What's New In Media Center on Windows Vista?
OpenCable Unidirectional Receiver (OCUR) CableCARD Support
record premium and HD cable content without the need for a set-top
box. CableCARD–enabled PCs are specially certified PCs that will be available
from most computer manufacturers when Windows Vista is released.
Microsoft (Err Sonic/Roxio?) "MyTV ToGo"
Launching with Windows Vista this fee-based application will allow syncing content to portable devices such as Portable Media Centers, iPod
with video capability, PocketPC, or PlayStation Portable (PSP).
Native DVD/MPEG-2 Codec Support
Center now includes DVD codec support natively. You no longer need to purchase a decoder from NVIDIA, InterVideo, or Cyberlink.
Support for two dual-tuners
I'm assuming this means Media Center now officially supports recording four channels at once.
Allows OEM to configure the PC to start up like a CE device. Also allows Media Center session to be locked, not allowing users to exit.
Cycle through the EPG using the directional buttons on your remote. No need to actually change channels or view the Guide fullscreen.
And More! Get the Windows
Vista Beta 2 Product Guide
to see more about these features and what else Windows Vista will offer.