More Evidence for CableCARD HDTV in Vista

Chris Lanier’s got eyes like a hawk… or should I say eyes and ears like a hawk. I’ve been super busy and haven’t had a chance to get to Microsoft’s Channel 9 video with Jeff Henshaw and David Alles but Chris points to a very interesting passage:

David Alles (Microsoft): “So right now if you’re in North America you can get ATSC High Definition television, which is the Over the Air, free signals. Coming up soon, we will have cable. So, if you are a cable subscriber and you have OpenCable, there will be an OpenCable CableCARD in the PC, so you get your little smart card and plug it in and you will be able to get all of your High Definition television that way…”

Chris adds:

“And to back up the point I have had for a while about Windows XP not being ready to get certified by CableLabs, open up your Registry Editor after installing Update Rollup 2 and do a search for “UDCR” and notice what you get. UDCR is Uni-Directional Cable Receiver, or what we all call CableCARD. Support for CableCARD has been being built for some time now, it just can’t happen until Windows Vista and the fact that Update Rollup 2 has bits related to UDCR just backs up this point even more. Microsoft does care about HD, they just don’t have the platform that will enable it to happen yet. Vista will be (yet again) a turning point for Media Center and more! some reason.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I don’t doubt that MS is working on a cable card solution for the HDTV problem. However i did the registry mentioned in the blog and found nothing in Rollup 2 to support UDCR. Maybe he was looking at an earlier Beta when he discoverd it.

  2. Jonathan says:

    Think this is more hardware specific than software… You need DRM baked in to prevent “un-managed” copies from floating around your network and on the internet with too much ease…

    The software will help manage this, but the hardware has to be the initial point of the lock-down. The new dual-core chipsets we all want will certainly take care this by the time Vista arrives…