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Another Item for the Project

As I have been reporting, the project to turn my Xbox into a Media Center has been a complete success.  I am starting to take steps to make it more accessible.

The Xbox does play DVD’s, but you need to have the kit:


The gizmo on the right, plugs into one of the controller ports and allow you to remotely control the DVD play back.

I am not going to be using the remote, instead I will be using a programmable remote, but you need that one gizmo.

Stay tuned as I report on this further.

Editors Note: This worked like a champ via the media center software.

In A Nut Shell

The project that I have been talking about has been pretty successful.   Basically:

It allows you to:

Take a movie –


and stream (either the entire DVD or just the ripped movie) over your home network.

You utilize an original xbox along with some software , you can either ftp the files to the Xbox or stream from a source through the Xbox to your TV.

People have been doing it for years, but I ran into a situation where my 3 DVD carousals were starting to get tight on space.

I will post more details as to what I did and how soon.

Brubaker’s ‘Angel of Death’ Online

Sony Picture’s Entertainment has announced a live action series, Angel of Death, written by top drawer comic scribe Ed Brubaker (Criminal, The Death of Captain America). The series will consist of ten 8- to 10-minute episodes and will debut one per week over a ten-week period on Sony’s online network Crackle.com in 2009. After the series appears on Crackle additional footage will be added to smooth out the continuity into a feature film-like form and then Angel of Death will be released on DVD.

Stuntwoman-turned-actress Zoe Bell (Death Proof, Double Dare) has been cast in the lead role in the series, an assassin working for a ruthless crime family. When she suffers a severe head wound she is haunted by her victims and sets about methodically dispatching the people who ordered the hits.

Production of original programming (both live action and animated) for the Internet is a fast-growing sector as studios and independent producers look for ways to monetize the Net’s huge audience. Budgeted at just over a million dollars, Angel of Death is pricy by the standards of Internet productions, but cheaper than many direct-to-DVD productions. In the business model for Angel of Death, which is the first of four to six such productions slated for 2009, Sony hopes to recoup some of the costs via online ad revenue at Cackle, but plans on recovering the bulk of its expenses (and generating profits) from its exploitation of the material on DVD (and paid downloads of the complete series).

I got it!

And.. before you all start saying stuff like, “Get away.. I don’t want it!” or “How much did it cost?”

I finally figured out what Television needs, well not Television perse`, but rather a channel that should be available.

There are channels for news, sports, shopping, women, oxygen (what the heck?), travel, weather, cartoons (cool btw), movies, diy (do it yourself), gaming, celeb whos who, history, etc.. right?

While getting ready to watch the Casino Royal on DVD, I sat through some previews (normally I don’t do this), but I thought.

“Hey, it sure would be nice if there was a way of watching nothing by non-stop movie previews. Movie previews that were main steam, latest and greatest movie previews. And.. that is it! No talking, no people interviewing people.

Basically, it should by like what MTV was back in the day!

Gears of War: More Limited Collector’s Edition Pictures

Next month, Gears of War will hit store shelves with a standard edition available for $59.99 and a limited collector’s edition available for $69.99. This limited edition will offer an even deeper look into the graphically stunning and frightening world of “Gears of War,” providing an official “Destroyed Beauty” art book and a bonus DVD featuring an inside look at the making of the game — all enclosed in a highly collectible metal box.