Great Media Centre Resources

Tomorrow, during the Melbourne leg of the ISV innovation days, I’m going to be talking about some of the sensational things developers can achieve using the plumbing Vista provides. One of the products I’m going to use to demo this is Niall Ginsbourg‘s Big Screen Weather, a great Media Centre Addin for Windows Vista.

After Niall and I chatted this morning, he sent me a note with some awesome resources for Media Centre development.

Media Center Sandbox – ‘unofficial’ Developer site run by Microsoft Media Center Platform team. This is the best place to ask MC developer questions :
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Blog :

My Blog ( “Big Screen Blog”) – with lots of info on Media Center, MCPL and WPF : 
Blog :
– See  ‘MCPL Snippits’ tagged articles for developer examples – .

Aaron Stebner’s Blog (MSFT corp US / Media Center Platform Team) :

Charlie Owen’s Blog (MSFT corp US / Media Center Platform Team) :

Ian Dixon (UK MVP – runs the “Media Center Show” Podcast on TPN) : Blog :

There’s also a hugely popular Media Center end-user/support forum site running in Australia at  – which has more than 30,000 members (a lot of visitors come from o/s as well) – and is a great place to get setup/configuration help for Media Center (and for getting Australian EPG’s working).  The worldwide ‘equivalent’ of this site is at  (which caters mainly for US/Canadian and European users).

Thanks Niall!

Comments (1)

  1. Thanks for the links Coatsie!