Computer- and internet-delivered media content to the living room is big business. Or at least, it will be. For those of us looking for a decent all-in-one computer-based media system for the living room, there's quite an array of choice, but not much in the way of standards.
Any system with decent graphics and sound can be the backbone to a decent media system. All the other bits and pieces are really down to personal choice. The only limiting factor so far has been your choice of operating system. If you want a Windows-based solution, then you are either looking at Windows XP with a third-party media centre application on top, or Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE).
There's a problem either way - Windows XP can be purchased non-OEM so you can build your own system if you're so inclined, and have the time and expertise to make it work. If you don't, then Windows MCE is for you, but that can only be purchased OEM. So, it's off to the computer store you go.
System manufacturers have invested a lot of money into creating MCE systems, but again there's a lack of standards. A machine running MCE could be running absolutely anything under the hood.
Into the fray comes Intel Viiv, released earlier this year. It's not so much a technology as a set of technologies, all designed to give manufacturers a set of system guidelines, and consumers the guarantee that their new system is up to a particular ratified standard. Leveraging off this is the whole "Viiv experience" - content and downloads available to the proud owner of a Viiv system.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Viiv under the Hood - Hardware]
- Page 3 [Viiv under the Hood - Software]
- Page 4 [Digital Rights Management (DRM)]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- LG's new 'world's first' 77-inch flexible 4K OLED teased
- GIGABYTE's new AMD EPYC motherboard supports 1TB of RAM
- AMD Radeon RX Vega price will be 'excellent'
- Bungie is making PC specific tweaks to Destiny 2
- Project CARS 2 will run upscaled res on Xbox One X
- GA-X58A-UD3R wake on lan problem
- In Win 301 Mini-Tower Chassis Review
- Best bang for your buck: AC1900 Wireless Routers
- ADATA XPG SX8000 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review
- repairing rj45 port on g751j laptop
- Logitech Circle 2 will be compatible with Amazon Echo Show
- Synology introduces DiskStation DS1517 and DS1817
- Deep Silver and 4A Games are proud to announce Metro Exodus
- Microsoft premieres Xbox One X, world's most powerful console
- Phison gears up for mobile phone market with PS8226 3D NAND eMMC 5.1 controller