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HP loses faith in media centre PCs, dumps range

March 29th, 2007 · No Comments

Hewlett-Packard has been a vociferous advocate of the media centre PC. Its Digital Entertainment vision has been dominant at the last two CES expos and the company has spent millions positioning itself at the cutting edge of the digital home. So what is to be made of its decision to drop its Digital Entertainment Center PC line in the States?
The DEC media centre PCs, styled to look like regular consumer electronics, have been axed from the upcoming HP lineup. Apparently the company is refocusing on its MediaSmart flatscreen LCD TVs, which combine screen with Media Centre Extender, instead. According to HP’s Doug Robert, the decision isn’t “a statement about Media Centre PCs. It’s just that we’re discontinuing development.” But as the world’s biggest PC maker turns its back on the form factor, will the wider PC industry also lose faith in the MCE?

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