Thursday, September 06, 2007

Microsoft Shatters the PC-to-Television Barrier, Releases First Details on Extenders for Windows Media Center

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Watching a live TV broadcast in the living room, pausing it, and then effortlessly resuming it at the same moment from the bedroom or kitchen will soon become even easier, as Microsoft Corp. provides a first look at the new Extenders for Windows® Media Center platform, which will power a variety of devices to be released this holiday season. A wave of new cool, quiet, home-theater-quality devices from companies such as Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems Inc.; D-Link Corporation; and Niveus Media Inc. may incorporate new features, including live high-definition (HD) video, wireless networking and expanded support for audio and video formats such as DivX and Xvid.

The new Extender devices, which will be unveiled later this month in a variety of innovative form factors and price points, unleash the pictures, music, video content and live TV from a PC running Windows Vista® Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate for viewing and listening on a big-screen TV display for the ultimate entertainment solution.

Microsoft Shatters the PC-to-Television Barrier, Releases First Details on Extenders for Windows Media Center: New devices from Cisco Systems’ Linksys division, D-Link and Niveus Media to bring the ultimate audio/video experience to any room in the home.

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