HP announced that HP MediaSmart Connect, a digital receiver that brings digital media from around the home or the Internet to any HDTV, is HP MediaSmart Connect can be pre-ordered from Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, CircuitCity.com and Newegg.com. HP MediaSmart Connect includes an HDMI cable, a learning remote control that can control four additional devices, and a $20 CinemaNow movie certificate. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $349. More information is available at www.hp.com/mediasmartconnect.
“With HP MediaSmart Connect, HP is bringing to market a compelling Media Center Extender device,” said Ron Pessner, general manager, Connected TV division, Microsoft. “Connected CE products like these are delivering engaging consumer experiences for today’s digital lifestyle. The new MediaSmart Connect will enable people to extend their entertainment to their HDTV from a Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate-based PC – delivering innovation as a result of our relationship with HP.”
Additionally, the digital media receiver can connect people to a wealth of online content from wherever they watch TV. Consumers can, for example, rent or purchase thousands of day-and-date release movies from CinemaNow, share and purchase photos from Snapfish and discover new Internet radio stations from Live365.
On June 18 at 12 p.m. PT, HP will open a trade-in program for HP MediaSmart Connect. The first 100 participants can exchange their old digital media adapter for a new HP MediaSmart Connect. Details are at www.hp.com/go/mediasmartconnect/tradein.