The best thing about owning a media centre is that you’re in control and can watch whatever you want at a time that suits you. Unfortunately, you also end up with the hassle of troubleshooting your system when plug-ins break, files won’t play, and nothing seems to work properly. Here’s how to take an home theatre PC (HTPC) that’s driving you crazy and whip it back into shape so you can enjoy the show.
There’s so many “new” media options out there — YouTube, blogs, podcasting, torrents — that it would be a brave soul who tried to calculate what the “new media” industry is worth. But the Boston Consulting Group has had a bash, calculating that Australians get $24 billion of “value” from new media, over and above what they actually pay for it.
Your phone is already the centre of your digital life, handling everything from calls to games to email to entertainment. Let’s take your phone and all of the media you have on it to the next level, by turning it into a jukebox full of music, movies, and photos that you can play on almost any TV, stereo system, computer or other device you may come across, whether you’re moving from the living room to your bedroom or your house to a friend’s place. The technology is already built into your phone and the gear you have at home; all you need to do is unlock it. Here’s how.