Home Dot Com
In his speech, Burns also demonstrated how the digital home works by displaying the latest movie content downloaded to Intel's entertainment PC-platform via broadband. The entertainment PC features PC functions, as well as high-fidelity, audio-visual capabilities. For example, a consumer can view a movie on a large-screen TV connected to an entertainment PC and can transfer the content to other digital devices connected to the home network, including a notebook PC. In addition, Burns said that consumers can access broadcast content that's been stored in the PC's networked DVD/HDD recorder. Sound familiar? Think TiVo.
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Of course, the technology that is available now in many ways has the potential to be scalable and work well with the standards of tomorrow. But from Geiger's own experience at Progressive Audio, having a showcase of how the technology works together is an easy way to calm consumer fears at present. Big investments often require this type of assurance, especially when a common question is: Will this device work, not even next year, but five years from now?