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Philips Media Center

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 10:00 am
by Bas
With the Philips MCP 9350i Media Center, launched in October, Philips finally re-enters the computer market for home entertainment. In some way I can think of no better successor to the cd-i system. While the ‘Media Centers’ were privileged as a normal PC in the past years, it becomes clear the systems are perfectly suitable in the living room, just as how game consoles (including cd-i) already were.

Using Wi-Fi you can hook up all kinds of devices to the Media Center, they are again advertising to use Internet on your TV; watch your personal video’s and pictures; play (online) games and it’s your audio system all in one great machine.

It’s really like a deja-vu. We’ve all seen this before! Obviously, like we already knew, the compact disc interactive system was ahead of its time…

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Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 1:18 am
by Devin
Seems to be one or two "Ghosts in the Shell" at Philips :roll:

Convergence seems to be the new buzz word for multimedia nowadays! To think that 10 years ago they were criticisng CD-i for doing too much that it confused the market. Amazing how things turnaround isn't it, I wonder what would happen if Philips launched a machine today at the power of a PS2 but with all the multimedia functions of the above machine.

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 3:22 am
by omegalfa
You're right Devin... to see that the CD-i technology is not included or not compatible with this new machine show that Philips have definitely put apart more than 10 years of development... It's sad...