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Chapter 25. Hardware Features and Option... > Other Media Center Hardware

Other Media Center Hardware

Media Center PCs are self-contained units, for the most part. There are a few exceptions, in the form of optional, additional items you may need in order to configure and connect your machine to your existing TV signal and home entertainment equipment (see Chapter 2's section “What You May Need to Supply for Yourself”). However, the Media Center hardware was designed to provide pretty much everything you need, right out of the box.

Although Microsoft has at least 15 independent hardware vendors (IHVs) signed up to make various parts and pieces of Media Center systems, most of these items are not made available directly to consumers. Instead, the parts—mostly internal tuner cards, infrared receivers, and remote controls—are sold directly to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), who build the PC systems that we buy.


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