Consumers in the UK, France and Germany to Enjoy Media Center Edition Experience on TVs Throughout Their Homes by 2005
Microsoft announced today that Windows® Media Center Extender Technology will be available in Europe in the first half of 2005. The software will power a new generation of products that will extend the Media Center Edition PC experience allowing consumers to access their favourite digital entertainment, such as live and recorded television, photos, movies, and music that reside on their Windows XP Media Center Edition PC, from any room in the home — regardless of where the PC is located. Media Center Extender Technology will not only provide access to rich content and services, but will enable devices throughout the home to utilise the full processing and storage capabilities of the PC creating new opportunities for services and providing unprecedented choice and access to content for consumers.
Consumers can enjoy the benefits of Media Center Extender technology through a set-top box connected to their television or can purchase a new television with this technology fully integrated.
"Customers are telling us they don't want to be tied to the room where their PC lives to look at their digital pictures or view a programme recorded on their Media Center PC," said Paul Randle, Windows Product Manager in the UK. "Windows Media Extender Technologies will address this head on by giving consumers the freedom to enjoy their digital entertainment experiences on any TV display in the home."
News source: Microsoft UK Press Centre