Microsoft® declares initiatives to enhance digital cable experience
Microsoft on September 9 discussed key Windows Media Center features for Windows 7 and declared a host of initiatives that improve the digital cable experience in WMC.
At CEDIA EXPO 2009, the firm said that the inclusion of native support for additional international broadcast TV standards, including QAM and ATSC, will now provide support for switched digital video. With SDV, end customers can add a digital cable tuner with CableCARD to their PC, while existing digital cable tuner with CableCARD customers can enjoy more portability for digital cable TV that is marked as "copy freely" (CF).
Meanwhile, Microsoft and the Media Center Integrator Alliance declared the winner of the 2009 Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Contest,
demonstrating several ways Windows Media Center can be operated in a whole-home solution.
Microsoft now supports SDV in Windows Media Center for Windows 7 in response to customer requests and cable providers' deployment of SDV.
WMC and a digital cable tuner with CableCARD will be able to tune to SDV channels in conjunction with a device called a tuning adapter, supplied by a customer's cable provider.
Therefore, you can enjoy SDV broadcasts on PCs running WMC in Windows 7 and a digital cable tuner with CableCARD.
Meanwhile, Microsoft and CableLabs declared that customers will now be able to provide digital cable tuners with CableCARD to a Windows 7-based PC with Windows Media Center. Microsoft will offer a new tool that assesses the PC's ability to support the solution. The tool will look into the customer's PC and enable digital cable support if the system meets requirements, opening digital cable options to WMC customers across the US.
The company also said that it has raised the number of TV tuners with Windows 7 that can be connected to the computer from two to four per tuner type. This will enable customers to simultaneously record or watch as many as four digital cable TV channels.