Microsoft and DirecTV Cancel HDPC-20 Development

From GearLog.com

"According to a company spokesperson, 'DIRECTV has suspended the development of the HDPC-20 tuner project that was designed to integrate DIRECTV service into Windows Media Center after assessing the impact of missing the August 2008 release of Windows Media Center update and considering timing of the next release'.

'Both DIRECTV and Microsoft understand the desirability of offering consumers an all encompassing DIRECTV programming solution via Windows-based PCs. We are continuing to explore ways to integrate DIRECTV service with Windows-based PCs in the future.'"

I am really pissed about this, but honestly not surprised. I just came back from a BNI IT get together where I was told that most people who are purchasing new PCs still request XP – even if they have to PAY EXTRA for it. I use Vista on all my PCs and it works fine for me, but other people are having major issues with Microsoft's latest OS.

I thought Windows 7 with DirecTv support would show that Microsoft learned from its mistakes. They would get everyone excited about their latest product. But it sounds like it is going to be the same old Microsoft.

I will now be looking into Boxee and Myth TV as replacements.

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