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Media Center Integrator Alliance to Offer Training at EXPO

The Media Center Series (MCIA), in collaboration with CEDIA University, will offer its Media Center Series training sessions during CEDIA EXPO 2009. The four separate courses cover everything from optimization of a Media Center PC to network design and configuration and digital cable installation. Each training class will earn integrators two CEU credits.

The following is a list of the class times and descriptions:

Wednesday, September 9
8:00am – 12:00pm Optimizing the PC as an A/V Source (EST051)
Systems integrators will learn key skills to setting up and optimizing a Windows Vista-based Media Center PC as a great single-room or whole-house media server. In this four hour course, participants will learn to set up and optimize audio and video performance, establish consistent and efficient control management, and implement different control options for a Windows Media Center.

1:00pm – 5:00pm Integrating Digital Cable (MPT862)
Systems integrators will learn how to configure, test, and diagnose issues associated with bringing standard and premium digital cable content into Windows Media Center. Systems integrators will be able to differentiate different types of digital TV content, set up a digital cable tuner with CableCARD(tm), and implement digital cable within Media Center.

Thursday, September 10
8:00am – 12:00pm Networking for Media Distribution (EST053)
Systems integrators will learn how to configure, test, and diagnose issues associated with setup and optimization of a residential network for digital media distribution. Participants in the course will learn to select appropriate home networking components, set up and connect Windows Media Center to a home network including extenders, as well as troubleshooting and problem solving of a home network.

1:00pm – 5:30pm Designing a Media Center Ecosystem (ESD099)
Systems integrators will learn how to evaluate customer expectations and behaviors and design a system that delivers on those expectations using Media Center. The course will cover understanding customer needs and wants, explaining A/V performance and copy protection technology considerations, as well as implementing consistent control of the Media Center topology.

Ultimate Install Contest Winner Announcement
MCIA and co-sponsor Microsoft, will also be announcing the winners of the 2009 Ultimate Install Contest on Wednesday, September 9. The Ultimate Install Contest seeks to recognize the residential integration business that best utilizes Windows Media Center in a custom home installation project. Integrators looking to showcase their media center integration solutions should visit for more details on how to enter this year’s contest. Contest closes August 1, 2009 at 11:59pm PDT.

For more information on how to sign-up for the Media Center Series at CEDIA Expo 2009, visit