Microsoft, Partners Announce “Extenders”
Microsoft on Thursday announced a series of “extenders,” which are meant to allow users to watch Internet content on their televisions, the AP reported. The software giant is teaming up with several partners, including HP, D-Link, Niveus, Linksys, to produce the various extenders, which they plan to have in stores by the holidays.
The extenders are set-top boxes, along the lines of Apple’s Apple TV, which connect wirelessly to PCs running windows, allowing content on the PC hard drive to be viewed on their TVs. Linksys has produced two models- one with a built-in DVD player, and one without- while the other companies will produce one each. HP will work with the extender through an add-on to its MediaSmart LCD TV line.
Microsoft already attempted to release a similar product, the Windows XP Media Center Edition; its XBox 360 has extender functionality as well.