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Dish working on HTPC cards

by Brad Linder, posted Feb 4th 2007 12:07PM
Dish NetworkSure, Microsoft's built CableCard compatibility into Windows Vista, but what have they done for Satellite television customers lately? Well, apparently, Microsoft is working with both DirecTV and Dish Network on cards that would allow home theater PC users to receive satellite signals directly through their computer.

Microsoft and DirecTV first announced they were working on HTPC cards over a year ago, but the first news that Dish Network was involved in similar talks came out of CES this January.

The holy grail, of course, is a PC that can handle everything from digital cable with video on demand features to satellite broadcasts, with some over-the-air HDTV thrown in for good measure. In fact, when I set up my home PVR a few years ago, I actually opted for analog cable, because I didn't want to have to deal with running IR blasters from the PC to the set top cable box. While CableCard support should eliminate that clunky solution, satellite customers are out of luck until these new HTPC cards are eventually released.

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The point of using an IR blaster has nothing to do with "laziness". It's to have the HTPC change the channels on the set top box for scheduled recordings, and for Tivo-like function while watching TV on an HTPC. A set top box won't magically change channels by itself, so the PC needs a connection to it that will.

The idea of a direct connection to the PC means the PC can receive the signal and change channels without a clunky IR interface to control a set top box.

February 14 2007 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hmm "running IR blasters from the PC to the set top cable box" that sound like your just to lazy, But then againe cable box do have one major problem when the power gose out or if the box lockup and auto reboots it self it dosen't turn it self backon unlike satellite Box.
Satellite will most likely not be able to handel video on demand.
Satellite customers are not out of luck it just not in USA as DirecTV or Dish Network but other part of world all ready have it which has been a round for over 3+ years in but it only thoses European Channel
and USA can get thoses channel with rigth hardware and if you live on far east coast in USA/Canda in order to pick up thoses european satellite.

February 05 2007 at 8:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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