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  • From: Dean Roddey <roddey@US.IBM.COM>
  • To: <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Aug 1998 14:10:15 -0400

>The issue is, that since DTV (digital television) is
>fast approaching and will be here in it's most expensive
>form in 4th quarter '98, the computer tuner in box outside
>of the TV display will cause many to decide..do I spend
>$1500 to $2000 on a computer and have an old analog t.v.
>or do I spend $1500 to $2000 on a new digital television
>that has a computer/tuner box that can get email and browse
>the web.

There is a good bit of "convergence" activity from the Home Theater side of the
aisle as well. Products like the Phillips (?) box, which is a PC, a DVD
a line double, A/V Reciever all in one box. Its not totally cooked yet, but
will probably soon get to the point where people who just want a computer for
the web access aspects will be able to buy a home theater and PC all in one.
Evidentally the Phillips product has an awesome picture becuause its DVD
output goes straight to its internal line double via digital connection (unlike
common situation where very expensive electronics are required to make up
for the many D/A/D/A conversions required with external line doubles.)

Dean Roddey
Software Weenie
IBM Center for Java Technology - Silicon Valley

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