Media Center with Vista???

Kayotic1

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I was wondering if anyone knew if windows media center will be on windows vista when the full build is released. I'm asking because I'd really like to be able to stream media from my computer to my 360 and was thinking of upgrading to MCE 2005, but that wouldn't make sense since vista will be avaliable sometime later in the year.
 

Crizza

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Yes, there will be 3 or 4 flavors of Vista that will have Media Center functionality
 

stash

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You guys forgot the best part of Media Center in Vista...CableCard support. You'll be able to get full digital cable, including premium channels and HDTV into Media Center without a box from the cable company.

Right now, the only support for HDTV is OTA with an ATSC tuner.
 

Matthias99

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Originally posted by: STaSh
You guys forgot the best part of Media Center in Vista...CableCard support. You'll be able to get full digital cable, including premium channels and HDTV into Media Center without a box from the cable company.

Yes, but it's unclear what the DRM will be like, and you still won't be able to record things that are flagged to prevent recording (like PPV events or most movies shown in HD).

Right now, the only support for HDTV is OTA with an ATSC tuner.

Or using a QAM tuner for unencrypted channels over digital cable/satellite.

 

spyordie007

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Originally posted by: Matthias99
Originally posted by: STaSh
You guys forgot the best part of Media Center in Vista...CableCard support. You'll be able to get full digital cable, including premium channels and HDTV into Media Center without a box from the cable company.

Yes, but it's unclear what the DRM will be like, and you still won't be able to record things that are flagged to prevent recording (like PPV events or most movies shown in HD).
DRM wont be any differant than it is on non-Windows devices that want to support premium/HD content.

 

wexsmith

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In fact, most of the DRM restrictions are put in place by either the cable company or the broadcast station. I would venture to guess that M$ has no interest in meddling with the DRM already set in place.

Vista being able to disable certain media functions when using non-approved 3rd party software is what gets me. It's no reason to be afraid of Vista though.
 

bearxor

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Isn't Media Center supposed to be a part of the Vista package. Not a seperate edition like it is currently.
 

stash

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Yes, as mentioned above, certain SKUs of Vista will include Media Center functionality. Media Center will not be a separate SKU like it is today.