ericn32 writes: "Yesterday, Engadget HD reported an anxiously awaited announcement from Microsoft and CableLabs removing the OEM-built requirement for PCs using "premium" digital cable tuners, saying that consumers "will now be able to add digital cable tuners with CableCARD to a Windows 7-based PC with Windows Media Center." Of course, you'll need to shell out some cash for a compatible edition of Windows 7, among other requirements.
Microsoft also highlighted new support in Win7 Media Center for switched digital video (SDV) using a compatible adapter from your cable provider (meaning yet another ugly box next to your TV or PC.) SDV is also to be supported in the coming digital cable tuner from Ceton Corp. (now to be released in Q1 2010) and will come to existing ATI tuners in the form of a firmware update that will also remove DRM on certain recorded shows flagged by your MSO.
This is certainly a step in the right direction, though not as big or as far as some hope. Which begs the question: Where is Tru2Way already?"
"Card readers? We don't need no stinking card readers."
-- Peter da Silva (at the National Academy of Sciencies, 1965, in a
particularly vivid fantasy)