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Here is a reason that will keep a Vista Media Center from ever entering my household and it’s got DRM written all over it.
A Vista media center will not let you stream cable video content around your house without using a Media Center Extender (MCX), which at present consists of the Xbox 360, although more third party devices are on there way.
This effectively means you need to buy an MCX device to watch TV around your house and even then it will be controlled by the content owners who will be deciding what you can do with your content.
I also imagine this kicks Slingbox type devices and PMPs out of the arena too so don’t even think about watching TV outside your house.
I’m guessing this is a decision from CableLabs rather than from Microsoft, we already know that TiVo is having trouble getting its multi-room viewing and placeshifting ideas past CableLabs for the Series 3.
I don’t know about you but this whole thing seems backwards, we had multi-room viewing and placeshifting when we had a video tape. You could take that tape upstairs to watch on another TV and you could take that tape to your friend’s house to watch it.
But using more ‘advanced’ PVR technology with a PC means you are suddenly not allowed to do this unless the content owners say so. Maybe I should dust off my old VCR.

via PVRWire


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