7:21PM No more OEM CableCARD requirement for Media center!
7:30pm Kevin Collins takes the stage and gives some back ground on himself, including the fact that he has 13 tuners and 6 extenders at his house, must be nice. It is the center of his home system.
7:32PM Now Kevin is going through all the ways that these new features will benefit integrators and customers, like the fact that there is less DRM. He's also talking about AP2.0 that allows integrators to go beyond the 5 extender limit of Media Center -- wish we could access it.
7:34PM Todd Rutherford takes the stage. He was an integrator for 12 years before he came to work for Microsoft, but is also an enthusiast.
7:36PM Todd talks about the history of the Ultimate Install contest and the winner of last year.
7:37PM This year's winner is a 17k square foot home, with 32 zones of audio, 13 zones of video, 6 media servers running WMC and is fully integrated with Crestron.
7:38PM Dustin Anderson of Odessa Texas is the winner of the contest. The winner gets cash and a pro photographer to the site to help publicize the vent and a full case study. The home owner gets a bunch of Xboxes and games.
7:39 Ben Reed takes the stage to close things up. And says thanks and have a great show.
So most of our predictions didn't come true, just the firmware so far. We totally missed the lack of OEM requirement one, but at this point it isn't just academic as it was easy to bypass. We still think there might be other announcements before the show is done, but a few of the items in the predictions post are dead in the water.