It figures that Microsoft would finally give DIY Windows Media Center users the ability to add a Digital Cable Tuner
with CableCARD to their PC and now the devices are no where to be found. Since these devices were never actually available to the public, they've always been a little hard to come by, but we have seen 'em for sale from Dell as well as from Cannon PC
and even on Sony's site
. This entire situation only makes us even more sure that ATI's days in the Digital Cable Tuner business are numbered
. What we mean is that there is no doubt that ATI knew this was coming to Windows 7 long before we did, so any company who actually wanted to sell something would have actually had them available at retail by now. One thing is for sure, there is a pent up demand for CableCARD tuners in the Media Center community and a more affordable, more available, option can't get here soon enough. While we wait for the 1st quarter of 2010 to come,
you can pay through the nose for one on eBay in the meantime.