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Getting Ready for Digital Cable Support in Windows Vista: 

Getting Ready for Digital Cable Support in Windows Vista Ron Pessner

What is an Open Cable Unidirectional Receiver (OCUR)?: 

What is an Open Cable Unidirectional Receiver (OCUR)?

Why is OCUR Important?: 

Why is OCUR Important? Microsoft and the cable industry have reached an agreement that will enable: Consumers to enjoy one-way cable programming, including premium digital cable content on Windows Vista computers running Windows Media Center Cable operators' to protect their investments in high value content in a digital environment. The agreement balances the need to preserve Flexibility of the computer platform for consumers The need for cable operators to receive assurances that Media Center and associated HW will function like a CableCARD-enabled DTV Mutual Cable/Microsoft Benefits: Vista Users Obtain Premium HD content for Media Center The Cable Operators obtain loyal high paying customers: Both Broadcast and Broadband subscribers. Ensures stickiness of customers by compelling user experience

Windows Media Center: Built for Digital Home Entertainment: 

Home Office Bedroom Family Room Any room Windows Media Center PC with Digital Cable access via OCUR XBox 360 with Media Center Extender receives signal from Media Center PC and plays music and live and recorded TV DVD Player with built-in Windows Media Center Extender receives signal from Media Center PC and displays pictures and online music and movie services Digital TV with built-in Media Center Extender receives signal from Media Center PC and displays live and recorded HDTV, photos, and home videos Windows Media Center: Built for Digital Home Entertainment Media Center Extender: Access it anywhere

Strong Sales Volume: 

Strong Sales Volume 9.2M 14.6M 17.9M 21.1M 24.2M Source: IDC Sept 2006 - WW and US Media Center PC 2006-2010 Forecast Over 30 Million Units Sold to Date Worldwide Vista Launch: CES Vista GA: 1/30/07

OCUR Deployment Readiness: 

OCUR Deployment Readiness Available to MSOs A Step-by-step Guide to Professional Technicians (distributed in Dec) Troubleshooting Guide to Professional Technicians (1st Edition distributed in Feb with updates to follow) Training Video (DVDs andamp; WMV files distributed) Available to PC Makers Quick Start Card (distributed in Dec) Vista Digital Cable Compatible PC Users Guide Available to Users 'Help with C/Card' button on the product that links to a webpage for additional information

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