Today, across the world, Live Earth
is taking place - a huge concert for "a climate in crisis". This event is bringing together 2 billion people across the world with performances by over 150 musicians and presented by MSN. Unfortunately I was unable to make it to any of the live concerts myself but I have the next best thing to being there in person. Connected to a 42-inch LG HDTV (which is Energy Star compliant) is a Digital Cable Card Home Entertainment PC from Velocity Micro
. Companies such as Velocity Micro, HP
, and others are beginning to ship PC's capable of HDTV with Windows Vista using Windows Media Center. These PC's come with a special HD tuner with a slot for a special card called a CableCard. These CableCards enable HD capabilities through your digital cable service and are available through your digital cable providers (for example I received my CableCard from Comcast).
Through my digital cable package I have with Comcast, I get several HD channels that work wonderfully with my Digital Cable Card PC and Windows Vista. Today, UHD - the Universal HD channel - is broadcasting Live Earth in HD all day as the concerts take place across the world.
Here is a video I shot of the Foo Fighters playing in London to show the setup I currently have running:
Video: Live Earth in HD on Windows Media Center
In the coming weeks, I plan to cover very extensively the HD capabilities and scenarios that Windows Vista supports which include the use of CableCards for HDTV content with Windows Media Center. I plan to dive real deep with explaining how it all works together with Windows Vista.
Now - off to replace all my old incandescent light bulbs with new fluorescent light bulbs.