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Microsoft and Hauppauge First to Bring Freeview-Certified PC Solution to U.K. Viewers

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    Dovella

    Windows Media Center meets requirements for Freeview certification to deliver enhanced TV content to the PC.

    READING, U.K. — Sept. 10, 2008 — Microsoft Corp., working with tuner manufacturer Hauppauge Computer Works Inc., today announced the launch of the first Freeview-certified, PC-based TV solution. With Windows Media Center, found on all PCs running Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate, and Windows Media Center TV Pack, Microsoft will now be able to offer U.K. consumers best-in-class interactive and enhanced TV paired with some of the best personal video recorder (PVR) features available on the market today.

    Freeview support is one of the major Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) enhancements of the Windows Media Center TV Pack, an update released to OEMs worldwide on July 16, 2008, with targeted optimizations for TV standards in Europe. Other enhancements of this update include support for Digital Video Broadcasting-Satellite (DVB-S), improved guide and playback experience, great PVR auto-extend support, and the flexibility of support for multiple TV standards.

    “The launch of our Freeview-enabled solution is a great addition to Windows Media Center, allowing us to reach more users and add real value to TV consumers and broadcasters,” said John Curran, director, Windows Client Group, Microsoft UK. “We are dedicated to improving Windows Media Center for customers worldwide, and this addition of Freeview as a platform and brand will offer a real benefit to our partners and consumers. We see this as a critical step to building awareness and setting a standard for great TV experiences on the PC.”


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    Pace

    cool, no more tv license......

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    blowdart

    Pace said:
    cool, no more tv license......
    Umm why? Freeview is over the air; it still requires a license.

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    Dr Herbie

    blowdart said:
    Pace said:
    *snip*
    Umm why? Freeview is over the air; it still requires a license.
    Slightly confused by this one -- I've had a Hauppage card in my box running Freeview services in Media Centre for the last 18 months ... why is this news? Is it just the certification, or do they mean it's FreeSat compatible?

    Herbie


    EDIT:  Looks like it's just the cerfitication -- they can now put a Freeview sticker on the box ... yay for stickers.

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    ManipUni

    Pace said:
    cool, no more tv license......

    Go directly to jail, do not pass Go, do not collect £200.

    I believe the current thing with TV Licenses is "If it can pick up broadcast or prerecorded TV then you need the license." Plus they're working on making it a "broadband & TV license" in a few years (because now the BBC offers limited programming online they're entitled to money from companies too!).

    PS - Haven't Freeview PCI/PIC-E cards been around well over a year? First one? Huh?

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    Ray7

    Pace said:
    cool, no more tv license......
    The license is for receiving the broadcast, not for ownership of the equipment.

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    jh71283

    Ray7 said:
    Pace said:
    *snip*
    The license is for receiving the broadcast, not for ownership of the equipment.

    I suffered Media center for over a year before giving up...


    The Guide data was abysmal (I was using it to view Sky)... when a channel changed numbers, the guide was at least a few weeks behind with the change.

    New channels were often never added to the guide

    and dozens of channels were just listed as "No information Available"


    I did submit my concerns to MS, as the guide data is from a third party, and it was completely ruining the media center experience.


    In the end I gave up and got Sky plus instead, and have not looked back.

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