Had a great time last night at the Orb/Media Center Show party at the Hilton. Thanks to Ian Dixon and Orb for organizing a great get together. One thing about Media Center fanatics is that they are fanatics and having a bunch of them together in one place is always a lot of fun. Ian interviewed a bunch of people at the party with his gear and I’m sure you’ll be hearing them on future shows.
2006 will be the year for Media Center. All of the stars are alligning and between HDTV, extender technology, Vista, etc. The product will, by late 2006, be ready for significant adoption by the early adopter crowd into the Christmas Season. Then in 2007 it will be ready and be pushed out to the masses in much larger numbers than we’ve seen to date, as impressive as the to date numbers have been.
It’s great seeing the people working on things like Orb and other great technologies that will hopefully benefit as this Media Center expansion takes place. Orb is a great technology that enables you to have all your Media Center content any place at any time.
A bunch of people from the Media Center team were there including Matt Goyer and fellow Media Center blogger Aaron Stebner, who it was nice to finally meet. I also very much enjoyed finally meeting Ed Bott face to face. Ed is a terrific author, has a great Media Center blog and is looking at doing some very interesting things in publishing. I met many other great Media Center people there as well but I’m not so good with names so missed most. A great time though and thanks to Ian and Orb for putting it on.