Niveus Media is introducing quite the application today, and unlike the vast majority of its other downloads, this one isn't restricted to Niveus-branded machines. Niveus Search is an app suitable for use on any Vista Media Center PC which delivers a simple search tool for scanning local / connected media as well as internet sources. The tool promises visual results of your EPG, recorded TV list, music, photos, videos, web-based content and sources such as Netflix / Flickr / Live365. Best of all, it's available gratis in beta form right now for all Vista Media Center users to enjoy, though we'd highly suggest you grab it soon if you're interested -- who knows if this will stay machine agnostic forever. Full release after the fold.


NIVEUS BRINGS UNIFIED SEARCH TO WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER

Easily search through entire media catalogues and select Internet content utilizing the unified Niveus Search tool, now available for download.

Milpitas, CA – September 26, 2008 – Niveus Media, Inc. announces beta availability of the new unified Niveus Search, which enables easy retrieval of content accessible across the local network and Internet. The patent-pending Niveus Search offers Windows Vista ® Media Center users an easy-to-use, 10' interface that provides an all encompassing scan of both the Media Center and Internet sources.

No longer do Media Center users have to scroll through lengthy catalogues trying to locate a certain movie, TV program, song, etc. Utilizing the unified Niveus Search yields visual results of the electronic program guide, recorded TV, music, photos, videos, and web-based content, from sources such as NetflixÒ, FlickrÒ, and Live365 Internet radio. Additionally, for the less decisive that aren't sure what to watch or listen to, by entering keywords of interest, Search will return a number of related results from across its sources.

Accessing and using the Niveus Search tool is simple and can be easily accomplished with the use of only a remote control. By selecting "New Search" via the Search icon on the Windows Media Center strip, users can enter keywords with the remote control (T9) or the onscreen keypad. Search then reveals results in a compelling gallery, with cover art, movie posters, icons, pictures, or other supported visual formats. The user can then click play, slideshow, or schedule a recording based on the type of result(s) returned. Previous searches can be found through a Previous Searches icon on the Media Center menu.

Now available via the Niveus Software Labs webpage, Niveus Search is being released as beta for all Windows Vista Media Center users for an undetermined amount of time to gather feedback, field results, and suggestions. Niveus will continue to release improvements to Niveus Search beta via the Niveus Software Labs and intends to release a production version of Niveus Search to the Windows Media Center community when ready. Niveus Search will be supported by the user community in the new Niveus Software Labs Forum. Select screenshots can be viewed through the Niveus Software Labs by selecting the screenshots tab.