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Pioneer Computers are claiming a world first with the development of a television digital tuner card for the Australian version of Microsoft Media Center (MCE).

"With the release of Microsoft's Windows XP MCE in mid-October a major concern surrounding the operating system was its compatibility with digital television tuners," Pioneer CEO, Jeff Li, said.

To overcome this issue, the whitebox vendor worked in conjunction with Microsoft engineers to create a software driver for its DreamVision TV tuner products which allowed them to run on MCE, Li said.

Pioneer has been distributing its DreamVision cards, which retail for $199, over the last few months to resellers including Harvey Norman and homeware retailer, Domayne.

The new model will give MCE owners the ability to receive and record free to air digital television while skipping advertisements.

The good news for existing card owners and resellers was that they could simply upgrade the card's driver by downloading a new one from the Pioneer website, Li said.

However, the software giant said it did not officially support the digital TV card from Pioneer.

"The Australian release [of MCE] supports up to two analogue TV tuners only," Microsoft senior product marketing manager, Danny Beck, said. "We do not officially support Digital TV tuners in the local market at this point in time. It is too early to speculate when official support might be available."

Pioneer hoped to capitalise on being one of the early players in the whitebox MCE market, Pioneer's Li said. The company has already been approached by a hotel chain that intended to put MCE-based systems in guest rooms.

"This is an important breakthrough that will accelerate the uptake of digital home technology," he said.

IDC analyst, Landry Fevre, said the launch of the MCE-compatible card demonstrated the flexibility of whitebox companies over their badged counterparts to create specific products for local market conditions.

Fevre said the product would also have ramifications on the television advertising industry, and force advertisers to revise their marketing models.

This emerging trend in the television market could have parallels with the way the music industry failed to respond to new technology enabling music downloads.

"With the introduction of TiVo personal video recorders in the US around 40 per cent of viewers chose to skip the adverts," Fevre said.

Meanwhile, other local hardware distributors are also working on similar tuner cards as a way of cashing in on the digital growth of the CE market.

Director of Lako Pacific, Evan Kourambas, said it would soon launch its Dvico digital TV card, which would also be compatible with MCE.

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Rubbish there are any number of DVB-T cards already available with BDA drivers :blink: VBox, Dvico, Hauppauge, VisionPlus

"The Australian release [of MCE] supports up to two analogue TV tuners only," Microsoft senior product marketing manager, Danny Beck, said. "We do not officially support Digital TV tuners in the local market at this point in time. It is too early to speculate when official support might be available."
SHAME ON YOU MICROSOFT :P

On a more positive note, there are a number of local developers of BDA Applications that I'm sure would be more than happy to include support for the Pioneer card. Especially if Pioneer gave them engineering samples to test with :P

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On a more positive note, there are a number of local developers of BDA Applications that I'm sure would be more than happy to include support for the Pioneer card. Especially if Pioneer gave then engineering samples to test with

From the little I can see, that card looks suspiciously familiar:)

Cheers

Renura

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On a more positive note, there are a number of local developers of BDA Applications that I'm sure would be more than happy to include support for the Pioneer card. Especially if Pioneer gave then engineering samples to test with

From the little I can see, that card looks suspiciously familiar:)

Cheers

Renura

It sure does. Can anyone say VisionPlus :blink:

And as it is the VisionPlus (so is their USB device), the PC World article has some facts wrong unless Pioneer made their own MCE2005 drivers.

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It sure does. Can anyone say VisionPlus

And as it is the VisionPlus (so is their USB device), the PC World article has some facts wrong unless Pioneer made their own MCE2005 drivers.

Yes they are OEM VisionPlus, the USB device is the famous USB 1.1 with lots of issues.

A lot of the claims made are of course a load of BS! we are still testing/working on the BDA drivers for MCE!

Cheers

Renura

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not to mention I've been using another brand DVB-T PCI card with BDA drivers for about the last two months..

very soon I'll be able to (possibly) share my report on some other new BDA compliant DVB-T devices and MCE 2005.

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not to mention I've been using another brand DVB-T PCI card with BDA drivers for about the last two months..

Only one?

I have had half a dozen!

There are at least three other DVB-t cards (that I have in my possession) that work (as well as they can be) under MCE and have done so for several months.

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Renura

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This is typical of a computer exaggerating the calims on bbeing the first.

First what?

1. A cloned version of a VP aren't first!

2. BDA drivers are available - I do not even know whether it just the Assuie version by Spectrum or VP are those as bonus to Spectrum. Don't know. First what .. lies.

3. There issue clearly not forth coming with this article. Like EPG and issues with correct Dolby Digital streaming. [just remember here: DD is not just 5.1.]

4. In consulation with eho at MS. A few phone calls is called consulation.

5. I would not one bit suprised but this article by this computer company does sound like grandstanding somewhat - perhaps its a cultural thing.

DA

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not to mention I've been using another brand DVB-T PCI card with BDA drivers for about the last two months..

Only one?

I have had half a dozen!

There are at least three other DVB-t cards (that I have in my possession) that work (as well as they can be) under MCE and have done so for several months.

Cheers

Renura

hehe, well since the article was about the 'first' commercially available DVB-T PCI card with "full" MCE/BDA drivers (not cobbled together by users, or beta BDA releases) I thought I'd mention that it had already been beaten by another commercial DVB-T PCI card with BDA/MCE compliance (from the manufacturer, out of the box) by at least 2 months. But if we're counting all the betas and 'mostly' BDA compliant drivers, then obviously that number is higher.

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