Gates Showcases Technology Breakthroughs, Alliances and Market Momentum That Bring Microsoft's Digital Lifestyle Vision to Life: Microsoft CES highlights:
"# An agreement with MTV Networks (MTVN) that will create new ways for consumers to access MTV content through a variety of digital entertainment products. As part of this agreement, MTV intends to launch a new PlaysForSure (TM) -compliant MTVN digital music service with portable subscription capabilities.
# New digital music and video devices that expand Microsoft's PlaysForSure logo program to more than 50 currently verified devices and seven online services, ranging from small, low-cost, flash-based players to full-featured hard-disk-based units and forthcoming network-connected high-definition televisions (HDTVs) and DVD players. Gates also announced that 90 million copies of Windows Media Player 10 have been downloaded since its launch in October.
# Continued momentum around interactive entertainment, with Media Center PC sales doubling year over year, surpassing 1.4 million units globally and growing by 40 percent in just three months
# An agreement with BellSouth Corp. to test next-generation TV services using Microsoft TV IPTV Edition
# Strong momentum for the Xbox system, with industry-leading sales for the 2004 holiday season, and expected sales of more than 20 million consoles by July 2005. The 'Halo 2' game generated $125 million in revenue in its first weekend of availability, surpassing the biggest opening weekend in box-office history, for 'Spiderman,' which generated just under $115 million.
# A new collaboration with TiVo Inc. that will enable TiVo subscribers to easily transfer their recorded TV content from a standalone TiVo Series 2 standalone digital video recorder to their Windows XP-based and Media Center PCs, Windows Mobile (TM) -based Portable Media Centers, Pocket PCs or Smartphones using new TiVoToGo software"
The TiVoToGo model makes Portable Media Center devices a lot more interesting, but I'm not thrilled with the prospect of kids watching MTV junk on their schoolbuses etc.