Windows Vista Media Center is available in the Home Premium and Ultimate editions and has been upgraded significantly, including a overhaul of the user interface.
Manage or playback recorded TV, play DVD’s and now you can watch online entertainment or use your internal TV tuner card for content. Created to be an all in one interface for media content Media Center tracks your content including any music files for easy content search and playback.
Having used the Vista Media Center I like the layout and feel of the interface. Of course if using the online content it is likely it will be more easily viewable with a broadband connection. If this is a selling point feature of Vista for your particular needs you may want to contact your ISP to inquire about broadband connectivity.
Other features of Windows Media Center include:
Support for two dual-tuner cards
Native DVD/MPEG-2 support
Addition of Movies and DVD button which lists all the movies on the hard drive and DVD.
Tasks button that provides access to jobs such as setting up and configuring a media center extender device.
Any video playing is overlaid on the background of the user interface, if the UI is navigated while the video is
Support for high-definition (HD) content, and Cable CARD support.