Media Center still not for ME

Microsoft is still declining to release Media Center in the Middle East, citing lack of support here for some of the TV functions.

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By  Peter Branton Published  October 13, 2004

Microsoft is still declining to release Media Center in the Middle East, citing lack of support here for some of the TV functions. Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 was formally launched this week with a high-profile event in Los Angeles, US. Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates said the company was keen to ramp up sales from previous versions four or five-fold. The product is “at the heart of Microsoft’s vision to offer people around the world the best in complete, connected entertainment experiences,” he said. However, for people in this region, it appears that vision will have to wait a while longer. The main stumbling block is the Electronic Program Guide, which the OS uses to find out TV programme details. According to Mazen Shehadah, product marketing manager for Micrososft South Gulf, that is not supported in this region, owing to the difficulty of getting such a broad range of TV content providers on-board. Microsoft would need to get all the TV operators to provide information about their programming to get it to work, he claimed. “We’re afraid that without that, then we might get customers dissatisfied with the Media Center experience,” he said. “They would read about what it could do in Europe or the US, and then wonder why they can’t get the same performance here.” Despite Microsoft not releasing Media Center as a standalone product here, it is available in the Middle East, through some hardware vendors who have introduced it in to the region. These include Everex, which has launched its Consumer Electronic PC in the region, and is looking to release other Media Center-based products here. Microsoft is supporting Everex here, said Shehadah, who also pointed out that Media Center is now available as an Arabic-enabled product.

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