I’m not sure the advantages of MCE are great enough to be a big problem. If people understand MCE as a TiVO, it automatically begs the question of why go through the hassle when you could just buy a TiVO.
I was thinking that what would really boost Windows Media Center Edition, competitively, would be if it supported multi-headed setups: multiple TVs.
With cooperation from broadcasters and cable channels, they could then set up support for things like ultra-wide screen. Two screens next to each other, or three, displaying a wider view of, say, a sporting event.
Or the second screen could show a different view of the action.
Or it might show infographics synced to what’s on the other screen. That’d be good for news, sports, educational shows, etc. The second screen’s content could even be delivered via the internet, rather than through TV-carrying routes.
CNBC would be a natural for that – the second screen could show a variety of data for whatever company is currently being discussed.
Because of the DVR features, the user could always pause for more time to digest the data on the second screen.
Anyway, really distinct features like that, that really enhance the TV-watching experience, are what Microsoft needs to make MCE a real success.