“Tomorrow is about wireless and broadband media platforms.” – Motorola CEO Ed Zander
Multichannel News reports that Hewlett-Packard in discussions with content providers to bring user-generated content, movie previews and TV shows to a new line of Internet-connected MediaSmart LCD TV sets (see pic below).
According to Multichannel News, HP has a deal with CinemaNow to offer MediaSmart users the ability to browse and purchase or rent more than 4,000 titles directly from the TV set. Videos are downloaded to a consumer’s PC, then streamed wirelessly to the TV.
HP official: “We knew TVs were destined to become connected devices. Sometime down the road, it will be unusual to see a TV that isn’t connected.”
Next up for HP: MediaSmart Server, a network-attached storage device that can hold up to 4 Terabytes of content and serve content to the TV and other devices in the home.
MCN also reports that Motorola is developing a product that will soon allow pay TV customers to transfer videos from digital-video recorders to mobile phones and other wireless devices.
No time-frame, yet.