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Tune in Tomorrow for the Digital Living Room?

Monty Solomon (
Sun, 17 Jul 2005 05:25:53 -0400

When Microsoft introduced its long-awaited Xbox 360 console on May 12
in an MTV special, its intentions went beyond just fun and games, The
company called the long-awaited product a "future-generation game and
entertainment system." While Xbox 360 promises to offer video games
compatible with HDTV, fast processing and a lot of memory, Microsoft
also noted that the system can play DVDs and CDs, stream music from
MP3 players, and network with the company's "Media Center" PCs to
stream digital content around the house, among other tasks.

Microsoft's market: The increasingly crowded living room. In fact, the
parade of technology companies targeting home entertainment is a long
one. Dell Computer sells TVs. Apple Computer's iMac Mini is viewed by
analysts as a potential entertainment server. Media-ready PCs abound
from the likes of Hewlett-Packard. These technology stalwarts are
selling wares that were typically offered by consumer electronic
giants such as Sony. But do they have what it takes to compete in your
living room? Is the so-called digital living room -- in which audio
and visual content is available on demand and combined with Internet
and other applications in one seamless environment -- fact or fantasy?
Who will the winners ultimately be? Wharton experts say the digital
living room is becoming a reality, but slowly.

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