Friday, March 19, 2010

Watch March Madness On Demand with SageTV MS MediaCenter and Boxee

Most everyone can watch the NCAA Tournament on their TV sets these days thanks to their local CBS channel.  But what if you want to watch the game that isn’t being “focused on” by the CBS affiliate in your area?  Well one choice is to fire up the laptop and watch it on and choose the game of your choice to stream to the computer.  But what if you want to pick and choose the game for your TV set?  Well that’s possible with three of the leading HTPC software programs.


SageTV has a very nice PlayOn add-on that gives you access to all of the online content available to PlayOn including the NCAA Tournament games.  You’ll need to get your free trial of PlayOn or purchase it, then install the free, SageTV PlayOn plugin and your set.

For more about the latest update to the PlayOn Plugin for SageTV head to the SageTV Forums.


SageTV March Madness On Demand


Windows MediaCenter

Windows MediaCenter also has a PlayOn plugin you can use VMCPlayit or to stream to your MediaCenter powered TV.  You can also use the “On Now” feature of Media Center with the “Sports Strip” described on Pete’s Windows Live Blog to check out the game scores.

Windows MediaCenter Sports Strip


Boxee & Plex

As of this month, Boxee has March Madness Live content streaming available as well.  Plex has had NCAA Tournament streaming since last year.

After witnessing thousands of readers interested in the NCAA Tournament Excel download, I have a feeling these HTPC March Madness features will be pretty popular as well.  Go Mizzou!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Deal of the Day – SiliconDust HDHR Dual Tuner $99.99 Free Shipping

$100 is the best price I’ve seen so far for this tuner!
SiliconDust HDHomeRun Network-based Dual Digital HDTV Tuner Ethernet Interface

Newegg (affiliate) has my favorite tuner of all time, the SiliconDust HDHR dual QAM tuner for $99.99 and free shipping through March 28th.

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Next best price is for $121.36 and free shipping.  Not a bad deal at all, but still not as good as NewEgg.

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Thanks to JarkHD for the tip!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket 2010 Excel Free Download


bballFor all of the HD sports I consume over the year, one of my very favorite sporting events is the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  Even if you don't have a favorite team in the tournament this year, you can follow along by making your picks for the bracket.  To help you along in that process, I've updated the excel spreadsheet I use each year (suitable for any Basketball Geek) that lets you select your picks from a drop-down and easily print & save your picks.  It's free, easy and will soon be pre-filled with all of the teams in the 2010 NCAA Tournament bracket.

Get your download of the Excel March Madness 2010 Bracket here.

 March Madness Bracket 2010


If you just want a web-printable bracket with the teams filled in and not a spreadsheet, there's plenty of choices for you including the following:


My favorite team (Missouri) will play the role of underdog regardless of how far they go, but MrsGeekTonic will be cheering for her #1 Kansas Jayhawks throughout the tournament.  If you have a favorite team or matchup please share in the comments.