DirecTV Suspends Development of the HDPC-20 Tuner for Windows Media Center

Ouch! Like the title says… DirecTV has nixed plans for releasing their highly anticipated satellite TV tuner for Windows Media Center. Reason: just same lame excuse about missing the August 2008 Windows Media Center update and not wanting to hold off until the next update release from Microsoft to come around. With that said, though, Windows 7 users in the future may still get a similar product when the time is right. Full email notification below — courtesy of ZDNet.

DIRECTV has suspended the development of the HDPC-20 tuner project that was designed to integrate DIRECTV service into Windows Media Center after assessing the impact of missing the August 2008 release of Windows Media Center update and considering timing of the next release.

Both DIRECTV and Microsoft understand the desirability of offering consumers an all encompassing DIRECTV programming solution via Windows-based PCs. We are continuing to explore ways to integrate DIRECTV service with Windows-based PCs in the future.

The HDPC-20 tuner that appears on the driver list of a pre-Beta build of Windows 7 is an artifact that was listed prior to the decision to suspend the tuner project. As our plans progress toward a Windows Media Center-compatible product, we will make an announcement at the appropriate time.

Previous HDPC-20 Coverage:
EngadgetHD – The Media Center DirecTV HDPC-20 caught in action
eHomeUpgrade – DirecTV PC Tuner Finally Makes an Appearance

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