April 17, 2008 by Rachel Cericola
HP just announced an upgrade that should bring all of the entertainment that the computer has to offer to MediaSmart TV owners.
The upgrade is adding a spiffy feature to the web-enabled 1080p LCD line—the ability to hook up to PCs with Microsoft’s Media Center Extender. That means that users will also be able to snag content on those Vista PCs, to view on the HDTV.
In other words, you can go big (and bright) with pictures, videos and music, as well as online services and on-demand TV.
“Consumers everywhere want new ways to discover, enjoy and share digital entertainment and HP is making this opportunity real,” said Carlos Montalvo, vice president of marketing and services, Connected Entertainment Business, HP. “With the ability to use a premium HDTV to easily access on-demand web and personal media from any PC in the home, there’s never been a more fun time to hang out in the living room with friends and family.”
The firmware update is being offer to owners of MediaSmart TV models SL4278 and SL4778, and will be part of newer sets.
Extender for Windows Media Center will also be included in HP’s upcoming MediaSmart Connect product, which should be available later this year.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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