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Philips has announced the launch its first ever Media Center PC at the IFA technology show in Berlin – and it claims it has better video playback than any of its rivals.
The Philips Showline Media Center MCP 9350 sports a 3GHz Pentium 4 processor and 250GB hard drive for recording videos and storing your music and photo collections. As well as the standard Media Center features – the ability to pause and record live TV, and playback content to screens anywhere around your house – the Showline also boasts imporoved Natural Motion video playback.
Another technology specific to Philip’s Media Center is LikeMusic, a technology that analyses the song you’re currently listening to and suggests similar-sounding tracks to follow. Best best of all – in our humble opinion – is the living room-friendly enclosure that will enable you to have a computer under your TV without anyone noticing. The MCP 9350 will be available later this year and will cost around €1500 (£1000) without screen.
Another part of Philips’ Connected Planet range of wireless products is the Wireless Music Center, a hard drive-based music server that will rip up to 750 albums from CD and serve them to up to 5 client units around the house. It’s not a new idea, but at €1000 (£650) for the server and one client, it’s significantly cheaper than many rivals. It’s also designed to be plug-and-play – so even those of us without a degree in wireless networking should be able to set them up. Phew.