Microsoft to reveal new Windows TV boxes at CES 2011

Is this the year? A major break through in which Microsot throws its massive weight behind the Media Center Platform? Cross your toes and tighten your sphincter and let us see what happens. Is this another extender that is dead in the water? Time will tell.



It’s thought that Microsoft will not manufacture any Windows TV devices themselves, with the company understood to have instead opted to offering the operating system to third-party manufacturers although this remains unclear at this stage. It’s also not clear if or how much the company will be charging for licensing fees for the use of their software but if the software giant wants to compete with the likes of Google TV — which can be licensed for free adding little in the way of extra overheads for manufacturers — for pricing, they won’t be charging much.


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  • I wonder if this is related

    I wonder if this is related to the XBOX 360 being able to be an extender for UVERSE systems. That would be awesome if I could use my 3 360s with either 1 headend Uverse box or maybe this will be built into Windows 8. Thursday can’t come soon enough. 

    • PAPutzback wrote:I wonder if

      [quote=PAPutzback]

      I wonder if this is related to the XBOX 360 being able to be an extender for UVERSE systems. That would be awesome if I could use my 3 360s with either 1 headend Uverse box or maybe this will be built into Windows 8. Thursday can’t come soon enough. 

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      It’s not. Mikinho mentioned over at TGB, this is related to the Windows 7 Embedded OEM offering. Still positive news, but not exactly earth shattering.

  • any news about media center

    any news about media center is a good for us.  The more $$ MS makes on MCE the better the support and development media center gets

    • By that logic they must have

      By that logic they must have not made any money with MCE the last 5 years.

  • well, considering they give

    well, considering they give it away thats probably true.

    • I don’t know if I would have

      I don’t know if I would have upgraded my HTPC to Windows 7 if they had dropped MCE. But I do know that us MCE users are a small market. Take a look at the CETON tuner status list at TGB, it is not quite tens of thousands or even thousands of people jumping on that. 

      • To be fair, the Ceton only

        To be fair, the Ceton only just came out.  I don’t think that’s an accurate indicator.