Converging computer and home entertainment devices in the consumer media network environment.

Gilbertson, Paul and Edwards, Reuben and Coulton, Paul (2006) Converging computer and home entertainment devices in the consumer media network environment. In: Consumer Communications and Networking Conference, 2006. CCNC 2006. 3rd IEEE. IEEE, Las Vegas, USA, pp. 1003-1007. ISBN 1-4244-0085-6

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Devices that enable video and audio media stored on a home computer to be viewed on a television located elsewhere in the house have achieved only marginal penetration into the home market. Interoperability between devices and software systems is seen as a barrier to broader adoption. Three main areas of concern: media library index sharing; network protocols; and media encoding were identified whilst developing server software to allow a third party device to access Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition functionality. This paper introduces a generic software infrastructure to facilitate multiple different devices to access media server functionality. The infrastructure comprises of a driver based interface to multimedia devices, a DirectShow based transcoder, and an interface to media library index. This infrastructure tackled successfully the identified issues.

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