The Daily Button – December 17, 2007
Earlier last week I complained about how 2007 was a bust in the Media Center world and 2008 continues to be the same. Here are a few of my predictions of things that will and will not happen.
Will – Microsoft releases a WHS version of MCE and Softsled’esque support for client PCs. I think it make sense and Microsoft seems to be making an attempt at integrating their services.
Will Not – Xbox Live and all its goodness will not make it to the Windows platform. No renting movies no nothing. VMC will be stuck in crappy streaming media purgatory.
Will Not – Satellite tuner cards? I doubt it, but I would like to be proved wrong.
Will Not – CableCards for the DIY
Will – Cheaper CableCard ready PCs. Dell started the trend. By years end we should see it on sub $700 PC’s.
Will Not – End to the format war. 2008 will not be the end but a clear winner should be in sight.
Will – Proper CODEC support in MCE and extenders. Its coming!
Will – QAM tuning in VMC – Is it coming? I hope so..
Will – With all OSes supported and their HD extender out. Sage will turn to UI refinement and enhancing their media center capabilities.
Will – MissingRemote.com will be THE go to place for the HTPC enthusiast.
Will – MissingRemote.com will have a handfull of A/V reviews next year. This one is really a reach :).
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