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Microsoft Believes TV and Media Centers will change drastically (MCE8)


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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   mattCR

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Posted July 21 2010 - 01:10 PM

Some interesting thoughts here...


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#2 of 5 OFFLINE   mattCR

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Posted July 21 2010 - 01:18 PM

So some notes on what this means:


1.  Microsoft believes next generation codec management, including multi-core handling of them is coming.  They highlight AVC/VC1, H264, etc. and highlight more direct format support; which means most likely a direct embed support for Bluray in Windows8, with base decoder technologies, including talk of 3D technology support.


2.  They believe the TV Tuner market is dying.  Not that they won't support it.  CableCard is an option, but they also think IP-TV is fast coming, as well as direct-to-end user IP subscription services.  Microsoft would love to be on the ground floor of that one; they could instantly bundle and sell you options (say, HBO) through an IP based subscription service supplanting whatever else you have.  This would completely change everything we think about TV subscription services, meaning true "ala carte"


3.  Direct to end user specific content allowances is something they imagine.  Just like "Hulu Plus"  Services where the end user can pay say, $20 a year to watch "True Blood" and "Dexter" without subscribing to the network via an online direct payment method.  Could this happen?  Interesting.




I'll try out the Asrock Friday, and it appears if all I'm being told is true, I will have my Ceton CableCard solution Tuesday!  That's going to be a good little test!


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Posted July 21 2010 - 02:50 PM

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the differentiation between enthusiasts and humans!!!!


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Posted July 21 2010 - 04:47 PM

Yeah, that admittedly was a great choice of words.    :)


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Posted July 21 2010 - 04:54 PM

Do they consider MAC users sub-human?


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