageTV Media Extender, or any networked PC
running the SageTV Client software, can access the SageTV user interface as
well as any media available through the software.
The combined SageTV Media Center and Media Extender system allows
customers to set up a whole-home media center for a few hundred dollars,
compared to thousands of dollars for other solutions. There is no need to
purchase additional digital video recorder boxes to add more recording
capability or purchase brand new PCs with Microsoft Media Center Edition to
get DVR and media management control.
Now in Version 4.1, SageTV Media Center enables Windows users to record a
single show or whole season of their favorite standard and/or high-definition
television programs on PCs equipped with the appropriate tuner cards. Users
can also pause, rewind and fast-forward live or recorded cable, satellite or
antenna TV shows, and record multiple shows simultaneously because of the
application's multiple tuner support. HD and standard definition programs can
be streamed to multiple PCs on the network using SageTV Client, and standard
definition content can be streamed to multiple TVs in the home with the SageTV
SageTV Media Center also comes with the SageTV Studio Software Development
Kit (SDK), allowing complete customization of the SageTV user interface and
seamless integration of new applications and online content such as RSS
newsreaders, interactive weather maps and IMDB browsers by users, developers
and OEMs. The SageTV Studio SDK personal license comes free with every
registered version of SageTV 4.1. More information on the SageTV Studio is
available at http://www.sagetv.com/studio.html
For end users, SageTV Media Center for Windows software eliminates the
need to buy a new Windows XP MCE PC or Windows XP MCE operating system to
record HDTV programs and obtain other PVR/media center capabilities. For
OEMs, the application makes it possible to build leading multi-stream standard
and high-definition PVR products that also provide access to all music, photo
and movies on the network from a single interface on Windows PCs or Linux PCs
and embedded set-tops.
Other notable features in the current version of SageTV Media Center
- Support for integrated Canadian and European electronic program
guides, improving usability for Canadian and European users. All
guides provide up to 14 days of television listings directly from the
SageTV interface, eliminating the need to switch to a separate online
application to plan one's TV viewing and recording.
- Expanded support for music file types and playlists, enabling users to
import playlists they have created in any PC music application
utilizing ASF, WMA or WMV file formats as well as the MP3 format
supported in earlier editions.
- Integrated weather reports, now available from the SageTV interface at
the user's option.
- New configuration wizard, enabling easier setup of all SageTV Media
Center features ranging from music and photo locations to video
playback checks and channel tuning including a HDTV signal strength
indicator. Clear and simple wizard prompts allow users to choose setup
options and media preferences in minutes.
- Support for additional tuner cards and other hardware, enabling the
application to support most major tuner cards in North America, Europe
The SageTV Media Center software, Studio SDK and SageTV Media Extender are
also available in a Linux OEM edition that enables OEMs to create powerful,
reliable, custom-branded consumer electronics appliances including media
centers, media extenders, NAS media servers with TV recording, and IPTV and
broadband video on demand products at breakthrough feature/price points on x86
as well as embedded hardware.