HP Pushes into the Living Room

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In her CES keynote, HP CEO Carly Fiorina says the company will release an HDTV media hub and 17 new TVs and projectors in 2005.

LAS VEGAS—Hewlett-Packard Co. is preparing to expand its presence in the living room this year with its first HDTV media hub and 17 new high-definition televisions and home projectors, the company's top executive said here on Friday.

Speaking at a keynote during the International Consumer Electronics Show, HP CEO Carly Fiorina said the HDTV media hub is based on the company's own technology and would be released in the fall. A company spokesperson also confirmed that the hub is based on the Linux operating system.

The HDTV media hub combines HDTV capabilities with a digital cable set-top box and a dual-tuner digital video recorder, she said. It also includes a DVD recorder that can label burned DVDs.

Fiorina demonstrated the upcoming hub along with an HP product manager, showing how consumers could navigate and play a range of digital content and create their own photo slideshow paired with music.

HP already sells its Digital Entertainment Center that is aimed more at PC enthusiasts.

"Some [consumers] don't want PC functionality in the living room but want personalized entertainment," she said about the HDTV hub.

The HDTV hub also will come with three HP-created services: an electronic programming guide; a music information service with song titles and artist information; and a service to feed the hub HP updates.

As for the 17 planned TVs and projectors, they will include a rear-projection and a front-projection model to be ready in the fall, Fiorina said. She didn't offer other details about the upcoming TV and projectors.

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Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for eWEEK.com, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for eWEEK.com. Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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