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S1Digital Now Shipping CableCARD Enabled Media Centers

NEW YORK, Aug. 30-- S1Digital is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Digital Cable Tuners with their Media Center solutions, enabling customers to watch and record premium high-definition TV (HDTV) via CableCARD, without the need for a cable set top box.

Digital Cable Tuners are available on the ProLine Quad Server and FX Editions, as well as the Home Series’ Platinum Edition with two internal CableCARD slots so customers can watch and record two channels at the same time; and with internal storage of up to 3.75 terabytes on the Server Edition and 2.25 terabytes on the Platinum Edition, around 250 to 450 hours of HDTV can be stored. Under the hood the Media Centers run on Intel Core 2 Duo and Quad processors with Viiv Technology, Nvidia PureVideo HD video processors and Microsoft Windows Vista, providing extremely powerful digital media playback capabilities.

S1Digital also offers customers the ability to watch the latest high- definition movies on HD-DVD and Blu-ray discs and includes seamless integrated playback within the Vista Media Center interface.

When coupled with Xbox 360s, S1Digital Media Centers provide customers with a powerful but cost-effective IP-based multi-room A/V distribution solution that allows watching live HDTV in other rooms, as well enabling a centralized recorded TV, video and music server.

S1Digital, now a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, has been working hard to provide customers this most requested feature since the Media Center platform was originally introduced. S1Digital Media Centers are totally integrated hubs of digital entertainment, including high-definition TV and movies, video, music, photos, Internet content and more.

For dealers and custom installers, S1Digital has a special program and pricing allowing resellers to offer the ultimate digital entertainment experience to their customers.

More information on S1Digital’s solutions can be found at http://www.s1digital.com/, by emailing sales@s1digital.comor by calling (888) 632-6897.

Inteset Announces CableCARD Availability

Hanover MA, August 28, 2007, Inteset, LLC has announced the availability of CableCARD in its server systems. Inteset now provides an option for up to two (2) internal OCUR tuners that support CableCARD in its Denzel and Maximus servers.

The Inteset CableCARD solution allows customers to replace their high definition cable box with an Inteset server to view one standard or high definition premium program while recording another. OCUR tuners can be used without the CableCARD add-on from the local cable company in which case unencrypted QAM (non-premium digital cable) is supported. In addition, all Inteset systems are now available using the Windows Vista operating system from Microsoft which is required for the use of OCUR tuners.

Dealers have been asking for CableCARD for some time. Inteset has held off on offering CableCARD for the Windows Vista platform until third-party drivers for the OS were more stable and up-to-date. Inteset had been working closely with its OEM partner, Microsoft, and the driver vendors during that time and have now qualified its systems for use with these major features.

“CableCARD and the Windows Vista operating system have been highly anticipated. We’re now delighted to offer it to our patient dealers,” says David Hirsh, Inteset Director of Business Development.

“It has been a pleasure working with Inteset on the CableCARD project,” says Mike Arntzen, Business Development Manager of Entertainment and Devices Divisions’ eHome Group at Microsoft Corp. “Inteset works hard to satisfy the needs of the installer channel. It’s great to see a company such as Inteset as committed to the channel as Microsoft is.”

For more information, visit http://www.inteset.com. Inteset products will be on display during the September 07’ CEDIA show in Denver, CO in Booth #326.

About Inteset

Inteset, LLC has been creating high-end home entertainment products since 2003. Inteset offers three categories of products based on the Windows Media Center platform: media servers, media extenders, and exclusive software for its systems. The near silent media servers come with up to 6TB of internal, protected storage with the ability to expand externally. The advanced media extenders are independent systems as well as A/V distribution clients. All systems are shipped with an enriched Windows Media Center interface that includes a movie management module and a multi-zone music module among other exclusive software offerings. These systems appeal to A/V dealers and integrators for their high-integrity construction, reliability, ease-of-use, unique entertainment modules and services, price point, and interoperability with advanced control systems.

Short Bits: Vaio LT, Album Art, HD DVD, Plug-ins

In October, Sony will start selling their Vaio LT HD PC/TV.  It’s an all-in-one PC 22-inch LCD TV with a PC built-in.  There will be a standard and an HD model that includes Blu-ray and CableCARD, I’m assuming only a single tuner though.  Cool idea, but I don’t see this pushing too many units.  Sony, like HP has a few innovative PC concepts out there but I don’t think the general public is really ready for something like this.

A week or so ago Jason Dunn wrote an article about Microsoft not getting embedded album art.   I agree, I’ve been struggling with some album art recently and it’s ridiculous that I have to spend time troubleshooting and thinking about something like album art.  Not only that, the either Windows Media Player team is behind the times.  Microsoft is concentrating too much on thing like the Zune and online services and not putting enough time into their flagship player.  Windows Media Player needs a lot of work, and it seems very little gets done with every release.

There have been tons of HD DVD deals out in the past few days.  First of all, if you pick up a Toshiba HD-A2, HD-A20 or HD-XA2 at Amazon you also get five free HD DVDs via snail mail and an addition three free as part on a promotion that ends on the September 23.  Figuring $20 a disc, you are basically getting a HD DVD player for free or really cheap.  There is also a deal where you can get the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive for $180 and get nine HD DVDs with that!

And lastly for a free plug-in notes, MCEBuddy is a DVRMSToolbox-like application that could be considered to have a more understandable UI for beginners.  Looks pretty cool.  Converts files to other formats, remove commercials, etc.

Ryan Hurst got around to updating one of the most popular applications for Media Center, My Netflix is now updated for a better Vista install.  Other changes include the images and bug fixes.

Review: Vidabox Premium Wireless Keyboard with Optical Trackball

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Finding a nice keyboard to use with your Media Center isn’t always the easiest thing to do.  Many keyboards are either too pricey, not designed for use in your lap, or have some other fatal flaw.  Vidabox has created a Premium Wireless Keyboard with Optical Trackball that comes standard on all of their systems, and is also available for purchase separately that attempts to find a solution to some of these problems.  They were nice enough to send me one to review, so let’s get right into it.

At first glance, you will notice that the Vidabox keyboard is perfectly suited to live in your lap for hours upon hours.  The design is clean and doesn’t include too many extra and unneeded buttons.   It does have basic transport controls (play/pause, stop, skip, reply) along with volume controls (up, down, mute) and a few extras (e-mail, web browser).   However, for the purpose of controlling Media Center it is lacking in one way; there is no Green Button.

For Green Button control freaks such as myself, who use the Green Button for basic navigation this is a problem.  There is a keyboard shortcut in that you can use (Windows key+ALT+ENTER) but it just isn’t the same.  The lack of a Green Button was really the only thing wrong with the keyboard functions of the Vidabox Premium Wireless Keyboard.  I was very pleased to find that this keyboard types and feels just like a ThinkPad keyboard.  For any ThinkPad owners out there, you know what I’m talking about.  For instant messing, replying to e-mails, web browsing, or even typing a paper this keyboard is a dream and better than the one sitting on my desk right now.

On to the integrated optical trackball (800dpi), it works very well after some initial time to get comfortable with it.  When I first picked up this keyboard, the speed of mouse was entirely to fast to deal with.  I lowered the pointer speed in the Control Panel, but after a few days of using the keyboard I had to keep bumping it up until I hit the original default speed it was set at.  Once you get a hold of it, the trackball works amazing well and requires very little effort to get the mouse pointer where you want it to be.

I do have two complaints about the mouse functions of this keyboard.  First of all, the trackball is prone to move slightly when you physically move the keyboard around.  It’s not so much of a big deal, except that in Media Center the slightest movement of the mouse will bring the onscreen transport controls up.  If you do a significant bit of picking up the keyboard or tilting it up and down, this might annoy you.

The second problem I have is with the placement of the mouse buttons and the trackball. With the trackball at the top right and the mouse buttons at the top left, you do have to reposition your hands to use either the mouse or to type.  I would really like to see a pointing stick (TrackPoint) used on this keyboard to get around this problem.  While it can be annoying to reposition your hands, it is another one of those things just I got use to after a few days and then it was no longer an issue.

Overall, the Vidabox Premium Wireless Keyboard with Optical Trackball is better then many of the current keyboards out there for use on the couch, but there are a few design elements that could be done better in the future.  It has a 30-foot range (I tested up to 20-feet with great results) and auto-shut off of the optical trackball to save battery life.

Interested?  Use the coupon code "chrislanier" and get a 10% discount that can be redeemed during the checkout process at Vidabox’s website.

Included in the box:

Premium Wireless Keyboard with Optical Trackball

Three AA batteries

USB Receiver (with USB extension cable)

Pros:

Inexpensive ($69.99)

Designed for your lap

Optical Trackball/Mouse works well

Cons:

No Green Button

Control takes getting use to

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Ricavision SideShow Remote Available Now (Sort of)

Ricavision has released their long awated Sideshow Remotes for Vista Media Center (Via Missing Remote).  The description from Ricavision says…

“The Ricavision SideShow remote control is the first and only remote control that incorporates the one touch access of Media Center with the power of Microsoft Windows Vista in one convenient home entertainment remote control solution.  With the integration of Microsoft Vista comes the access to SideShow and the multiple features that are accessed by the SideShow Gadgets.  These innovative product developments incorporated with the Microsoft Windows Vista SideShow provides continuous access to digital entertainment every minute of every day.”

Features

The SideShow Remote Control allows direct access & total control of Windows SideShow functions of the Media Center. It enables you to do the following things:

  • Play Music
  • Browse music library by album, artist and genre.
  • Add to Queue appends all tracks in the selection to the Now Playing list.
  • Now Playing List links to the Now Playing screen.
  • Browse TV program guide.
  • Record schedules programs to record now or later without interrupting the TV viewing experience.
  • Select recorded TV. For previously recorded TV programs, a list of programs by name and by date will be available, along with details about the selected program
  • Select other gadgets on the SideShow remote control, and view information such as email, a calendar, news headlines, and weather.
Price is $250 and is available now.  However, this is the reference design sample, all sales are final.  I'd love to get one of these to review though and hopefully they will have the newer version of the SideShow remote out soon.

Short Bits: Life|Media, Acer & Gateway, Media Center on Home Server

CE Pro got an inside look at Exceptional Innovation's Life|Media PC’s.  These things look amazing inside and out.

Acer just announced that they are buying Gateway for ~$710 million.

Richard pointed me to this the other day, if you plan on having a Windows Home Server and you must have some Media Center integration, then just do what Danee did and add it.

CE Pro Offers Media Center Training at CEDIA

CE Pro is offering a Media Center Training class at CEDIA this year.  It will be a 90 minute course to introduce installers to Vista Media Center.  For those interested in more, you will want to attend EHX in November for CE Pro’s extensive Media Center Boot Camp.

At CEDIA, the Media Center Training class will offer some basic information geared to custom installers including…

  • Windows Media Center feature summary and demonstration
  • How to articulate Windows Media Center value to customers
  • Uses of Windows Media Center in residential installation
  • Next steps to incorporating Windows Media Center into a business

Schedule

  • Friday, Sept. 7: Hyatt Agate A - 10:00 am and 4:00pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 8: Convention Center BR-1D - 10:00am and 4:00pm

For more information see here.

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HP Offers Sub-$1000 CableCARD PCs

If you are in the market for a single tuner CableCARD PC, HP has a deal for you on the m8100y that I told you about a few weeks ago.  According to poster at AVS Forum there is a $400 coupon code that works on the m8100y.  This means you can get a CableCARD PC configured with a GeForce 8500GT and Core 2 Duo E6550 for just about $979.99!

That is a huge deal, but again HP only allows you to configure a single Digital Cable Tuner and there is no telling if or when they plan on changing that.  You can only buy tuners from the OEM who sold you the PC.

The coupon code is DT1400.  Happy spending.

DivX Connected: Round Two

I thought this was important enough to post for everyone to read.  A commenter named “bobby” had this to say about my thoughts on DivX Connected.

“Wow, I understand this is a supposed to be a personal option blog, but no one is fooled, this blog is part of M$ pathetic try at viral marketing.

That said I’m very impressed how M$ is bad mouthing a product they didn’t even have seen and used, is DivX Connected *that* threatening for them ?

So let’s recap, the DivX Connected device plays DivX (and Xvid, BTW, so you got access to 70%+ of the “content” people are interested in), it does play WMV and WMA and it is based on an open platform (hello, MKV, H264 and the rest…) I do not think that lack of file formats and codec support is going to be an issue.

Stage6 support is more, as I understand it, a demonstration of the capability of the API and the of online content possibility (full trick play support FYI)

As of the 100M hardware devices, I believe this is where it is hurting for M$, DivX did indeed shipped 100M CERTIFIED hardware devices, yes they work with low cost SoC and 3rd party partners, this is the whole point, DivX is not in the business of selling boxes, they are in the technology licensing business, and in that regard they did WAY better than you Mr. M$.

I think DivX did a great job in selecting their Beta users: you were not selected, and I do not believe you will receive a test unit either, you will have to go buy it in the stores, but I believe M$ as enough change, that shouldn’t be an issue.”

First of all bobby, I'd invite you to subscribe to my blog and read the posts.  As you will see below, you are clearly off base with much of your post.  I have provided examples dating back years to show this.

I have been on Microsoft for years about their choices with file format support.  Because of this, you will find dozens of postings from me about their stupid decisions to limit file format support to not include DivX and other MPEG-4 based codecs.  An example would be right here and here, and dozens of other posts that reference it.  I can provide you with dozens of examples, and I’m sure the rest of my readers could even provide you with links where I have said the same.

I've also been saying for years that DivX is continuing to grow in several respects, with Microsoft falling behind in several places (such as hardware support, where DivX is king).  DivX is far from “doing well” in my opinion, but in the hardware field it has been light-years above offerings by Microsoft.

I had also posted a bit of Microsoft bashing when Sean Alexander posted about DivX Connected (GejBox) back in June.  Oddly, the comments are no longer listed despite the fact Sean had several (Update:Archive.org showing 4 comments on the post).  To summarize, Sean is passing off DivX as a “offbeat MPEG-4 profile” when it clearly stays within MPEG-4 ASP and when Microsoft continues to develop new formats that don’t conform to existing standards.  You can't badmouth third parties when your own company is the king of "offbeat."

Back to DivX Connected, according to the Gizmodo post, it doesn't yet support other formats.   As I noted in the post from the start, it’s based off a pre-production device, and thus it can change.  Alexander pointed me to the third video which I said I didn’t watch where Mr Gej himself said it would support “DivX, Xvid, and a variation of MPEG-4... and Windows Media.”

Having said that, an "open platform" doesn't always mean that much.  There are several devices on the market today that are "open" and still don't support third party codecs and file formats.  I want to see native support, as I’ve talked about before I don’t believe in using transcoding for everything.  Allowing third parties to include support for other codecs and it happening are often to different things.

And yes, I agree the fact that 100 million devices is hurting Microsoft.  Microsoft should be contributing to that amount with supporting MPEG-4 ASP on the Xbox 360 and all future products (Zune, v2 Extender, etc).  I have been saying this for years.  Again, please read some of my other writings before you assume too much.

And yet again, I don't work for or represent Microsoft.  Feel free to read the clearly labeled "About Me" link off to the side.

(BTW, bobby if you are a masked DivX, Inc employee, I would ask if you would contact me directly and not hide behind a fake a name.  I'd love to chat and let you know what I think of DivX Connected.  If you are not a masked DivX, Inc employee please carry on and read what I have provided you).

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Intel Not Bringing CableCARD/OCAP to the PC

I’m still trying to do catch-up on the news I missed last month while on vacation, so to let everyone know Intel is not working on bring OCAP or CableCARD to PCs.  Several major media outlets reported this last month, and they got it wrong.

What Intel is working on doing is bring OCAP to new SoC-based solutions.  These would be for use in CE devices, not PCs.

ATI is still the only company who is publicly working with CableLabs on bringing new CableCARD related technologies to the PC.  Other manufactures are welcome to work with CableLabs to build their own CableCARD tuners.  ATI only has a monopoly on the market because they are the only ones who went through the hard and expensive work to get them to market.  They have three CableCARD products certified with CableLabs.  The internal OCUR, external OCUR, and the dual OCUR box from Niveus Media.

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DivX Connected: Semi-Good Idea Gone Bad

I can’t believe a company could make a product with worse file format support then v1 Media Center Extenders, but DivX seems to have taken the cake with DivX Connected.

DivX Connected is DivX, Inc’s latest project to move into the living room.  It’s a standalone hardware STB that plays DivX and brings Stage 6 into your living room, and that’s about all it does.

Note: The reviews below are based on a prototype device, which means it could change by the time it ships.

Anyway, according to Gizmodo the box only supports decoding of DivX video and MP3 audio!  No WMV, no Quicktime, no MPEG-4 AVC, no WMA, and no AAC.  What a joke. eHomeUpgrade also has some video content of DivX showing off the device, I watched the first one and pretty much stopped as soon as I saw Gizmodo’s post.

Note to DivX, Inc.  You didn’t reach 100 million devices by only having DivX support in hardware products.  Luckily, third parties and cheap SoC’s were the reason you have shipped 100 million devices, but at this rate don’t expect DivX Connected to give you another 100 million.  You will be lucky to sale 50 of these crap boxes.

I applied to the beta program for DivX Connected a while ago, good thing it appears that I have not been selected.  This product needs a lot of work before it is worth anyone’s time to test.

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Short Bits: Plug-ins!

Big Screen Headlines 2 is Niall’s latest upgrade to the Big Screen plug-in line.  This RSS Browser for Vista Media Center is an MCML plug-in that got a major facelift of v1.  Beta is coming soon and the final product will likely sale for $15-25.

Webisode is an RSS video cast reader that will allow you to download torrents, Video Podcast, etc using your remote.  It supports both Vista Media Center and Media Center 2005 (oh, SageTV too).  Already in download, check out the download here.

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The Media Center Show #120

The Media Center Show #120 | 22nd August 2007 (49mins 02sec) MP3 - 16.9MB (Download Here)

This week Ian Dixon talked with Microsoft MVP and Media Center developer Andrew Cherry about his new application "TV Library" (free beta), an application that expands the TV library functions of Media Center.

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Okoro Media Systems Now Shipping CableCARD Systems

Okoro Media Systems, manufacturer of digital entertainment systems for the high end audio video market, is pleased to announce the availability of CableCARD tuners in our high end Digital Entertainment Systems. Okoro Media Systems will be one of the few dedicated media center manufacturers selling and supporting systems with CableCARD, Blu-ray/HD-DVD formats and units with 4 terabytes of storage.
 
"CableCARD is another part of the solution we want to provide to our customers. So, we are very excited about the integration of  this technology into our Digital Entertainment Systems (DES) and we will soon make it available with our entry level units also. Now, our customers will be able to watch and record their favorite premium TV shows and sporting events in HD" says Christopher Curry VP of Sales and Operations.
 
Current premium and HD content from digital cable is encrypted requiring customers to have a cable box. You can now access this content via CableCARD on an OMS Digital Entertainment System eliminating the need for a digital cable box. For customers that choose not to use a CableCARD, you can watch and record basic cable TV channels, over-the-air HD channels, and digital cable channels that are not encrypted sometimes referred to as "clear QAM". The channels and programming you can access depends on your cable provider, subscription package, and location.
 
The following models are now shipping with CableCARD as an option:
 
OMS-TH540
 
OMS-TH550
 
OMS-BX300
 
OMS-GX100
 
OMS-GX300
 
For more information about these systems please visit http://www.okoromedia.com/

Short Bits: HD DVD, TV Toolbox, HDMI Audio

If you haven’t heard, Paramount has dropped Blu-ray support now opting for HD DVD only.  A great plus for HD DVD, but don’t think for a second that this is all over.  Content is king, and HD DVD needs more support to win.  It does say a lot that Paramount is switching it’s support to HD DVD only, and I think if MGM would do the same then it would speak even more for HD DVD.  Sony does own 20% of MGM though, and Sony will not switch for a long time from Blu-ray only.

There is an update to TV Toolbox out today.  TV Toolbox is the MCML-based application for 10-foot editing and converting of your recordings.  Download it and give it a try.  MCML applications on one of my few reasons to upgrade to Vista Media Center, so be sure to take advantage of them.

Missing Remote has a great write-up of the issues surrounding the poor state of HDMI audio in PCs.  You might not think you should care about HDMI audio support, but to take advance of the new audio formats in HD DVD and/or Blu-ray you need some basic HDMI audio support for it to work.  Else you are using analog outputs, and even then there are some big issues.

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Niveus Pocket Remote Takes Full Control of Media Center

Niveus Media has been updating their Pocket Remote software and added some really cool features in the process.  Among them is the ability to take the PocketPC/Windows Mobile device out-of-the picture and provide the same software application running Windows XP/Vista.  Pocket Remote 2.0 allows you to control your Media Center(s) and even browse for content without having to turn on your display.

You can manage your whole home, and control every Media Center PC from the single UI.  Switching between PCs is simple and bi-directional media feedback is included.

There is a free beta version up for download now, final pricing and licensing has not been set.

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Sony XL1 DVD Changer for $200 on Amazon

Amazon yet again has the Sony XL1B3 DVD/Media Changer for $200 with free shipping.  I have talked about these dozens of times, and I would purchase a few now if I could stream the DVDs to Extenders.  However, it is still a great deal for anyone who wants another one go for it.  Remember, you can daisy chain up to five of these together.

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Dell Launches XPS 410 with CableCARD

I was out of town when Dell launched their first CableCARD PC, so here is a bit of catch-up on Dell’s first entry into the market.

The XPS 410 was chosen as expected, and unlike HP and Sony they actually offer single or dual CableCARD tuners.  Even better, the Digital Cable Tuners will cost you $236 each, which is pretty good.  However, unlike HP it doesn’t include an ATSC tuner in the package (at least, not that I could tell.)  Another first for a top tier OEM is the option to upgrade to Vista Ultimate.

The base specs include a Core 2 Duo E6320, 2GB of RAM, a NVIDIA 8600GT and 250GB hard drive.  And now the interesting bits.  First, it includes a Blu-ray drive with no option for HD DVD or even to leave the Blu-ray drive out for a standard DVD burner.  Second, they want to include a monitor with the PC.  However, at this point that can be hacked by selecting "I will select a 27in wide flat panel monitor from the large display section" and then simply don’t select one.

Using that monitor hack, the final price for a single tuner machine is $1435.  Not too bad at all, but it would be nice to officially be able to exclude the monitor and Blu-ray drive to knock that price down even more.

Anyone tempted by the Dell XPS 410, or are you still looking for something different.

Windows Home Server to Launch August 27

According to Microsoft Support Lifecycle website, Windows Home Server is set to launch on August 27th.  Apparently it has already launched in other part of the world, based on comments on Long Zheng’s istartedsomething.

This does not mean that OEMs will be shipping their hardware offerings, but you should be able to pickup and/or order to OS from various sources around the end of the month.  I'd watch your local Fry's or online at Newegg.

Update: Mary Jo says it will not launch on the 27th and that only tech support to System Builders to start on that date.  According to Mary Jo sources, it will be shipped “late September-early October”.   This goes against other countries, such as New Zealand and Australia who already have copies in stock and ready to ship.  Guess we will see in a few days.

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Alienware Preparing CableCARD Support for Hanger 18

A few months ago I told you that Alienware had plans to add CableCARD to their Hanger 18 offering, which was pretty dull without the option.  Today, CE Pro confirms this but with a twist.  Alienware will only be offering CableCARD through custom installs(CI)/retailers.

I’m slighting confused by this approach when you mix it with the rest of their sales plans.  As I wrote about in June, Alienware is taking a more traditional CE approach to selling the Hanger 18.  They want to market it as a regular CE device like a set-top box (STB), not as a PC.  But, if you are going to limit CableCARD to the CI market is that really an advantage?

I have mixed feelings on this.  It is good from the perspective that if Alienware can pull it off, Media Center gets put it more homes (just like with every other company targeting the CI market today).  Often we forget that the CI market can drive the consumer market, and that’s good for Media Center when you think about more third party software and hardware options.  It can also push big companies like ATI, NVIDIA, etc to put more time and effort into the market.

However, the CE device type of marketing seems to me to be geared toward everyday consumers and not installers.  While I’m sure some CIs appreciate the fact that some of the marketing work to sell a PC as CE is already done, do their clients really care?  For the most part, they are buying for the features.  Most could really care less what is under the hood as long as it works.  I’d be interested if any CIs reading this would mind chipping in on the discussion, because it isn’t a topic I can offer much real world experience on.

Back to the rest of Alienware’s announcement via CE Pro, they will also have an even higher end Media Center with dual CableCARD that will be offered in the future.  Again, this would be geared to the custom installer market.  Up to 4TB of hot swappable storage, Blu-ray, and multi-zone audio are expected to be a part of the unnamed product.

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