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CES: Microsoft to unveil Windows set-top box for HDTVs

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 04 Jan 2011 9:18

CES: Microsoft to unveil Windows set-top box for HDTVs The Seattle Times has reported today that Microsoft will launch a Windows-powered HDTV set-top box at the ongoing CES event.
Microsoft, which showed off the software (Media Center running on Windows Embedded Compact 7) earlier in the year, will release the set-top later this year, pricing it at around $180-200.

Says the paper:
They'll pose a serious challenge to the new Apple and Google TV devices, largely because the Windows boxes have a polished and familiar TV-program guide that makes it easy to blend and navigate both online and broadcast content.

The device will directly rival Google's Google TV, and Apple's second-generation Apple TV, both of which were introduced this year.

Speculatively, the paper says Microsoft may also be looking to take on TiVo and other DVRs.

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