Windows Media Center Embedded to Take on Apple TV, Boxee, Roku, Google TV in the First Half of 2011

Windows fans will be excited to learn that Windows Media Center Embedded set-top boxes will begin shipping in the first half of 2011 (previous coverage). The boxes on display at IDF 2010 from the likes of ASUS (see: Companion Box) and ACER (see: Revo 2 w/ RevoPad) show that they’ll be packing the same Intel Atom CE4100 SoC found in the new Boxee Box capable of full 1080p video playback. However, none of the devices at the moment offer internal storage or CableCARD tuners, but they do support an over-the-air ATSC antenna source for viewing live TV — unlike the competition — along side content from online sources. Sounds potentially like the right device if you want cut Cable and have the best of both worlds: live TV and online content on-demand. A quick demo of Windows Media Center Embedded in action is attached below. Be sure to watch all the way to the end where the trick RevoPad touch remote makes an appearance.

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2 Reactions to “Windows Media Center Embedded to Take on Apple TV, Boxee, Roku, Google TV in the First Half of 2011”

  1. roby94566 says:

    **** Microsoft! They had their chance with their technology… being able to stream internet TV Media Center through every XBOX (or any other half baked “media center extender”)!!! , but choose NOT to, and limit their customers with all their half cooked ideas….

  2. Anonymous says:

    No DVR. That’s the best thing about media center . Now if they just made a small box like a ROKU that did netflix and also worked as a media center extender, I’d but that.