Still a long way to go warns HP

The move to make the PC a hub for entertainment content is still some way off according to a leading industry figure in the Middle East.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  January 18, 2004

The move to make the PC a hub for entertainment content is still some way off according to a leading industry figure in the Middle East. “The convergence has been going on for a while now,” said Thomas Greve, category manager, Desktops and Workstations, Personal Systems Group, HP Middle East. “We have seen PCs migrating from purely data devices to become more and more like multimedia devices.” “However, this is still only taking place in the study or in the bedroom. What we haven’t seen much of so far is the move where the PC moves into the living room.” There has been a similar sluggish start on the networking side of things with wireless home networking still to reach the region’s home market. “There is a level of integration today that is primarily cable based,” said HP’s Greve. “The issue on the wireless connectivity is that you have two standards. One is the Bluetooth, which is a very personal connection, but in a limited range. The other is 802.11 [and] those wireless standards, so far, are only seeing adaptation in the commercial space. We are yet to see home users getting into it.”

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