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DIRECTV 2go doesn't do much for me. If there were a way to get it on to a PC, that would be a different story.

But, I did notice the absense of any mention of the HMC. It doesn't sound like "DIRECTV Pro" is the same thing.

Any thoughts?
 

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From Information Week Yesterday.

Linux/Unix Vulnerabilities Outnumber Microsoft Windows' 3 To 1

Linux and Unix, including the Mac, had 2,328 vulnerabilities last year, compared with 812 vulnerabilities for Microsoft Windows, according to the U.S. government's computer security group.

By Gregg Keizer
TechWeb News

Jan 4, 2006 01:07 PM
Tallies kept by the U.S. government's computer security group show that Linux and Unix operating systems faced nearly three times the number of vulnerabilities in 2005 than did Microsoft's often-maligned Windows.

In the US-CERT (United Stated Computer Emergency Readiness Team) year-end vulnerability summary, Linux/Unix accounted for a whopping 2,328 vulnerabilities, about 45 percent of the 5,198 total.

Windows, on the other hand, sported just 812 vulnerabilities during the year, said US-CERT, or 16 percent of the total.

Another 2,058 vulnerabilities affected more than one operating system.

Although US-CERT didn't break out Mac vulnerabilities in a separate category, the Linux/Unix section listed more than 25 attributed to the Apple Computer operating system.

The end-of-year vulnerability score should be taken with a grain of salt, however, since US-CERT doesn't filter out updates (so one actual vulnerability can be counted numerous times) nor does it break out individual vulnerabilities from warnings that cover multiple bugs (as in the many Mac OS X vulnerability listings).
 

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This is sort of a pointless discussion since there's no convincing the Microsoft haters. That said, At home I've got 8 PCs running versions of Windows from Win2k to Vista, and Fedora Linux. I've also got a Mac Mini. All of them have their good and bad. My primary file and print server is a Pentium I - 200 running Win2k Server. It's been running 24/7 for the last five years with very little down time, and it has never blue screened. In my experience, the "blue screen of death" isn't as common as it used to be. And, when it did happen, it was usually caused by a third party driver, or some obscure hardware.
 

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What would make this all meaningful, is if there was a way to get the content onto a DVD. At $.99 an episode, downloading and burning a whole season of 24 would be cheaper than the current cost of a season box set. But, I'm sure that's exactly what they would like to avoid. Also, I didn't notice it in the release, but I'm assuming these episodes are commercial free.
 

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dswallow said:
Creating something "On Demand" for satellite delivered services borders on false advertising as far as I'm concerned; it's a ridiculous concept. It's not in any manner "on demand"; it's "delivered and recorded whether you want it or not".

The whole paradigm sucks and annoys me.

It can never offer a real library "on demand"; it's always going to be limited to some very small amount of material. The day I can view any episode of any series ever produced, I'll consider it "on demand"; but what is it right now at best? 60 hours of pre-selected stuff to choose from?

It's just like that Starz experiment. Useless. Wasteful. Pointless. And it takes away attention from more important matters.

There we go... that's why it exists... a marketing datapoint that they can point to in comparisons, as long as you don't delve too deeply.
I see IPTV in your future. But, not from Directv ;)
 

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I'm just a little curious if the Windows MCE integration had anything to do with the absense of the HMC. Also, while I doubt there would ever be a Directv PCI card, I'm wondering if Windows MCE could support connecting to one or more Directv receivers via USB? In the perfect "Microsoft" home, if you could connect 4 HD receivers to Windows MCE, and then stream live and recorded content around the house, you could achieve the same result as the HMC. Which would let Directv off the hook for developing, and the even bigger issue of supporting, the networking component of the HMC.
 

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DIRECTV Embraces Interoperability; DIRECTV to Implement DLNA and UPnP Interoperability into Next Generation Set-Top Boxes; Will Also Introduce SVP Compatible Silicon as It Becomes Available
LAS VEGAS, Jan 05, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- With the promise to significantly enhance home entertainment for DIRECTV customers across the country, DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading digital television service provider, announced today a number of steps it has taken that embrace interoperability.

DIRECTV has recently joined the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA). DLNA is focused on delivering an interoperability framework of design guidelines based on open industry standards to complete the cross-industry digital convergence. DIRECTV will implement DLNA interoperability guidelines in its next generation set-top boxes that will enable the secure transfer of content within individual DIRECTV customer homes.

DIRECTV has also recently joined the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) Forum and announces its support for UPnP functionality as described in the DLNA interoperability guidelines. DIRECTV incorporation of UPnP technology will provide the base for DIRECTV product interoperability in digital home networks.

"Building upon DLNA and UPnP, DIRECTV will continue to lead in delivering the best experiences and ease of use that emerging technologies offer to our more than 15 million customers nationwide," said Romulo Pontual, executive vice president and CTO, DIRECTV, Inc.

In addition, DIRECTV, along with conditional access provider, NDS, will begin implementing SVP technology into DIRECTV next generation set-top boxes. As silicon integrating SVP technology becomes available, DIRECTV plans to introduce compatible silicon into newly manufactured DIRECTV set-top boxes.

"As a leading distributor of premium entertainment, content security is of paramount importance to DIRECTV," added Pontual.

About DIRECTV, Inc.

DIRECTV, Inc. is the nation's leading digital television service provider with more than 15 million customers. DIRECTV and the Cyclone Design logo are registered trademarks of DIRECTV, Inc. DIRECTV (NYSE:DTV) is a world-leading provider of digital multichannel television entertainment services. DIRECTV is approximately 34 percent owned by News Corporation.

SOURCE: DIRECTV, Inc.

DIRECTV, Inc.
Robert Mercer, 310-726-4683
310-200-3192 (On-site)
 

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A PC Tuner!!!!!

Strike me down!!!!

Intel, DIRECTV Advance Digital Home Entertainment Experience; Intel and DIRECTV Announce First Ever Premium Digital Broadcast Entertainment Service to Embrace Intel(R) Viiv(TM) Technology
LAS VEGAS, Jan 05, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading digital television service provider, and Intel Corporation today announced a ground-breaking joint effort to enable remote viewing of DIRECTV's entertainment services and programming to PC screens, laptops, portable media players and set-top boxes through Intel(R) Viiv(TM) technology later in 2006. The move gives DIRECTV's customers a seamless way to enjoy the company's programming from the television, PC and personal consumer electronic devices.

The companies also plan an extensive joint marketing campaign that educates consumers about the benefits of DIRECTV's entertainment experience and Intel's digital home efforts.

Announced today at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show, DIRECTV expects to enable this capability on the company's next-generation set-top boxes with deployment to customers slated for later this year. The two companies also plan to collaborate on the development of a PC tuner that would enable DIRECTV customers to enjoy the high-quality digital DIRECTV entertainment experience. This would include a broad range of high-definition, exclusive and original programming from DIRECTV's lineup -- available on PCs, laptop computers or other hand-held devices. DIRECTV expects to complete the product verification later this year and provide the tuner through PC makers which offer Intel Viiv technology-based PCs.

"DIRECTV recognizes consumers are viewing television on PCs and portable and mobile devices. The power of Intel Viiv technology will enable us to offer consumers nationwide the best entertainment experience -- when, where and how they want it," said Chase Carey, CEO, DIRECTV, Inc. "Through our strategic relationship with Intel and joint commitment to an industry standards-based approach for securely delivering a premium TV experience on the PC, we will advance how our customers view and enjoy their digital programming."

"Simply said, this effort will help reshape how consumers view their digital programming with a television leader such as DIRECTV embracing the PC and Intel Viiv technology," said Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO. "DIRECTV is providing its customers with ultimate control over how and when they enjoy their entertainment and information, which also accelerates our shared vision of delivering an easier and more secure digital entertainment experience to families when and where they want it."

The introduction of Intel Viiv technology today marks an effort by Intel to enable a broad choice of entertainment and information from around the world so that consumers can more easily download, view, manage, store and enjoy their content anytime and on a variety of devices.

About DIRECTV, Inc.

DIRECTV, Inc. is the nation's leading digital television service with more than 15 million customers. DIRECTV and the Cyclone Design logo are registered trademarks of DIRECTV, Inc. DIRECTV (NYSE:DTV) is a world-leading provider of digital multichannel television entertainment. DIRECTV is approximately 34 percent owned by News Corporation.

About Intel Corporation

Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.

Intel and Intel Viiv are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

SOURCE: DIRECTV, Inc.

DIRECTV, Inc.
Robert Mercer, 310-726-4683
[email protected]
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Intel
Bill Kircos, 503-807-7710
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Windows Media Center Extenders currently exist. I'm sure they'll be coming out with HD versions. Now the pricing may not be that much different than an XBOX 360. But, if people are that opposed to an XBOX, I'm sure there will be options.
 

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ebonovic said:
This opens the door big time for me, as with a CableCard for the MCE, I could have the best of both worlds... I could "gulp" get a small package from Comcast to get the few HD networks that they have exclusive, hook those to the MCE, and then use my R15/HR20 around the house to view that programming.
I'm with Earl. A PC Tuner and MCE integration opens up all kinds of options. My personal preferred architecture has always been to have a central server and set top boxes.
 
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