chiefie: And true to what Mauricio said... MCE isn't really officially supported in my book. Until they got the EPG data freely accessible by MCE, it is a glorified PVR... real disappointing and sad to see MCE will never live up to its full potential in NZ.
Yep - us and Norway taking on the world...
I really don't care whether its officialally supported or not. I am simply concerned with is it sold here - which it most certainly is and will it work here - which it does. Will it work better - well from what I have seen absolutely yes.
Using DVB-S, I have just had a look at my Guide - its showing 7 days worth of EPG data. I don't have Bladerunner on my HTPC anymore, nor have I done anything to setup the guide from any internet based source. Believe me this was also much easier to setup than any of the other products I have tried ie it uses OTA EIT guide data. I've also got combined Analog/Digital S/T running.
The native DVB-S support seems very good.
Like I said - DVB-T is very flakey (its the first BETA) - but it works, and it looks like it will provide a very very good solution in the near future once the stability issues are addressed (which like I said may me ATI related). It doesn't look like MHEG guide data is supported at the moment ie shows only the EIT stuff - but I haven't tried much yet.
What they have done is open up the appropriate parts of the MCE Engine to ensure that it will work in most places, including NZ.
I believe it also has native support for the Hauppauge HD-PVR engine which is about to be released, which may/may not provide an alternate solution for those with Pay HD.
I think given another few months once its formally released many people on here will have changed their tune.
I really didn't start this thread as a MS vs the world thread simply to inform a few people of whats out there...