Originally Posted by zigner
Is anyone concerned about the longer term viability of the Q and extenders in light of the recent Microsoft announcement that Windows Media Center will only be available on the Professional Version of Windows 8, and even then for a extra charge? The Q seems to be based on Windows 7 WMC. If MS drops support for WMC in Win 7 (let's say in a couple of years) and or stops updating the TV listings (which I assume are maintained or paid for by MS) those would be significant issues to the longer term use of the Q.
It is clear to me that WMC has no long term future in MS. They are killing it by charging separately for it in a version that most consumers won't be owning.
I think Microsoft is making a huge mistake by not aggressively re-marketing Windows Media Center, especially with the likes of AppleTV gaining rapid popularity.
Where Microsoft failed with WMC over the years (e.g. Windows XP Media Center Edition) was that WMC and HTPC's in itself were immature concepts that proved to be too much of a hassle for the lay user to fiddle with. Heck, aside from AVSForum visitors, many people today still find the concept to be a hassle. Example:
Think of all the different codecs that are floating around, and how switching codecs may "paralyze" your Win7, forcing a reinstall.The difference today
is that access to high-end home theater equipment has become very affordable and very ubiquitous. Not to mention, the hardware has also become so technologically awestriking that many people, like myself, would rather stay home with my large screen HDTV + Surround Sound than go to the movie theater.
WMC in Win7 has become much more mature; with some time, effort & patience, WMC serves as a great companion software to accompany any HTPC build. Ceton is essentially taking that guesswork out with the "Q."
If Microsoft were to give Windows Media Center a well-deserved marketing push (a la the way it has revitalized interest in Internet Explorer and Windows Phone), it can lead the pack against AppleTV, GoogleTV, etc. Too bad Microsoft's decision-makers have gotten very tired over the years. It's no wonder that they're perceived
, not as industry innovators/leaders, but rather as industry followers.