Vision Audio Named Winner of 2009 Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Contest!

September 15, 2009

As we mentioned last week, Dustin Anderson and Vision Audio were named the winners of the 2009 Windows Media Center Install. Their unique 17,000 square foot installtion was the perfect representation of Media Center coupled with extensive automation and a killer audio system. Take a look at the video to check out the install!

To learn more about the contest or the install, visit

MCIA Announces Winner of 2009 Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Contest!

September 10, 2009

 The Media Center Integrator Alliance (MCIA), together with Microsoft, announced the winner of the 2009 Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Contest. The residential custom integration firm, Vision Audio in Lubbock, Texas, built an impressive system with Windows Media Center at the core of the entertainment experience in an extensive whole-home installation. The installation has been a 4-year project for Vision Audio’s General Manager Dustin Anderson and his team. Seamlessly integrating six Windows Media Center servers, one Windows Home Server, five dedicated theater-style rooms, 12 media racks, 98 speakers, and 30 zones of distributed audio; the Lubbock, Texas home includes products from key MCIA member companies such as Autonomic Controls, Crestron and Niveus Media.

At CEDIA, MCIA is also celebrating its one year anniversary. The organization is making several announcements this year, including additions to their training programs. CEDIA University and MCIA will be working together to incorporate the Media Center training series into the organization’s e-Learning offerings which are available in instructor-led and on-demand formats. Moving forward, MCIA members and integrators will also be able to access Media Center training modules on the MCIA website, giving members another access point to get the training and education tools they need.

The organization has also announced an update to their popular Digital Cable Tuner Diagnostic Tool. The application gathers information from the tuner(s) that are displayed in an easy-to-use interface for troubleshooting issues. Scan results can be imported and exported from the tool to make sharing diagnostic information easier. The Digital Cable Tuner Diagnostic Tool v.2 offers integrators improved support for all CableCARD types across firmware versions, as well as added support for Harmonic and Scientific Atlanta S CableCARDs. Be sure to stop by their booth (Hall B Booth 5645) to check out their latest initiatives and talk to representatives today!

To read all the latest news on MCIA, visit their press page.

Media Center University at EHX 2009

January 29, 2009

ehx2009-logoAt EHX 2009, Media Center Integrator Alliance (MCIA) will sponsor Media Center University, a two day training class on the technical and management keys to succeeding with media centers as a core product discipline of a custom electronics integration business. The program runs over the course of two days and is broken into four half-day segments. Comprised of some of the industry’s top companies, MCIA was founded to provide both integrators and manufacturers with best practices and training for technologies using Media Center. In addition to training classes, MCIA will host an open house on Friday, March 13 for Q&A sessions and product demos.

The following is a list of the class times and descriptions for interested integrators.

Wednesday, March 11
8:00am – 12:00pm             Optimizing Media Center PCs
In this 4-hour course, Systems Integrators will learn many key skills to setting up and optimizing a Windows Media Center PC as a great single room or whole house media server.

1:00pm – 5:00pm               Setup and Troubleshooting of Digital Cable
Attendees will learn how to configure, test, and diagnose issues associated with bringing standard and premium digital cable content into Windows Media Center.

Thursday, March 12

8:00am – 12:00pm            Residential Networking for Media Distribution
Learn how to configure, test, and diagnose issues associated with setup and optimization of a residential network for digital media distribution.

1:00pm – 5:00pm              Designing a Media Center Ecosystem
Attendees will learn how take customer expectations and behaviors and design a system to deliver on these expectations using Media Center.

Friday, March 13

8:00am – 5:00pm             Open House

This day is dedicated to open format Q&A and demos. Representatives from all MCIA Member Sponsors will be on hand to answer questions, demo products, discuss techniques, share designs, and review case studies. Feel free to come by and share your stories, challenges, and questions with a group of Media Center experts. Additionally, Microsoft will be demonstrating Windows 7 and Windows Home Server and answering questions about these products.

For more information on how to sign-up for Media Center University, visit

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