First of all, I love his conclusion (I couldn't have said it better myself)...
'...existing XP Media Center Edition 2005 users have a wonderful and free update that gives them new capabilities and better stability and performance. And potential Media Center PC buyers no longer have any reason to hold out. Either way, UR2 will give you the best possible PC-based DVR and digital media experience available today. Highly recommended.'
There are a few inaccuracies in Pauls review though...
Paul --> '...you can still only record two shows at a time, even with four tuner cards installed.'
False. You can do 4 recordings all at the same time. 2 x NTSC and 2 x ATSC while playing back a recorded show (NTSC or ATSC) on the Media Center PC and / or Media Center Extender(s).
Paul --> Microsoft has added a fourth zoom mode, intelligent zoom. In this mode, the edges aren't actually pushed off the side of the screen; instead, the center of the picture is stretched more than the edges”
Actually, it's exactly the opposite. Its stretched LESS in the middle and MORE at the edges.
Paul --> Media Center does a "soft reboot," shutting down and restarting all 6 of its background services (such as those that control TV recording and scheduling).”
False. We only restart ehShell.exe -- all other Media Center services are left untouched. In addition, the conditions in which the restart of ehShell.exe will occur are very, very specific. In a nutshell, the restart happens only if we can guarantee there will be NO user experience impact at all. A simple example is there is no restart if you are listening or watching any content, or recording a show. I can see this feature might become thorny for some -- Ed Bott has already asked 'So what happens if I’m recording a movie from a pay channel that runs from 3:00 AM to 5:00 AM?' The answer is your recording is not affected. In fact, end users should never even know this feature is there at all.