Devices that enable video and audio media stored on a home computer to be viewed on a television located elsewhere in the house have achieved only marginal penetration into the home market. Interoperability between devices and software systems is seen as a barrier to broader adoption. Three main areas of concern: media library index sharing; network protocols; and media encoding were identified whilst developing server software to allow a third party device to access Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition functionality. This paper introduces a generic software infrastructure to facilitate multiple different devices to access media server functionality. The infrastructure comprises of a driver based interface to multimedia devices, a DirectShow based transcoder, and an interface to media library index. This infrastructure tackled successfully the identified issues.
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