Microsoft has finalized a deal with the cable industry that should pave the way for PCs to display high-definition cable TV by next year's holiday season, the company said Wednesday.
The pact, with the industry's technical arm, CableLabs, means that PCs with Microsoft's Media Center features will be able to display digital cable--both standard and high-definition flavors--without a set-top box. Microsoft has offered support for over-the-air HDTV since last fall, but the cable deal has taken some time. "We have been working in earnest over the course of the past year with the cable industry to enable this scenario," said Ron Pessner, a senior director in Windows Client unit. "There are a number of pieces that needed to come together."
News source: C|Net News.com