How Engadget reports, Microsoft's MSN recently launched "Remote Recorder" for Media Center PCs running XP Media Center Edition:
The service is free and allows you to schedule and manage all of your television recording remotely via an Internet browser. The service includes a comprehensive guide via MSN with powerful search features.
To use MSN Remote Recorder (which is available for North American MSN customers only right now) all you need is an Internet connected Media Center Edition PC and a Internet connection.
And now I wonder if Microsoft and MSN also took care of Windows Mobile customers because we virtually carry the Internet connection in our pockets already! :-D One reason for me to buy such a Media Center PC is that kind of service. Imagine, you are on the road and you recognize you will be too late to watch a movie, a football game or whatever and you simply program your MCE from your Pocket PC or Smartphone to record the show.
However, if I see this screenshots (courtesy of "Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection") I get the feeling that Windows Mobile users left outside again, 8O which makes no sense for me. One of the benefits of Microsoft products (doesn't matter if it is called Microsoft, Windows, MSN, Windows Mobile or whatever) should/could be the high integration of services (such as Outlook sync through ActiveSync) but how should I access this page with a Windows Mobile?
As long as we don't have XGA Pocket PCs and Smartphones, I'm sure it's not convenient at all. Unfortunately I can not test it, because I still don't have a Media Center Edition PC here nor I'm located in North America but I also get the feeling, I would get an error message anyway if I try to access the MSN Remote Recorder page (anyone of you can test it and tell us how/if it is working?). Thomas from "Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection" is talking about a compatible browser which is required so I don't know if the stripped-down Pocket Internet Explorer is recognized as compatible at all.
Anyway - if this service is/will be offered in future for Windows Mobiles users as well, it's another reason for me to upgrade my home entertainment equipment to Windows Media Center Edition.
Cheers ~ Arne