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Microsoft and Hauppauge “Freeview-Certified PC Solution” for Windows Media Center TV Pack 2008 (Fiji)

Microsoft announced full Freeview certification in the UK, which is a big step to improving UK TV support in Windows Media Center. Here’s the details:

Microsoft and Hauppauge First to Bring Freeview-Certified PC Solution to U.K.
Viewers Windows Media Center meets requirements for Freeview certification to deliver enhanced TV content to the PC.

Microsoft working with tuner manufacturer Hauppauge Computer Works Inc. announced the launch of the first Freeview-certified, PC-based TV solution. With Windows Media Center, found on all PCs running Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate, and Windows Media Center TV Pack, Microsoft will now be able to offer U.K. consumers best-in-class interactive and enhanced TV paired with some of the best personal video recorder (PVR) features available on the market today.

Freeview support is one of the major Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) enhancements of the Windows Media Center TV Pack, an update released to OEMs worldwide on July 16, 2008, with targeted optimizations for TV standards in Europe. Other enhancements of this update include support for Digital Video Broadcasting-Satellite (DVB-S), improved guide and playback experience, great PVR auto-extend support, and the flexibility of support for multiple TV standards.

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