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HP Unwraps the Ultimate Digital Entertainment Experience for Holiday Shoppers
Three new products enable consumers to easily enjoy pictures, music and moviesLOS ANGELES, Oct. 12, 2004
HP today broadened its consumer electronics portfolio with a suite of new digital entertainment products that makeover consumers' living rooms by tying digital devices together while making the most of Microsoft's latest Media Center Edition operating system.
Delivering on the company's digital entertainment strategy, the products help create new consumer experiences by leveraging HP's rich heritage in the PC and digital photography markets.
As a strategic partner at the Microsoft® Experience More launch in Los Angeles, HP is showcasing three key Media Center solutions: the HP Digital Entertainment Center, HP Media Center Extender and HP Media Center m1100 series Photosmart PC. All feature Microsoft Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 and are available in time for holiday shoppers.
"HP is the only technology company with the experience and innovation necessary to successfully lead the convergence of the computing and consumer electronics industries into the digital entertainment space," said Duane Zitzner, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP. "Thanks in part to our strategic relationships with companies such as Microsoft, we're delivering experiences that allow consumers to easily enjoy their digital content in the living room."
Highlights of these digital entertainment offerings include:
"Consumers have long demanded easy-to-use products that allow them to enjoy their multimedia content wherever they are and for years they have been disappointed," said Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst, The Enderle Group. "Today's news affirms how incredibly focused HP is on this problem and how their unique portfolio of technologies allows them to deliver innovative solutions that create the experiences consumers have so long desired."
"HP was the first to bring a Media Center PC to market, and we are thrilled that we continue to work together to provide consumers new and innovative solutions that offer truly integrated digital entertainment experiences," said Will Poole, senior vice president, Windows client business, Microsoft. "HP is offering consumers a range of Media Center PCs, notebooks and media center extenders, enabling consumers to choose the solutions that best meet their needs and allowing them to enjoy their digital entertainment whenever and wherever they like."
HP Digital Entertainment Center z500 series
Giving consumers more for their living room, the HP Digital Entertainment Center puts all of a user's digital entertainment - TV, music, movies, photos - into one sleek, black, brushed-aluminum device:
HP expects to launch a Digital Entertainment Center that will support ATSC high-definition recording in the first half of 2005.
"Intel and HP share the vision of the digital home enabling consumers to enjoy their favorite content anytime, anywhere and on any device," said Louis Burns, vice president and general manager, Desktop Platforms Group, Intel. "With the introduction of the HP Digital Entertainment Center, entertainment for the living room now has new meaning, allowing consumers easy control and manageability over their digital content. We're proud to work with HP to help bring this product to consumers."
HP Media Center m1100 series Photosmart PC
The HP Media Center m1100 series Photosmart PC uses the Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 operating system's powerful tools to create and manage digital media from music to home movies to photo slide shows. Control it all with one remote control:
HP Media Center Extender x5400
With a sleek and stylish design that fits into existing home entertainment centers, the HP Media Center Extender allows users of the HP Digital Entertainment Center or HP Media Center PC to view recorded TV shows, videos and photos and listen to music files on TVs and stereos throughout a home(5):
More product details and images of HP's digital entertainment offerings are available in an online press kit at http://www.hp.com/go/DECLaunch2004.
Availability and pricing(7)
The HP Digital Entertainment Center, Media Center Extender and Media Center m1100 series Photosmart PCs are expected to be available this month both direct from HP via http://www.hpshopping.com and at retail partners nationwide.
HP is releasing two models of the HP Digital Entertainment Center. The HP z540 Digital Entertainment Center - featuring a single NTSC TV tuner and 160-gigabyte internal hard drive - has an estimated U.S. street price of $1,499. The HP z545-b Digital Entertainment Center - with dual NTSC TV tuners, 200-GB internal hard drive and the HP Personal Media Drive offering an additional 160 GB of removable storage - has an estimated U.S. street price of $1,999.
The HP Media Center Extender has an estimated U.S. street price of $299 and the HP Media Center m1100 series Photosmart PC has an estimated U.S. street price starting at $999 after rebate.
Configure-to-order models of the HP Media Center m1100 series Photosmart PC start at an estimated U.S. street price of $974 after rebate depending on the configuration ordered and are available direct from HP via http://www.hpshopping.com or retail kiosks.
HP also plans to announce a consumer notebook PC featuring the Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 operating system later this fall.
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(1) Wireless access point required and is not included. Availability of public wireless access points limited. Wireless Internet use requires separately purchased Internet service contract.
(2) Users can watch live TV if the tuner is free on receiving Media Center PC or Digital Entertainment Center. If receiving unit has dual tuners then both users can watch live TV simultaneously.
(3) Broadband Internet access required at additional cost.
(4) iTunes is pre-installed on HP Pavilion, HP Media Center and Compaq Presario consumer desktop and notebook PCs.
(5) Max configuration is one wireless Extender and four additional wired Extenders. May need additional PC requirements. Minimum PC requirement may be higher for multiple extender configurations.
(6) Supported file formats only.
(7) Actual pricing may vary.
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