Active-TV ecosysetm developers,
A key omission at the CES ViiV launch was Intel Extended-PC clients. The rumour mill is busy with the news that they will appears in June (that’s 2006 this time). It is not clear how many of the NMPR features will be initially available – such as projection of the UI from the Extended-PC. The article below adds to the June rumour.
The article linked below suggests the ViiV clients will take the now often criticised DMA form. It is suggested the delay is caused by getting the software working on a $50 DMA. They have been working on this for many years now. Non-ViiV branded DMAs have appeared in the market in the $120 - $300 range. The software required for a broadcast receiving STB is even more complex – but consumers understand and value the STB more than the DMA.
Confusingly, the article also discusses the use of Windows on a PC – rather than Linux. This is a separate topic, relating to the use of a PC as a dedicated 10-foot appliance. So far, the Intel marketing team have not delivered a clear ViiV ecosystem image. Placing the TV tuners in the PC rather than the DMA location, helps drive ViiV confusion.
"Gates’ Viiv Isn’t Working" at http://futureoftv.net/