Dispite the few issues with WMV-HD listed below these disc’s are still GREAT. I picked up “Step into Liquid” a day or so ago. It is fantasic! I would highly recommend that everyone pick up this titles. It’s 720p and has 5.1 WMA Pro. Most PC’s can handle a 720p encode and have it look great.
I have got a thread going over that AVSForum about the issues with current WMV-HD titles I think Microsoft and the content producers really need to address these issues if they want to format to go places.
#1 – Add a DD or DTS audio track. Currently WMP 9 can not even output WMA Pro 5.1 through SPDIF. So if you have a AVR that can decode the stream it is useless that this point. Almost everyones AVR can handle a DD stream out of SPDIF.
#2 – Everyone hates DRM, so for consumers to purchase the product we need to get the DRM to a state where the consumer doesnt know it’s their. That translates to Offline-DRM and no DRM that requires a internet connection. Even though everyone should have WiFi in their house, the problem is that not everyone does. So get rid of the dial-up DRM and goto Offline-DRM.
#3 – Content! Current only one titles has been released that can be considered “main-stream”. That would be T2 – Extreme Edition. We want to see more content released to us.
So, a lot of people seem to think that MCE PC’s are too overpriced. Okay, that’s cool becuase the OEM set’s the price. The problem i have with it is the same people think MCE sucks bcause it doesnt support HDTV or dual tuners. HD card’s right now cost about $300 and they only do OTA. So even if MCE supported HD and dual tuners you are talking about adding over $500 to the cost of the PC. Then the cost to Microsoft for having to explain what OTA is and how and what you get access to.
That people think the Microsoft Newsgroups are Microsoft Product Support? At least one person a week seems to think this. They don’t want an answer from me or they don’t want to provide any basic information on their problem. And then they want to know why Microsoft isn’t helping them.
Why do we have all these people who don’t take the time to read before they speak?
This card might just be the best thing to happen to digital media on PC’s in years. The card is promising Inverse Telecine, MPEG-2/MPEG-4/DivX/WMV9 hardware encoding and decoding. You can encode MPEG-2 and WMV9 up to HD resolutions!
The only issues with this card are (1) The power (2) The space. This card will require 2 power leads from the PSU. It will take up the AGP slot+the closest PCI slot.
Windows Media Center Edition will shine assuming this card will be supported. Getting HD into the PC and having hardware encode to limit CPU usage.
As being reported by Neowin.net the latest beta for Windows Media Center is due to start soon.
Testers will get to test MCE on a beta PC provided by Microsoft for the time of the test only. A beta tester for MCE will work with that PC for a few months to help Microsoft get some real world user information on the latest edition of Media Center.
This beta is codenamed “Symphony” and should offer many advances on Media Center and will hopefully add many new features (Dual Tuners Please) and fix many of the known problems with Media Center Edition.