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Sunday, May 08, 2005

What is a Media Center PC - back to basics for newcomers

Q. What is a Media Center PC?

A. Media Center PCs are computers that run the Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Operating System. Media Center PC's allow users to enjoy digital entertainment on their PC or hook the computer up to a TV System, your home theatre etc.

Media Center PCs allow you to:
• Listen to music through speakers attached to your PC or through your home audio system.
• Watch TV programming (broadcast, cable, or satellite) on your computer monitor.
• Use your computer's hard drive to record and store television programs and play them back later (time shifting), making the computer a DVR (digital video recorder).
• Edit your digital photographs and display them in digital slideshows.
• Edit your digital home movies.
• Listen to local and Internet radio.
• Record music and video files to CD or DVD format so they can be played on other computers, CD and DVD Players, sound systems, etc.

Many computer manufacturers offer Media Center PCs, including, Dell, Gateway, HP and Alienware, among others.
Dell Media Center PC HP Digital Entertainment Centers HP Entertainment Desktop PCs Alienware Media Center PCs Gateway Media Center PC

I am sure there is a lot more I could have included but for the unitiated, this is a good simple explanation of what Media Centre is all about.

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