Microsoft finally confirm Fiji - and its bad, real bad.

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by John Lockwood, Aug 11, 2008.

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    Microsoft have finally pulled their head out of the sand (or part of their
    anatomy) and commented officially on "Fiji" the long, looooong awaited
    update to Media Center in Vista.

    As expected it improves the current pitiful support for international TV
    standards by (amongst others) adding support for 'free to air' DVB-S, and
    MHEG-5 interactive services (aka. The Red Button). I presume it now also
    supports DVB subtitles.

    Now for the bad news.

    Not too unexpected, there is still no official mechanism for accessing
    subscription TV (for DVB-C, DVB-S, or even DVB-T). - Bummer.

    There appears to be no support for DVB-S2. Hello Microsoft - in case you did
    not notice this is the 21st Century. Already Fiji is obsolete and it is not
    even shipping yet!

    There is incredibly no H.264 support!!!! Not only does this completely
    prevent viewing of any HDTV (even free channels) in Europe, but some
    countries use nothing _but_ H.264, e.g. Norway and New Zealand. So those
    countries will still not be able to use Microsoft Media Center at all. My
    ghast is well and truly flabbered.

    And the really bad news is that there appears to be no obvious way for
    existing customers to upgrade to Fiji. Great going guys, what a way to piss
    off your loyal Media Center users.

    I have been waiting for over a year for Fiji to see if it was finally going
    to make the pain of switching to Vista worthwhile. Without H.264 support I
    would have to say it still looks a waste of time and money.

    ....any one know what the next update is codenamed? Maybe Microsoft will be
    able to screw up that (less).
    John Lockwood, Aug 11, 2008
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    Heints Guest

    Why is MS keeping H.264 support away form MCE???
    Turning a creat product to just another useless box.

    I think they could add some seriuous Windows Vista Home Premium sales
    numbers with this feature in EU.

    Heints, Sep 24, 2008
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  3. MCE is really a poor product. BeyondTV kicks it's ass many times over. You
    install it and have it up and running in 20 minutes. It found all 4 tuners
    and set them up properly. OTA, Sat, HD, Analog, take your choice. You can
    record in MPEG instead of a worthless proprietary format and Oh and it has
    H.264 support.

    This is on XP of course, Vista got thrown in the corner where it belongs.
    Ùpyøurbuttøø, Sep 24, 2008
  4. According to BeyondTV
    does not support DVB tv standards making it even worse than Microsoft Media

    It also looks heavily US biased, other than the afore mentioned lack of DVB
    support, I would worry about the quality of TV guide data for Europe. This
    is (when it works) something Microsoft do very well.

    Finally, all the competitors to Microsoft Media Center look like they have
    been beaten with the ugly stick, again something Microsoft have done a good
    job with. What a shame Microsoft then have to cripple their product feature
    John Lockwood, Sep 24, 2008
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