I've been trying the English Trial for about a week now and am hesitant to go ahead and pull the trigger on purchasing this. When I first heard of this product, I was excited to know that it would "integrate" with Vista MCE. But here are some of the issues I have and maybe someone can chime in and let me know if there are any fixes;
1.) Audio needs a lot of work. I've tried both analog and digital using a bGears bEnspirer Card and get mixed results. As most of you know there is an issue with the Center Channel and Right Front Speaker switching places. In a viewing room like mine this is very unacceptable. I have a pretty large room so speaker placement is far apart and Surround Sound is very noticeable. My best results was 2 Channel Audio and letting my card process the Audio using Dolby Digital Live, but that creates dialog being sent out on all three Front Speakers
2.) A big let down for me is no "VCR" control with my remote. I use a Harmony 1000. When ever I use TMT the only control I have with my Remote is 4way directional. Even the back button doesn't work to go back to MCE. This is very dissapointing in that the advertisement for this is
"The program comes with a Windows Media Center Edition plug-in built right in! The plug-in provides a "10 foot" user experience: big buttons and compatibility with your remote control
mean you can use TotalMedia Theatre to watch your HD DVD and Blu-ray movies from the comfort of your couch. "
If I have to go back to using my keyboard and mouse, then it's not a "10 foot" experience.
3.) Finally I'm mostly a "red" guy but have conceded defeat and bout to start buying "blu". However, nowhere does Arcsoft mention that this product supports BD+, and even though it's not much of a concer now, it will be in the future and probably sooner than most think once Fox Studios starts churning out more releases.
If anyone has any tips for corrections to these issues please chime in and let me know. In the meantime I'll still contemplate whether or not to purchase.
Btw, on a positive note, I was impressed with the Video Quality and being able to play on both Digital and VGA Screens.