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Vista HD CableCARD support only on pre-configured media machines.
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Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 02 August 2006 09:17
Windows Vista Will Not Support CableCARD Add-in Upgrades
Tuan Nguyen (Blog) - August 2, 2006 11:20 AM

Those who want CableCARD support will have to ugprade to Vista Media Center PCs

Microsoft is touting Windows Vista as the definitive next-generation operating system with multimedia capabilities not found in any other system currently available. One of the most talked about features is Windows Vista's support for high definition content, of which is made up of two distinct parts: HDCP and HD CableCARD support. While the former is going to be a mandatory feature requirement for Windows Vista to support high definition video playback, HD CableCARD support is currently a miss and match game right now. Here's why.

Currently, Microsoft documents that Windows Vista will support HD CableCARD but only in the form of pre-built, pre-configured media machines. This means that machines designed to be Windows Vista Media Center PCs will be the only ones that support HD CableCARD content. Customers will not be able to simply go out to their favorite computer store and pick up a HD CableCARD add-in card.

According to reports, this means that ATI's highly anticipated OCUR (Open Cable Uni-directional Receiver) will only be available pre-installed into Windows Vista Media Center PCs. Microsoft previously stated that ATI's OCUR will be supported in Windows Vista. In fact, Microsoft said that Windows Vista will be capable of supporting up to four tuners. ATI's OCUR was originally slated to arrive sometime later this year, but with Windows Vista's delay, it will likely make an appearance inside PCs next year. OCUR is the first true CableCARD tuner for PCs.

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