Microsoft's Interactive Online Streaming Dilemma
Microsoft’s partners seem to be having a hard time finding success
in Media Center with interactive streaming plug-ins available through the ‘Explore’
(Online Spotlight) section of Media Center.
Several partners have seemingly dropped support for Media Center
notice over the past year and with the lack of a worldwide presence for
the applications you have to wonder about the future of Media Center as
a streaming platform.
MTV Networks pulled their applications for MTV, MTVU, VH1,
and Comedy Central months ago with no reason as to why. Just last month the Queensberry
Fight Network launched a Media Center application, yet today it is nowhere
to be found. And finally with the downfall
of Yahoo! and AOL web properties, Microsoft is having a hard time keeping third
party content available within Media Center.
So my question is, with Microsoft clearly targeting
streaming as the future (and present) of the digital home, is it hurting the
Media Center platform and Microsoft’s long term goal for streaming dominance to
have all these companies come and go with such limited success?