Who Needs A DVD When You Have A Microsoft Media Center?

from the but,-what-about-my-DVD-collection? dept

Well, I'm sure some folks will make a bigger deal out of this than necessary, but Bill Gates is now claiming that the DVD has no future. He believes in 10 years it will be completely obsolete. As he says, it makes no sense for people to be carrying around portable media that can get scratched, lost or broken. While the Inquirer then knocks Gates by pointing out he once predicted the internet had no future either, this prediction really isn't that ridiculous. As overall storage and broadband connections grow, it may become pointless to ever carry around a DVD. Some might say the process has already started (though, with questionable legality in some circles). Of course, what isn't mentioned is that Gates hopes that what used to be your DVD collection will, instead, reside on a Microsoft powered "Media Center" that you can access from anywhere.
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  1. identicon
    Bob Dole, 14 Jul 2004 @ 10:39am

    Convergence TV & PC

    I love TV & PC convergence !
    I have a TV tuner card in my 21 inch monitor & relish being able to surf, work & multitask while my favorite DVD or TV show is playing in a small window.

    I couldn't imagine owning a TV without a TV tuner card and have them in all three of my PC's @ home.

    Cheapo cards can be had for as little as $ 50.00

    Check out: http://www.hauppauge.com/pages/prods.html

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