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Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO

HTPC

I would like to see a device that can be installed into a Home Theater PC to work with the DVR functionality.


openbox9
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join:2004-01-26
japan
kudos:2

I seriously doubt that you'll see a good solution for that any time soon. The content producers will attempt to block that at every turn.



rv65
Premium
join:2008-08-02
USA!!!!
kudos:1
reply to Skippy25

There are standards for tru2way on PC but it will require new tuners and hardware. You can't build your own HTPC with digital cable since it has to be certified. New chipsets and CPU's may be tru2way certified. Will require new tuners though. It might intially be OEM's only that offer tru2way PC. MCUR and BOCUR will happen probably next year. You will need Windows Vista or Windows 7 when it comes out.



rv65
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join:2008-08-02
USA!!!!
kudos:1
reply to openbox9

openbox9,

All Vista Cable Card PC's use DRM on all their content. This was to appease the content providers. So the new multi stream PC's will likely have that type of DRM.


openbox9
Premium
join:2004-01-26
japan
kudos:2

Yeah, but it's Vista, and I've read several pieces regarding the challenges/pains of using Vista MC....most probably due to the heavy handed DRM.



PGHammer

join:2003-06-09
Accokeek, MD

said by openbox9:

Yeah, but it's Vista, and I've read several pieces regarding the challenges/pains of using Vista MC....most probably due to the heavy handed DRM.
Then you're reading FUD.

I came to the Vista Media Center from that of Windows XP MCE (which Vista MC is based on) and found it not only no harder to use, but actually much easier to use, than XPMCE's WMC. Also, unlike the wide variety of third-party media-center-type applications (especially BeyondTV 4, the only one that supports the built-in TV tuners in the older ATI All-In-Wonder line in Vista), it mostly *just plain works* with devices that have drivers available. Most of the complaints about *DRM* are really about the issues involved with hacking in features (ala Linux) that aren't normally supported by specific combinations of hardware and software (never minding that the success of the hack is almost always entirely due to what software is on an individual computer). Nowhere is this more true than in terms of hacks involving the HDTV Wonder from ATI, an OTA-primarily TV/HDTV tuner card (there have been tales of hacking this card to support 256QAM; however, I actually suspect that most fall into the category of *urban legend*).