Microsoft released Windows Media Center TV Pack to OEMs

Microsoft Windows Media Center TV Pack (formally codenamed Fiji) is meant to add support for various TV signal types within Vista Media Center.  News about the TV Pack has been leaking out for the past month, and instead of waiting for CEDIA as originally planned Microsoft let the cat out of the bag today so people will know […]

Microsoft Windows Media Center TV Pack (formally codenamed Fiji) is meant to add support for various TV signal types within Vista Media Center.  News about the TV Pack has been leaking out for the past month, and instead of waiting for CEDIA as originally planned Microsoft let the cat out of the bag today so people will know exactly what to expect and not to expect within the TV Pack.

Microsoft made the TV Pack official to OEMs only:

The official word for the OEM only release has basically centered around the installation method, which according to Microsoft was designed for a clean install of Vista Service Pack 1 (plus a few patches) before the new software bits can be loaded.  As some have already figured out, it is possible to avoid the clean install method and just install it on your existing Vista SP1 install, but of course it isn’t suggested.  Outside of the install method the TV Pack is very dependent on new hardware (TV Tuners) and thus that likely played into the decision to make the product OEM only.  Sadly, Microsoft seems to have forgotten the big splash they wanted to make by including Media Center in two of the Vista SKUs and getting away from the OEM only release.  By providing the TV Pack as an OEM only release they have (once again) kicked all existing news while they were already down.