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.