There seems to be some confusion over Samsung’s new Media Center Extender and what TV’s it will work with, on the Microsoft and Samsung’s stand they were not 100% clear. This morning I interviewed Hakan Olsson from the eHome team at Microsoft and he cleared up the issues for me. The new Extenders are designed to work out with the latest range of Samsung TVs and to be mounted behind the TV and do not require line of site IR. They instead use a new HDMI control protocol for the TV to talk to the Extender, you use the remote that comes with the Extender and the TV picks up the signal and can control the TV. The remote is very neat too
So think if it as an addon Module for the TV and not a standalone Extender, at $199 is not a bad price if you pickup one when you shell out for a new TV
Ian Dixon is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), founder of TheDigitalLifestyle.com tech site and producer of the weekly The Digital Lifestyle Show podcast. Ian has been writing and talking about Windows for over 10 years and has over 20 years in IT as an IT Manager. Ian has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook and over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.