Planning to upgrade your
current Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition PC and
take advantage of the new CableCARD 2.0
standard later this year? You probably want to change those plans thanks to CableLabs, as CableCARD 2.0 will only
be supported on Vista platforms based on hardware systems that are certified by CableLabs. While CableCARD 2.0 support
is a general step forward, we're also taking a step back since this could effectively shut out any home-built WMCE machines like ours. We're now reliant
upon the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM's), which costs time and money, something that not every OEM has the
Our take is that we'll initially see CableCARD 2.0 Vista systems from a small handful of OEM's out of the gate (HP, Dell, and Sony come to mind), which will limit choices and configurations. While we understand the need for certifications and standards, perhaps a better approach would be a list of approved system requirements from CableLabs so the do-it-yourselfers have an option.