The biggest disappointment of 2008 has to be Microsoft’s failure
to produce a follow-up release to the RTM release of Vista Media Center. The TV Pack, which was previously codenamed
Fiji was delayed
well over a year with no information give by Microsoft as to the reason
why. Things finally settled down and
released as the TV Pack in August (officially
at CEDIA in September).
Of course the disappointments set in a few months early,
and H.264 being dropped, and then the announcement that Microsoft planned
the TV Pack to be OEM-only. Then came
some bugs, torrents getting leaked, all around poor communication from
Microsoft, broken third party and first party functionality, and I’m sure you
know the story by now.
Not only was the TV Pack a disappointment, it was nothing
short of a failure. In my opinion it has
been the worst coordinated project to come out of Microsoft since I’ve had a
chance to cover the company.
Given the long delay and ultimate fate of what became the TV
Pack I wish Microsoft would have just waited or simply released a scaled down
Update Rollup in places like Japan where it added a bit more value. Luckily the TV Pack functionality will be
rolled into Windows 7 which I’m sure the eHome team was working on concurrently
with the TV Pack anyway. To those not
running the TV Pack, I’d just write it off and wait for Windows 7 to bring a
more stable and polished product.
The TV Pack has been a huge disappointment of 2008.