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DirecTV announces end of HDPC-20 HD tuner project

updated 04:40 pm EST, Wed December 10, 2008

DirecTV cancels HDPC-20

A DirecTV spokesperson recently announced the company has discontinued any and all development work on the HDPC-20 tuner that promised to link DirecTV's high-definition content with Windows Media Center. The HDPC-20 was first introduced at CES in 2006, or nearly three years ago. The decision to end the project was reportedly made after DirecTV missed the August 2008 update for Windows Media Center software and timing of the next release.

Putting an end to any future doubt about the project's existence regarding a release in Windows 7, the spokesperson said the driver listed in the pre-beta version of Windows 7 for the HDPC-20 tuner was placed before the decision was made to pull the plug on the project.

The spokesperson says DirecTV will look for other ways to integrate the company's services with Windows-based PCs in the future, and promises it will announce any concrete plans or products when appropriate. [via Gearlog]






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