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Windows 7 Media Center review

How does Microsoft's new media hub cope with broadcast TV?

By  from TechRadar Issue 278

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TechRadar's verdict

"If you want a straightforward media center combining UK TV with your personal multimedia collection, then Windows 7 Media Center is packed with useful features. But it does require a high-spec PC to deal with live HD, and although the EPG is very good, it needs to cope better with identifying and numbering satellite channels. As an operating system and Media Center combined, it's preferable to Vista if you're buying a new Windows PC"
For
  • Full range of PVR features
  • DVB-T/S and S2 support
  • Excellent interface
Against
  • Needs very high spec for live HD
  • No DiSEqC for multi-sat

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