Originally Posted by CSMR
CD-IN, that's been obsolete for a long long time.
IMO Microsoft should push the market more than it does to get rid of legacy hardware and move to new standards... CD audio headers, serial headers, parallel headers, vga, bios, all linger on while Apple is able to move forward more nimbly.
When it comes to secure channels, Vista has a lot of new technology there, content protection schemes, secure pathways.
Yes it's an inconvenience for you because you have a system that works, but technology has to move forwards.
When you see a response like this, it is obvious you are hearing from someone who works Public Relations on forums like this and does not in any way represent the point of view of the User.
CD-IN and Composite Audio/Video are still critically important signals which must continue to be received by the Microsoft/Intel PC, for the reasons such as TV input which I have already detailed.
I do not see how the PC industry can move forward faster by removing existing and critically important functionality.
The bottom line is that the Cable companies will continue to pump analog NTSC signals through the cable for years, along with the newer digital ATSC signals (which are encrypted and require the Cable Set Top Box or CableCard/OCUR external USB device to watch). That means that the analog tuner within the PC TV Tuner card can easily tune to these analog NTSC signals through user PC keyboard input or PC TV Tuner card software scheduler.
The PC TV Tuner card can tune to these signals directly with the raw Coax cable directly from the wall inlet. The same PC TV Tuner card can also receive the decrypted Cable Set Top Box which the user has used the Cable Set Top Box Remote to select (a much more difficult and tedious operation which cannot be controlled from the PC keyboard or PC software scheduler).
The Dvico card for instance allows the user to select in the Scheduler NTSC channels 2,3,4...125, or Composite, interchangeably.
It is a weird realization, but after now trying the competition PC Tuner software from Hauppauge, Avermedia and Asus (Arcsoft), it is clear that the Dvico is by far the best user interface.
And there are serious problems which remain with the Dvico software user interface.
However, if anything the TV Tuner software industry as a whole is declining, not improving.
It is completely unacceptable to take away working functionality and it should be considered outright Theft and Fraud to steal people's money who are buying the PC on the assumption that certain functionality is in the product when in fact the functionality has been secretly removed from the product.
Has Microsoft/AMI made any public statement about this removal of critical PC Hardware Audio Input functionality ?
Some prosecutors call this commercial conduct Bait and Switch...