Microsoft Releases October Media Center Updates

October 2008 Cumulative Update
for Media Center for Windows Vista
(KB955519)

  • Fixes an issue in which you cannot seek through recorded TV
    shows on Windows Media Center systems that have digital cable tuners.
    Additionally, the recorded TV shows display the incorrect length.
  • Fixes an issue in which Windows Media Center Extenders
    cannot re-connect to a host computer after the host computer resumes from the
    suspend mode or the sleep mode.
  • Fixes an issue which is introduced by KB950126. In this
    issue, a video that is paused may resume if you minimize or maximize the
    Windows Media Center window or if a screen saver starts.
  • Implements support for Digital Rights Management (DRM) free
    copy for digital cable tuners that have the latest digital cable tuner BIOS
    that support DRM free copy.
  • Expands the solution that was introduced in KB950126 to
    improve the experience of recording analog TV broadcasts to include set-top box
    scenarios. Previously, some analog TV broadcasts were blocked with the
    “protected content” message.

October 2008 Cumulative Update
for Media Center TV Pack for Windows Vista
(KB956147)

  • Addresses an issue in which Windows Media Center Extenders
    cannot re-connect to host computer after the computer resumes from the suspend
    or sleep mode.
  • Improves the experience of recording analog TV broadcasts to
    include set-top box scenarios. Previously, some shows were blocked with
    “protected content” messages.

    • Note: This
      solution does not apply to configurations that use analog TV over digital cable
      tuners. The BIOS for the digital cable tuners provide content protection.
  • Addresses an issue in which incorrect PlayReady API is
    called.
  • Addresses an issue in identification of systems with the
    Windows Media Center TV Pack installed for server-related content.
  • Addresses an issue with certain extensibility applications
    that pass the Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) protocol-based URLs.
  • Addresses an issue with .wtv files that are listed as
    unsupported file type after the third-party decoders are installed.
  • Addresses an issue with Terrestrial Integrated Services
    Digital Broadcasting (ISDB-T) digital TV signal when it uses component or
    composite output.

9 thoughts on “Microsoft Releases October Media Center Updates

  1. Hmm.. that first fix on KB95559 has been a long time waiting.

    I haven’t seen this issue in TV Pack, so I’ll assume it was already squashed (I hope).

  2. I’m going to hold off on downloading this. I installed the last cumulative update and it caused a black screen to appear after I stopped a video. I had to uninstall the update to resolve the issue. I see no mention in this October update that it fixes this bug, so I am definitely holding off on updating my machine.

  3. Anyone know why if you have clean install of Vista SP1 and TV Pack 2008, why the PRE-TV PACK KB955519 gets offered by Windows Update ? It did it with the previous cumulative Media Center Pack 950126.

    It appears that all the files from TV Pack supersede the usual cumulative files.

    I think its a Windows Update error, but 950126 and 955519 will still apply if you download and run them manually AFTER installing the TV Pack 2008 + 956147.

    Chris do you know ?

    Thanks.

  4. Does it just run the install without actually overwriting the files or does it overwrite the files? (it may detect the file on the system is newerso will just leave it there during the install)

  5. I’m running TV Pack over an existing Media Center (not even a fresh install). I checked the updates and found KB955519 (update for Media Center without the TV Pack) available to download and install, but it had not auto-installed. I checked the update log and was please to see that KB956147 (update for TV Pack) had auto-installed. So it looks like update is doing the right thing.

  6. Wow, so many new features. These updates just give us so much to look forward to. Now I won’t get the DRM flags that ONLY occur in a Media Center HTPC. If I didn’t go all in on this and buy 4 extenders and a new Dell so I could get cable card support, I would switch back to Sage in 30 seconds.

  7. KB 955519 installed with the result that I had no picture, only sound. It said the install was successful but when I uninstalled the update everything went back to normal.
    This applies to both Media Center and Media Player.

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