by Russell Beattie
1 March 2005
"TiVo plus NetFlix might be nice if it ever comes about. But honestly, I don't need another hard drive and low-powered computer sitting on my TV, I just need it to play the video that my computer is serving up. Is there a device out there which does this already?"
It is still early, but in many ways the MCE Extender and various Windows Connect devices definitely bring us closer to this goal. The Extender device becomes even more interesting as Microsoft morphs XP Home and XP Media Center into a single consumer OS. If that shift happens (any bets on Longhorn?) then Extender becomes a powerful platform that allows content owners to extend their brand directly to the TV, bypassing existing distribution channels. Obviously this
interests us greatly.