More details on Rollup 2
A member of The Green Button posted this transcript of the recent System Builders Chat with Microsoft’s Matt Davis, which included details about the Rollup 2 update to Media Center Edition 2005 that is due out soon. I’ve excerpted some highlights below:
- Rollup 2 for MCE 2005 is a free update. It is ready now and can be purchased by OEMs already. The update will be posted on the OEM System Builders site in about a week [approximately September 21] and will be available for end users in about a month [mid-October]. The rollup includes all previous updates for MCE, including those in Rollup 1. It will install only on a computer that is already running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with .NET Framework 1.1 and .NET Framework Service Pack 1.
- Rollup 2 includes a “scheduled optimize” function that will refresh key Media Center services daily to ensure system stability.
- It adds support (in the U.S. market) for up to four tuners – two standard definition, plus two high-definition tuners – but beyond that it represents no significant hardware changes.
- Microsoft had hoped to include Cable Card support in MCE 2005 Rollup 2 but unfortunately this feature was cut and did not make the final builds. Rollup 2 does not support unencrypted QAM.
- The full version of the product will support a handful of DVD changers, which will not be available for a couple of months. Support for this hardware will not be available in the update. In the next release (Windows Vista Media Center) Microsoft will add a facility for connecting a large capacity DVD changer that will show cover art.
- MCE 2005 fully supports dual-core CPUs. But it won’t work natively with 64-bit CPUs until Windows Vista comes out next year.
- MCE functionality will be included in Windows Vista Beta 2 and beyond…
- A full list of what is changed in MCE 2005 Rollup 2 will be available very soon on the Media Center Readiness Center (available to registered OEMs only).
- Users with large media libraries will see only slight improvements with this update. The real issue is the way that Windows Media Player handles large libraries, and that code is being updated now.
- Don’t expect native support for the Divx codec.
- The Sonic DVD burning software will be updated to so that more than one hour of video will fit on a standard DVD. This update is not included in Rollup 2.
Update: Commenter Paul notes: “You forgot to include that mce 2005 rollup 2 also includes dvb-t radio support, so people in the uk can now recieve/pause/rewind/record radio via freeview.” Exactly so. I live on the wrong side of the pond, so the impact of DVB-T support wasn’t immediately apparent to me. Thanks for the details.
Also, if you’re a registered OEM, you can now download the rollup package from the OEM update site. Details here.