XBOX 360 : Zune Video Streaming Test Weekend – FAIL!

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Just a few days ago I received an e-mail with the invitation to test drive the upcoming Zune Video Streaming service on XBOX Live! Yeah..you have to pay (even during the testing phase) to test the streaming service, but when you complete a survey you will receive 1200 Microsoft Points (1 movie is about 500 Points).

I’m not sure what went wrong, but just a few moments  ago I received another e-mail in which the XBOX Beta Administrators announced that they discontinued the offer of 1200 Microsoft Points for completing the error reporting survey.

This was the e-mail I received :

 

Hello Testers,

We regret to inform you that we have discontinued the offer of 1200 Microsoft Points for completing the “Zune video streaming” error reporting survey. We appreciate your continued feedback during the testing process and can’t wait to bring the full service to you in November.

Movie night is still taking place this weekend and there will be a wide variety of movies available for rental during the Preview period. Please note that you will need to use Microsoft Points to rent these movies.

Even though the 1200 Microsoft Points offer is no longer available, we look forward to your continued participation in the Xbox LIVE Update Preview Program.

Regards,

The Xbox Beta Administrators

 

They still want us (the Testers) to test the video streaming stuff, we have to pay to test and won’t receive anything in return? Oke….when you’re participating in the XBOX Live Update Preview Program it’s normal you do something in return…but pay for testing the streaming of a movie (not much choice for now, only considerable old movies available in the Netherlands)…I don’t like that at all!

I can imagine that everybody was filling out a error report (to collect the 1200 MP’s), even the movie night hasn’t even started yet 🙁 If the testing wasn’t gonna cost me anything (or they had new movies available) I wanted to try the service, but now I have to pay and they don’t have any recent movie….sorry…I’ll just skip the testing part!

Video : Windows 7 in Zevenhuizen

During the Windows 7 deployment in Zevenhuizen Microsoft recorded some nice video’s which they published on their action website. Too bad you’re not able to skip the video, so I decided to upload the video to Youtube! If you take a good look you can even see me in the video (I’m the one at the hairdresser with the brown polo-shirt and in the deployment room which you can see later in the video).

Windows 7 Worldwide Launch Party Video’s

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The Windows 7 Launch has started. Check out video’s from all the launch events all over the world. Do you have a launch video and uploaded it to youtube? Just leave the link in the commentbox and I’ll post your video here!

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Bill Gates KeyNote at CES 2008

The 2008 International CES event kicked off Sunday in Las Vegas with a keynote featuring Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and Robbie Bach, President, Entertainment and Devices Division. Gates and Bach presented some of the software, devices and technology that are helping to create connected entertainment experiences for people today. Gates speculated on some of the key technologies that will usher in what he described as the “second digital decade” in the coming years, and also offered a tongue-in-cheek look at what his last day working full-time at Microsoft might look like.

View the On-Demand webcast (1:07 hr) 100k | 300k | 750k

You can also watch the keynote on this page (just press the play-button).

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IT Forum : Day 5 (and other days) Wrap by the VirtualSide Team

Tony & Daniel take a fast track look at the highlights of the last five days. From the Keynote to the content, from Speaker Idol to an interview with José in the kitchen as he prepares the delegate catering! What a fantastic week it has been!

On this page you can watch all of the Day Wrap ups!

On the IT-Forum pages you can watch the video in Windows Media Format. I know that’s not viewable for everybody so I downloaded the video and converted it so it would play in an ordinary FlashPlayer. If anyone wants an Silverlight version, just let me know…

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Just for the record : I did not record the movie you can watch above. I downloaded it from the official IT Forum website and converted it so also viewers who can’t watch MediaPlayer content on their pc’s (at the office, internercafé) can watch the video in a flashplayer.

IT Forum : Day 4 Wrap by the VirtualSide Team

It’s Thursday and we are racing through the week.  Cheesey provides some behind-the-scenes insights into the nerve centre – 9km fibre-optic cable, 60km wired cable, 250 switches, 1,300 PC’s, gigabytes of data… it’s massive!  Our TechEd IT Forum First Lady becomes Speaker Idol 2007. Sadly only one day left… 

On the IT-Forum pages you can watch the video in Windows Media Format. I know that’s not viewable for everybody so I downloaded the video and converted it so it would play in an ordinary FlashPlayer. If anyone wants an Silverlight version, just let me know…

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Just for the record : I did not record the movie you can watch above. I downloaded it from the official IT Forum website and converted it so also viewers who can’t watch MediaPlayer content on their pc’s (at the office, internercafé) can watch the video in a flashplayer.

IT Forum : Day 3 Wrap by the VirtualSide Team

A brand new day – Tony and Daniel sum up the highlights of Day 3.  The ever-popular hands-on labs, queues for the instructor-led labs, current top demo speaker, Women in Technology initiative… and getting ready for the Country Party tonight.

On the IT-Forum pages you can watch the video in Windows Media Format. I know that’s not viewable for everybody so I downloaded the video and converted it so it would play in an ordinary FlashPlayer. If anyone wants an Silverlight version, just let me know…

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Just for the record : I did not record the movie you can watch above. I downloaded it from the official IT Forum website and converted it so also viewers who can’t watch MediaPlayer content on their pc’s (at the office, internercafé) can watch the video in a flashplayer.

IT-Forum : Day 2 Wrap by the VirtualSide Team

Things get going on Day 2. Extra rooms are laid on to accommodate the high demand, delegates sign up for lunch-time demos, the Ask-the-Expert area is buzzing with attendees seeking information, speakers are competing for the top speaker slot… all that in a day!  Be sure to ‘Connect’ tomorrow for more of the action.

On the IT-Forum pages you can watch the video in Windows Media Format. I know that’s not viewable for everybody so I downloaded the video and converted it so it would play in an ordinary FlashPlayer. If anyone wants an Silverlight version, just let me know…

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Just for the record : I did not record the movie you can watch above. I downloaded it from the official IT Forum website and converted it so also viewers who can’t watch MediaPlayer content on their pc’s (at the office, internercafé) can watch the video in a flashplayer.