Originally Posted by t-c
Ganesh, you are telling people to ditch WMC when there is no alternative for Premium Cable. You don't even test TV functions. I don't get that.
Its like you don't acknowledge that people have Premium CATV subscriptions and watch their favorite Premium channels on their WMC HTPC.
Originally Posted by t-c
Care to explain Ganesh?
t-c, you have got to relax. Bumping up your request for a response when I haven't even posted anything inbetween those two to suggest I am ignoring your post doesn't seem to be the actions of one interested in a exchange of ideas (and, btw, no one wants to be looking at forum threads 24x7)
People can use CableCard and WMC and I am not suggesting that people shouldn't. Instead, I was suggesting that people should move on because what happened in the UK may happen in the US too. See comment on my piece, quoted verbatim below, from a UK reader:
ive recently upgraded my htpc .hfx classic case fanless silverstone psu already had. same processor as in this article but with asus p8z77-m and 8 gig samsung green ram .all works extremely well scary quiet.but the tv card i want blackgold 3600 is out of stock at the moment.while browsing the blackgold website it seems there is a problem starting this year with the epg not working in windows media center.turns out microsoft have not renewed the license for the epg .i dont know if they have plans to renew but it seems in europe at least were stuffed .microsoft will phase out wmc or at least no longer develop it . just something to think about shame really because that was the best part of wmc.heres the link http://shop.blackgold.tv/Support
. this is only for terrestrial tv i think dont know about satellite
Note that CableCard is US-only. Windows has a market beyond the US. Don't be surprised or caught unawares if you end up with WMC not working with EPG etc. in a few years time. CableCard is clearly running on borrowed time ( http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/17/a-cablecard-replacement-is-due-by-december-2012-bandaids-by-thi/
) and TiVo (one of the primary reasons why CableCard is still available) is running more like a licensing company nowadays instead of innovating for consumers.
For almost all readers outside the US, and for many within the US, the WMC + CableCard combo is becoming irrelevant. OTA and DVB-T tunersand gadgets such as HDHomeRun provide support for multiple DVR applications other than WMC (MythTV , MediaPorta etc.). The only reason people need to be wedded to WMC is CableCard, and in all other cases, there are other applications for watching live TV / DVR-ing content. A lot of premium CATV content is becoming available on Netflix, Hulu and other online platforms.
The way content is being consumed is changing and my note was just to make sure people are aware of it and don't rely on WMC in the long run. I could go on about Microsoft wanting to shift premium content over to the closed XBox ecosystem instead of the PC platform (to keep the cable companies happy) but that would entail a bigger post.
In concluding, for a PC to be considered a HTPC, it must decode all codecs, have configurable rendering options and operate in a power efficient manner under all the expected user workloads. Anything extra (in terms of DVR capabilities or TV tuner support) is icing on the HTPC cake. From a review viewpoint, I aim to cater to the base options relevant over multiple geographies (NA / EU / APAC).