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HP's Fiorina Champions Digital Media

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show, Carly Fiorina talks up HP's HDTV Media Hub, which combines the capabilities of HDTV, a digital cable set-top box, and a dual-tuner digital video recorder.

"If you dream it, you can do it," Carly Fiorina, Hewlett-Packard's CEO and chairman, told attendees at this week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Friday. "After years of hype, the digital revolution is here bringing the democratization of technology."

HP's job is to accelerate and enable the integration of digital technologies for the consumer, Fiorina said. HP will work on the creation, distribution, and consumption of digital content, including music, television, photography, and printing.

Having previously introduced its Media Center PC as a method of helping users integrate various pieces of digital content in a home or office environment in a PC-centric fashion, HP will next introduce the HDTV Media Hub, which lets users create and manage various pieces of digital media without a PC. "We realize there are people who would rather not use a PC in their living room," Fiorina said.

The media hub, which is scheduled for release in the fall, will combine the capabilities of HDTV, a digital cable set-top box, and a dual-tuner digital video recorder.

Initial services planned for the media hub include an electronic programming guide that will allow users to find and record content; a music information service that automatically supplies song titles, CD artwork, and additional artist information; and an automatic update service that will enable upgrades to the devices as new services are added.

Fiorina said HP also plans to introduce 17 HDTVs and home-theater projectors based on the HP-developed "visual fidelity" technologies, such as its "wobulation" technology, which enables twice the resolution of current digital projection systems without increasing cost.

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