Windows Home Server gets TV transcoding for Windows Mobile


Microsoft has announced the beta of Windows Home Server Power Pack 3, and this version contains a nice Windows Mobile related feature. 

We know one of the huge bug a bears Windows Mobile users have is video playback performance, and the solution is usually transcoding, which is usually onerous and time consuming.  WHS 3 will automatically copy TV recordings from Windows Media Centre and has a new feature where it will also automatically create a transcoded lower bit rate version in WMV format for your Windows Mobile phone or Zune.

The only issue I see is the low bit rate WMHS sees appropriate for Windows Mobile – only 320×240 at 500 kb/sec. Zune is more highly regarded and gets 640×480 at 1500 kb/sec.

Windows Home Server of course also include many great new features, which you can read about here.


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