Support for DVB-T (mpeg-4 h.264) and DVB-S2 coming for Media Cente

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Goli4th, Mar 27, 2007.

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    Goli4th Guest

    Hi!
    I'm from Norway, and my country is building DVB-T in Mpeg-4. Will Media
    Center soon support this and DVB-S2? MCE2005 or/and Vista Media Center? I
    prefer MCE2005.
     
    Goli4th, Mar 27, 2007
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    Gary Tsang Guest

    At this time, neither MCE2005/Vista Media Center support it.

    It's something that Microsoft knows about and is hoping to add in a future
    Media Center revision. They have even done presentations to that effect so
    it is on their radar at the very least.

    See here for more information.

    Preparing For TV Beyond Windows Vista
    http://jtsang.blogspot.com/2006/06/preparing-for-tv-beyond-windows-vista.html

    --
    Gary Tsang
    http://www.gtsang.com

    Microsoft MVP - Windows Media Center
    http://www.microsoft.com/mvp
     
    Gary Tsang, Mar 28, 2007
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    Jason Tsang Guest

    Jason Tsang, Mar 28, 2007
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  4. Alas no, it seems we still have a looooooong wait before Microsoft will get
    round to adding MPEG4 H.264, and an even looooooooooooonger wait before
    DVB-S2 (they have not even done DVB-S yet).

    Supposedly the next Media Center update is going by the code name "Fiji" and
    will add :-

    DVB subtitles (closed captions in US speak)
    DVB teletext
    MHEG5 (for the "Red Button" interactive services used on DVB in the UK and
    possibly elsewhere)

    This (Fiji) update is very unlikely to add

    DVB-S (satellite)
    DVB-C (cable)
    DVB-S2 (HDTV via satellite)
    MPEG4 H.264 (for HDTV in Europe over DVB-T or DVB-S2)
    CAM support for subscription TV via DVB-T, DVB-S, DVB-C, DVB-S2

    Microsoft are muttering that some/most of these will eventually arrive.

    Also remember ludicrously we still don't even get access to MSN Remote
    Record!!

    Note: the chances of any of these updates coming for MCE 2005 are zero,
    Microsoft want to gouge more money from you after all. (Here in the UK Vista
    costs double the US price.) It (Fiji) should be a free upgrade to Vista but
    the one after that might be part of the successor to Vista (code name
    Vienna) which will of course be chargeable.
     
    John Lockwood, Mar 28, 2007
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  5. Charlie Owen initially revealed that the next Media Center version is
    supposed to be code-named Fiji and gave some details, but Microsoft then
    insisted he remove this from his blog.

    Have a look at http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=337

    With regards to what might be in Fiji, to some extent your guess is as good
    as mine, but I also used as a source an interview between Ian Dixon of the
    Media Center podcast and Rathe Hollingum of Microsoft's European Development
    Center.

    You can listen to this podcast here
    http://thedigitallifestyle.com/cs/blogs/podcast/archive/2007/02/14/the-media
    -center-show-95-rathe-hollingum-microsoft-european-development-center.aspx

    While Rathe implied adding MPEG4 H.264 would be easy, nothing he said led me
    to believe it was going to happen soon or had even been begun.
     
    John Lockwood, Mar 30, 2007
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