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by Susan Twombly, Dec. 2008

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Want to get more out of your HDTV and the digital content you love? You can with the HP MediaSmart Connect. As an advanced digital media receiver, the HP MediaSmart Connect bridges the gap between your HDTV and your home network – turning your HDTV2 into a connected TV.

That means you can stream digital movies, photos, music, videos and more from the PCs around your house to your HDTV2 through your wired or wireless home network. 3

So, you can celebrate your digital content in new ways – like viewing it on a hi-def2 “big screen” with surround sound. You can also connect with other online media, like digital movies, TV shows or Internet radio. 4, 5

All this makes the HP MediaSmart Connect a practical way to spread some digital magic this season – bringing your digital entertainment and your holidays to life.

Set your media free

Combined, your family may have hundreds of songs and photos and hours of digital movies and home videos stored on multiple devices around the house. Whether they’re on a desktop PC in the den running Windows® Vista®6, a notebook in the home office running Windows XP or other network attached storage devices7 on the network, the HP MediaSmart Connect can find them and free them for enjoyment on your HDTV.

With built-in wired and wireless networking capabilities and support for a vast array of wireless standards (even the ‘super fast’ 802.11n standard8), connecting to your content and streaming it to your HDTV can be fast and easy.

HP MediaSmart Connect also aggregates and organizes your digital content into music, video and photo categories. So, it’s incredibly easy to browse your entire media library to find and play what you want.

Want to access your digital entertainment without powering up your PCs? Then keep your favorite content on other mass-storage media devices, like the optional HP Pocket Media Drive. 9 It holds up to 320GB of content and slips easily into a built-in drive bay on the HP MediaSmart connect. Two USB ports can also provide direct access to content on other storage devices.

So, unearth those family photos buried on your hard drives … feast your ears on the sound of digital music playing on your HDTV/Home theater system …and get your ticket to an HD2 home theater with the HP MediaSmart Connect.

Extend the Windows Media Center experience

As an Extender for Windows Media Center, the HP MediaSmart Connect links your HDTV to your PCs running the Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate operating systems.

So, you can experience an expanded range of online games, music, videos, Internet TV and other on-demand services only available through Windows Media Center. 10 This includes top entertainment services, like FOX Sports, Showtime and CinemaNow. 4 And, you can stream your entire digital media library directly to your HDTV and view it, organized in a familiar Windows Media Center environment, by title, artist or even cover art.

Don’t want to miss your favorite TV shows? An electronic program guide lets you set your PC to record a TV show in advance, like a digital video recorder (DVR). 11 You can also search for TV shows by actor, subject or title or read plot descriptions, actor bios and more.

Access a world of online entertainment

The HP MediaSmart Connect brings new and exciting entertainment experiences to your HDTV. Choose from thousands of blockbuster digital movies, videos and more via CinemaNow’s online catalog. 4, 5 Use Snapfish, HP’s online photo sharing services, to store and share photos with friends and family5 or play slideshows directly on your HDTV. Even mix in music from your PC to liven up the show.

Tap into Live365, 5 one of the largest Internet Radio Networks, for free access to digital music that spans a variety of genres. Or listen in to hundreds of stations with additional paid subscription services.

Best of all, you can access this vast world of online entertainment with a single remote control.

Spread some digital magic

Now you can wrap your HDTV into your home network and wrap up your shopping at the same time. Learn what the HP MediaSmart Connect can do to make your digital streams and holiday dreams come true today for a magical entertainment experience.

(1) Product must be purchased from HP between 12/12/08 – 12/19/08. Rebate requests must be postmarked within 45 days of purchase date.

(2) HD content required for HD performance.

(3) Wireless home network required and sold separately.

(4) Downloaded content or VIP services may require additional fees.

(5) Internet access required and not included.

(6) Certain Windows Vista* product features require advanced or additional hardware. See*/getready/hardwarereqs.mspx and*/getready/capable.mspx for details. Windows Vista* Upgrade Advisor can help you determine which features of Windows Vista* will run on your computer. To download the tool, visit www.windowsVista*.com/upgradeadvisor.

(7) Network attached storage/servers running UPnP or DLNA compliant server software.

(8) The specifications for the 802.11n WLAN are draft (2.0) specifications and are not final. If the final specifications differ from the draft specifications, it may affect the ability of the device to communicate with other 802.11n WLAN devices.

(9) Not included. Sold separately.

(10) Windows Media Center online media is available only in select countries. Online media services and applications available through Windows Media Center are subject to change.

(11) Requires a PC with an HDTV tuner and HD content required for HD performance.

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