EngadgetHD’s BenDrawbaugh brought back some very interesting news from Dish Network’s booth at Cedia 2009. As we talked about in Episode 42 of the Entertainment 2.0 podcast that there were extremely strong rumors that Dish Network had completely axed their Windows Media Center tuner project. In fact, Adam still cries a little every time we mention Dish Network.
Despite the rumors Dish does in fact have a booth at CEDIA this year, and they are showing their Media Center tuners! Unfortunately they are calling it a “proof of concept” at this point. To go along with the bad news they haven’t released any information with regards to pricing or availability. There were also no details on whether Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View would make it in the first release. The final blow against it was that while CableCARD tuners are having the DRM relaxed, these tuners will copy protect everything that they record.
We’ll be on the look-out for any announcements directly from Dish Network, so keep an eye out for all of our CEDIA 2009 coverage right here.