Senior Microsoft official uses Windows Media Centers, Lifeware automation and mostly off-the-shelf technologies for 11,000-square-foot home.
House Mode
Entertainment Center
The Arts Scene
Virtual Museum
One-Touch Scenes
Back-Up Light Switches
Whole House Music
Thermostat Control
Security
Baby Cam
Weather Report
Media Center Rack
Cloning Content
Home Theater Projector
Big Screen Experience
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Cloning Content

The one special tweak performed for the executive’s home involves a (legal) work-around for limitations associated with digital rights management (DRM). Only Media Center Extenders – not other PCs on the network – can access protected TV content. In other words, the content is locked in the PC that recorded it. Today, only five active Extenders can be linked to a single Media Center, meaning some of the home’s TVs would be denied access to certain Recorded TV shows. The homeowner created custom software that automatically replicates the recordings on the other Media Center machines. So, for example, if someone in the living room records an HBO special to Media Center 1, the command is “cloned” to Media Center 2, which would then record the same show. The show would be available on (virtually) any TV in the home.

Read more: Top Microsoft Exec Shows Off Media Center-Based Home