Sky eyes your Media Center PC

Back in February we revealed Sky's big plans to drop its Freeview channels and launch an enhanced digital terrestrial offering of its own, but it seem

Back in February we revealed Sky's big plans to drop its Freeview channels and launch an enhanced digital terrestrial offering of its own, but it seems that's not the end of its extra-satellite plans.It's now signed a deal with Microsoft to beam its Freeview-style service to Media Center PCs. Not your average PC with Windows XP Media Center edition, Vista Home Premium or Ultimate loaded, mind. We're talking fully fleged telly PCs such as Rock's Meivo (pictured).Since Sky's digital terrestrial service will use more efficient encoding than Freeview, it won't be viewable by standard Freeview boxes. But a PC with a built-in digital card and some updated software, well that might just work, and we guess that's what Sky is thinking.There's not much more we know about the deal right now, but given that the whole thing is currently being argued over with OFCOM, it may never come to pass at all. If it does though, it could give Microsoft's TV/PC dream just the boost it needs.Essentials Contact: Sky Related stories: Virgin 1 launches Freeview channel Freesat – answer to our HD Freeview prayers? Sky to go terrestrial?