WSJ.com - A Hub for Home Entertainment "Personal computers have rapidly turned into storage vaults for digital music, photos and videos. Now computer-industry companies are rolling out new ways to let that content roam through the house.
Next week, Microsoft Corp. will showcase devices that allow users to ship digital content from PCs to televisions, stereos and other consumer electronics in different parts of the home. Starting mainly with music, the goal is to get digital files to the places where people relax and entertain, instead of restricting content to where they do their computing.
Unlike many digital devices that are already on the market, the latest crop from Microsoft works with copy-protected music purchased on for-pay services like Musicmatch and Microsoft's own music store.
Microsoft hopes to jump into the lead with its new offerings. Its Windows Media Connect software will allow televisions, stereos, DVD players and other consumer gadgets to play back digital media stored on PCs running the Windows XP operating system. Consumers will use a remote control to actually move the content around."