Media Center

Kind of bizarre that it's taken them so long given that UltimateTV, their first failed stab at the digital video recorder market, already had this feature years ago, but Microsoft is finally getting around to adding support for multiple TV tuners (which means no more terrible agony over which show to record) to the 2005 version of Windows XP Media Center Edition which they'll be announcing next week. The Media Center OS will finally be capable of recording HDTV, but only over the air broadcasts—there won't be support for recording satellite or cable HDTV (and there are a bunch of complicated reasons why that's the case), at least not this time around.

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