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Immersive Television by clindhartsen Immersive Television by clindhartsen
If Media Center were broken apart, and Live TV became it's own application in Windows 8, what might the experience be like? Here's one concept.

Taking cues from what limited applications we've seen for Windows 8, Television would be a Windows Phone-like hub into how you watch television using your PC. Featuring a focus on your favorite channels, you'd get a quick view of the current channel your watching (it would be live in the background if it's currently active), as well as what's coming up, plus access to the full TV guide and your recorded TV.

Simple enough, this isn't likely to happen due to the extremely limited use of Media Center by consumers, but one could dream what a first-class experience could be like in the upcoming OS.

Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions?

Image Credits: Television Icon from The Noun Project, all TV captures relative ownership by their own networks (King5, CBC, CBS, CNBC)

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in-dolly Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Looks interesting
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bgrambo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
On the whole, I dig it, but my biggest point of criticism is the lack of contrast between the tiles without content and the background. I would think adding a Windows-Phone-esque accent color would help, but it may be contrast overkill.

I'd also think that there should be better contrast with the text between the app title, the column headings, and the menu items, whether that means different font-weights or font-sizes is another thing that I haven't seen standardized yet.

I'd also say that perhaps the Currently Watching preview box should be lined up with the 'T' in Television and 'C' in Currently Watching, as well as the channel guide preview listing being lined up with the edge of the 11am box. I understand that, in the channel guide situation, it gives a sense that it's "inside" the 11am section, but I'm not sure that isn't already conveyed by being placed under it.

Just a personal note, as I don't think this is outlined anywhere in the Metro "rules", it always gives me the heebie-jeebies to see a Metro titles and column headers start with a capital letter.

Granted, those points are influenced largely by the way existing Metro products look. So feel free to rightfully take my comments with the knowledge that they can be boiled down to "you're doing it differently!" =)
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mattweihl Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Nice concept. Though I'm betting Win8 Media Center will be the same as Win7 Media Center. I remember Ed Bott saying that the Media Center team was disbanded after Win7 launch (though they have a "Media Platform" team). Xbox 360 with Live TV is the new Media Center.
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clindhartsen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
True, true, but one can dream.
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PMKnecht Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
I really like this and maybe you know the dvbviewer Project, with its Skin Editor you should be able to assemble such a skin at ease.. This would be quote cool..
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