With a push to get everyone back on the Microsoft wagon, Microsoft is offering Windows 10 for free to Windows 7 and up users. I was initially excited while simultaneously worried. I mean, nothing in this life is free. There’s a catch. You know it, I know it. However, I was still on board for the upgrade until I found out that Windows 10 will not contain Windows Media Center.
I guess I’m one of the few to use it with a cable card and decoder box (to match my cable provider). I’m not sure why it didn’t catch on (wasn’t more popular). I can’t see it being the price, because after the initial investment in the decoder box (about $100.00), the cable card only costs about $2.00 per month to rent. That’s one-fifth the cost to rent a cable company converter box (so that means I broke even around a year after purchase). I can’t imagine it’s the lack of features. I can set up my favorite shows to record automatically (series record), watch live TV (don’t do that very often–can’t stand commercials), search for shows to record via search or by manually perusing the station listing (up to 2 weeks in advance), as well as watch streaming TV from the likes of Netflix. Too difficult to set up for most, I guess. It’s too bad.
Anyway, to the point, no Windows Media Center in Windows 10, no Windows 10.