AMD Live! is AMD's Answer to Intel's Viiv for MCE
Great, just when you thought you understood Intel's Viiv platform for Media Center Edition, along comes Live! from rival AMD.
AMD Live! is a far cry from Viiv, except of course for the rhyming thing.
Both platforms profess to enhance the experience of Media Center Edition. Both have been criticized (not by me) for doing little but enhancing the visibility of MCE in the marketplace, which isn't so bad.
Here are some key differences:
Intel sells processors, chipsets and network adapters, and therefore builds Viiv around those products. AMD just sells processors, so PC makers can use anyone else's hardware, allowing, possibly, for more design flexibility.
Viiv offers content (like interactive HD content during the Olympics) that is available only through Viiv-enabled PCs, and tests other services to ensure that they perform well with Viiv. AMD is giving away its services to any PC user who wants them. Of course, these "services" are applications like Orb and Network Magic that are available free of charge to anyone anyway.
Intel has created some proprietary utilities to enhance MCE, including Quick Resume (aka instant-on), which coincidentally was developed by Microsoft at exactly the same time. AMD is bringing none of its own software to the party, claiming it complicates the MCE experience.http://www.cepro.com/asset/3834
But really they're not so different. On the left we have our couple enjoying Viiv, on the right AMD Live! See, everyone is happy!
For more information, we have a lengthy story here:
The Inside Scoop on AMD Live! and How it Compares to Viiv