Fellow Media Center MVP Chris Lanier reports that DVD streaming will officially be added to Media Center in the near future.
According to our own TGB @ CES blogger Jerold, Media Center is officially getting DVD Streaming support. Not only that, everyone’s favorite pink haired Media Center employee (Jessica Z) has seen it in action. Jerold couldn’t squeeze a timeline out of Jessica, but he wonders if it will be a part of Fiji.
This has been a feature that many Media Center users have been waiting for. For those of you who don't know what this feature is, essentially, this would allow the viewing of a DVD (or potentially one of the High-Def DVD formats) loaded into a reader drive on the Media Center computer on an Extender. While it likely wouldn't be too difficult to implement from a technical standpoint, there are other reasons why this hasn't been done yet (i.e. legal reasons).
If and when this feature is added, it should definitely help with the adoption of Media Center by the masses. Coupled with the newly released v2 Media Center Extenders, physical media should no longer be a limitation to enjoying these multimedia experiences within one's connected home. It is features like this that will help make Bill Gates' 'Next Digital Decade' vision a reality.
Update: January 9, 2008 from Jessica Zahn
On DVD streaming: I think what I said here was that there is a compelling "soccer mom" scenario. As a mother, I know first-hand how many DVDs get scratched, lost, or damaged by my children. I'd love to throw all my DVDs into a changer and remote them to wherever in my house.
However, we haven't announced this as a feature included in any future release. We play with all kinds of ideas - we're software developers, after all, we have to prototype things! - but whether and how they make it into our products is another story.
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