'Movies' Option enabled under MyTV for UK installations?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by James Usmar, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. James Usmar

    James Usmar Guest

    Would it be possible to Microsoft to release a UK update to enable the Movies
    option under MyTV for UK Installs?

    This is a really useful (and generally working excet for a few film
    graphics) bit of functionality. There is a neat registry change that works to
    turn it on, but after a while (3 weeks ish) the 'Guide' stops working. If you
    then go through the Guide setup routine you find that it thinks its in the US
    and wants a ZIP code rather than a UK Postcode. So there is a bit of
    development - but probably not much.

    Kind regards, James Usmar.

    The Registry changes for a UK install to turn on MyTV:Movies are -

    1) goto Control Panel > Regional and Language Settings > Languages Tab >
    Details Button and change default input language to United States
    2) open regedit and make the following change
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media
    Center\Settings\MCE.GlobalSettings]
    "systemGeoISO2"="US"
    3) (optional) Your keyboard will now be US layout so if you use it, change
    it back to UK layout.
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard
    Layouts\00000409]
    "Layout File"="KBDUK.DLL"
    "Layout Text"="United Kingdom"
    "Layout Display Name"="@%SystemRoot%\\system32\\input.dll,-5000"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard
    Layout\DosKeybCodes]
    "00000409"="uk"
     
    James Usmar, Jun 27, 2006
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    Jason Tsang Guest

    There's a reason it isn't supported in non-North American countries.. and
    unfortunately, it is EPG data related.

    Since the Movies option is heavily EPG data dependent, I guess Microsoft
    doesn't feel that the EPG data in (say) Europe is good enough to offer this
    functionality. Perhaps in the future, the data will improve to a point
    where Microsoft can expose this functionality, but until that time comes, it
    won't be supported.

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    Jason Tsang, Jun 27, 2006
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  3. James Usmar

    James Usmar Guest

    Hi Jason - thanks for your reply.

    In which case I'd argue that the EPG data is now good enough to turn on this
    bit of forgotten MCE2005 functionality for Europe. The only limitations I've
    come across running with the registry changes are (1) the lack of film cover
    graphics - which can be found if you drill down to the through the 'cast'
    menu options. You get about the same degree of success that you get for CD
    cover art, and (2) the 'guide' getting its knickers in a twist due to the
    registry changes. A proper fix, I would hope, could fix this.

    The key benefits, are in the search and record options that you have to
    track down movies and record them, rather than having to scroll through the
    'guide' for 100+ channels a time. Make life easy, please. ;-)

    What would be you suggested way to take this forward with Microsoft?

    Regards, James.

     
    James Usmar, Jun 27, 2006
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  4. James Usmar

    Jason Tsang Guest

    Perhaps someone in Europe can see how it is in Vista... Perhaps the Movies
    functionality has been changed now.

    I can ask my contacts at Microsoft to see if they have anything to add.

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    Jason Tsang, Jun 27, 2006
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  5. James Usmar

    James Usmar Guest

    Jason - Many thanks.

    It's probably a quick win on an MCE2005 wishlist for Microsoft.
    Let me know how you get on.

    'fraid I'm not going to try out the Vista option yet - only just got all the
    driver TV/graphics bugs sorted out with the XP based one!

    Kind regards, James.

     
    James Usmar, Jun 27, 2006
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  6. http://www.xpmce.com/forum/where-is-the-movie-browser-vt95883.html
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    http://www.microsoft.com/mvp




     
    Richard Miller, Jun 27, 2006
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  7. James Usmar

    James Usmar Guest

    Hello Richard,

    Many thanks for the link - the point I am trying to make is that although
    the registry changes get "movies" going, they cause a problem with "guide".
    and some of the cover art - you need to drill down into the "cast" menus to
    get it. Once MCE2005 cache's the art it then appears on the initial screen.

    It would be *SO* much better for MS to turn on the feature properly for UK
    installs.

    What I am looking for to understand how to get the request to update the
    product in to the radar of Microsoft? Can you help?

    Regards,
    James


     
    James Usmar, Jun 28, 2006
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