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Media Center extenders

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    When Microsoft put Windows Media Center on life support in mid-2009, the ripples affected its hardware partners as well.

    PC makers like HP and Dell had invested engineering resources into supporting and selling Media Center configurations made for the living room. Those products became increasingly less viable as Media Center languished.

    The biggest victims were the makers of accessories called Media Center extenders, including HP, Linksys, Samsung, and Ceton. It was awkward enough when Microsoft added extender capabilities to its Xbox 360 console. With the release of the Media Center Pack for Windows 8, those third-party extenders weren't supported at all.

    Today, the Xbox One is the only Microsoft product you're likely to find in a living room.