Media Center Available via Retail Channel! Who Cares?
Media Center Available via Retail Channel | Charlie Owen points out that
with the official
Windows Vista Product Lineup that you will finally be able to buy Media Center
in a retail market. Charlie says “Windows
is coming to a store shelf near you”, but will it even matter?
Allchin says that PC’s using CableCARD will have to be submitted and tested
through CableLabs. So, a retail version
of Media Center doesn’t get you CableCARD if Jim
is correct. ATI and
AnandTech have pointed the other way, saying “The PC is not certified by
CableLabs in any way, instead MS publishes a minimum system configuration and
the system has to meet these specs in order to be sold with the OCUR device.” Details
on the DirecTV
deal have yet to be seen.
covered HD DVD/Blu-ray
hardware, and today I’ll add some information about why PCI Express with PVP-UAB
in Vista will most likely be needed. AACS says “Within
a Licensed Product, the video portion of Decrypted AACS Content shall not be
present on any User-Accessible Bus in analog or unencrypted, compressed form.” That sure sounds like PVP-UAB
will need to be ready. I would expect
CableCARD and DirecTV to also make use of it, as it is easy to get anything off of the current PCI bus.
would be very nice if Microsoft would release the details of what’s really
needed for CableCARD PC’s. Will I be
able to build one or not? Does Media Center
via retail matter any more?