Tuesday, June 01, 2010

SageTV 7 – Easy Install & Upgrades with Plugin Manager

One of my favorite new features of the new SageTV 7 HTPC software is the plugin manager.

Installing, upgrading and even uninstalling plugins for SageTV is as easy as a click of the remote control and in most cases can be done from the user interface of SageTV even on your extender.

You can browse the plugins already installed on your SageTV HTPC and check for available updates

Plugin Manager

If there is an update available, it will be noted:

Update Available

You can then view the release notes, download and install the plugin right from the SageTV 7 user interface:

Upgrade Status

To see the process of upgrading and installing plugins in SageTV 7 with the new plugin manager check out this quick, 1-minute demo video:

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Monday, May 31, 2010

SageTV 7 Plugin Spotlight – Movie Trailers

One of my favorite features of SageTV 7 is the new Plugin Manager.  The plugin manager makes installing, configuring and even uninstalling plugins much easier.  And one of my favorites so far is the Movie Trailers Plugin.

The SageTV 7 Movie Trailers plugins is a pretty simple idea, but adds a lot of convenience to the HTPC user.  Once you’ve installed Movie Trailers you can access movie trailers from the TV Program Guide for any movie and from the Videos sections of SageTV.  If you’re browsing upcoming shows on your TV guide and come across a movie you think you might be interested in, but just aren’t sure check out the Movie Trailer.

And if you’re going through a long list of movies on your HTPC, checking out the movie trailer is the perfect way to figure out what that movie really is about before watching it – at least as long as the trailer isn’t misleading that is...

This plugin is simple and very functional.  Check out this quick, 2-minute demo video I created to demonstrate the Movie Trailer Plugin:

Read more about the plugin at the SageTV Forums.  This plugin was created by koelec & mkanet.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

TV Premieres, Finales & Specials This Week 05/30/2010

Each week GeekTonic covers the TV scene with a complete listing of premieres, finales and specials for the week.  With Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. the summer season is upon us.  That means a few more finales and a bunch of summer season premieres including Burn Notice, Royal Pains, The Next Food Network Star and more.

Don’t miss the Ultimate Guide to the Summer 2010 TV Season with free PDF downloads!

And the TV Status – Guide to which shows are canceled and renewed for next season

Royal Pains

            Royal Pains premieres this week

NOTE: All Times are Listed for EST – TV schedules subject to change


Sunday, May 30

Note that Turner Classic Movies is airing 72 hours worth of war films continuing today and then an all-day tribute to Clint Eastwood on Monday – Memorial Day

Indianapolis 500 (11am on ABC – Available in HD)

Interrogating Saddam (10pm on National Geographic – Available in HD) – A special on National Geographic with FBI agent George Piro interrogates Saddam Hussein after his capture in 2003

National Memorial Day Concert (11pm airtime depends on location on PBS – Available in HD) – Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna co-host the 2010 concert.  Guests include Yolanda Adams, Lionel Richie, Brad Paisley, Katherine Jenkins, Kelli O’Hara etc.



Monday, May 31

Cake Boss (9pm on TLC – Available in HD) – Season 3 premiere

America the Story of Us (9pm on History – Available in HD) – Series finale

True Beauty (10pm on ABC) – Season 2 premiere

Dad Camp (10pm on VH1) – New series on VH1 where boyfriends of pregnant women attempt to become responsible fathers

Kendra (10pm on E) – Season finale


Tuesday, June 1

Hell’s Kitchen (8pm on Fox) – Season 7 premiere

America’s Got Talent (8pm on NBC – Available in HD) – Season 5 premiere

One Big Happy Family (9pm on TLC – Available in HD) – Season 2 premiere

Losing it with Jillian (10pm on NBC) – New series on NBC with the Biggest Loser trainer, Jillian Michaels helping people focus on losing weight

The Little Couple (10pm on TLC) – Season 3 premiere

Jersey Couture (10pm on Oxygen) – New realityTV series on Oxygen

9 by Design (10pm on Bravo – Available in HD) – Season finale


Wednesday, June 2

Are We There Yet? (9pm on TBS – Available in HD) – New series based on the 2005 movie by the same name.

Toddlers & Tiaras’ (10pm on TLC – Available in HD) – Season 3 premiere

Half Pint Brawlers (11pm on SpikeTV) – New wrestling/realityTV series where little people look to make it big in the pro wrestling world


Thursday, June 3

Burn Notice (9pm on USA – Available in HD) – Season 4 premiere

Royal Pains (10pm on USA – Available in HD) – Season 2 premiere

The Real Housewives of New York City (10pm on Bravo – Available in HD) – Season finale

Fugitive Chronicles (11pm on A&E – Available in HD) – Season finale


Friday, June 4

The 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee (8pm on ABC – Available in HD) – The top young spellers in the U.S. compete in the final rounds of this years contest.

Six Versus the World (8pm on Discovery – Available in HD) – New RealityTV series.  Athletes travel to Ethiopia for a Suri stick fighting challenge

Whale Wars (9pm on Animal – Available in HD) – Season 2 premiere

The Neistat Brothers (11pm on HBO – Available in HD) – New comedy/drama series on HBO


Saturday, June 5

Drill Team (noon on AETV – Available in HD) – A new RealityTV/Home Improvement series


Sunday, June 6

Sons of Tuscon (7:30pm on Fox – Available in HD) – The final episodes of the doomed sitcom get aired this summer.

Drop Dead Diva (9pm on Lifetime) – Season 2 premiere

Kate Plus 8 (9pm on TLC – Available in HD) – New RealityTV series

The Next Food Network Star (9pm on Food) – Season 6 premiere

Dining with Death (9pm on Travel – Available in HD) – New Travel/Cooking series

Expedition Great White (9pm on National Geographic – Available in HD) – New documentary series

Top Shot (10pm on History – Available in HD) – New History/RealityTV series.  This first episode pits 16 sharpshooters in an obstacle course using different weapons from various eras.

The Hard Times of RJ Berger (11pm on MTV2) – New series


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