Media Center to Support Four CableCARDs Tuners (Sort of); v2 Extenders on the Way
CE Pro has the scoop, Media
Center will soon support four CableCARD tuners! Only problem? “Media Centers with four CableCARD
tuners will be available only through custom installers” according to Scott
Evans, Microsoft PM for eHome devices.
The first two to demo this are Niveus Media and Exceptional
Innovation this week at CEDIA. Great
news, and in fact a much needed feature as time goes on. I’ve talked about this before at The Green
Button, but I don’t think I’ve touched on it as much here. Now with support for four CableCARD tuners,
Media Center is again aligning itself to take over your home assuming you want
to have everything done by a custom installer.
I think it is ridiculous to limit this to custom installers;
there should be little reason why it should not be offered as an option to end
users. The majority of buyers will
likely go through installers, but limiting it to them is just stupid. Instead of hitting both sides of the market,
you are limiting it to one half? Someone didn't think this through. Tons of families have four Cable or Satellite set-top boxes in their homes, and this just limits all of them from upgrading to Vista with CableCARD. Limiting this to CIs is just limiting Media Center from being in more peoples homes. Bad choice, yet again Microsoft.
In addition, v2 Extenders (Pika) are being sort-of shown at CEDIA. No partners names given yet, but I’d expect
the usual suspects (Linksys, etc) to be planning them for the next few
months. They support HD and all that
good stuff that we have been waiting for.