CableCARD

We know they've been long and hard at work getting it, and now Microsoft's finally got the missing link to their Media Center platform strategy: CableCARD support. This means, of course, that no longer will Media Center users (or Vista users, as it were) be subject to the whim and fancy of cable operators and their boxes, but will be able to get true, integrated high definition cable television support straight to the PC. There is a caveat, however. Microsoft is only penned to get one-way CableCARD support (v1.0), meaning Pay-Per-View, on-demand programming, advanced EPG, and the like (v2.0) are out of the question.

[Thanks, Dave]