Acer's gateway for digital home

The current trend towards digital convergence has moved renowned PC vendor Acer to develop the MG3001 Media Gateway, along with a new range of LCD televisions as part of the company’s strategy to provide comprehensive solutions for the digital home.

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By  Jane Plunkett Published  July 10, 2005

The current trend towards digital convergence has moved renowned PC vendor Acer to develop the MG3001 Media Gateway, along with a new range of LCD televisions as part of the company’s strategy to provide comprehensive solutions for the digital home. The Media Gateway, which is due for release in August, is an interface designed to act as a critical building block for the home, linking together all consumer electronic equipment like PCs, music centers, mp3 players, digital cameras, game consoles and wireless devices. “We’re at a phase of convergence where we are seeing consumer electronics and personal computing coming together in the home, said David Drummond, business manager, LCD TV. “A merger of the two worlds is coming, driven by the availability of digital content on the web, which is now competing with traditional consumer electronic formats like DVD, satellite TV, audio CD and so people are finding they are accessing a whole bunch of content on their PC that they would be happy to manage on their PC, for instance photographs and downloads, but which they would like to view on their TV,” he added. The Media Gateway allows users to access all their consumer electronic devices through one, multi-directional gateway. For example, it enables users to view the internet on their TV, while also allowing PCs to connect to satellite and other traditional formats like DVD and CD. Photographs, music videos and other entertainment downloaded on the PC can now be viewed more comfortably on the television set, thanks to the Media Gateway Acer claims. According to Drummond, previously content on the PC was worlds apart from consumer electronic content. The Media Gateway bridges the separation of these two worlds. “From that point of view it is more of a personal computer world type of device,” Drummond said. “It is the final bridge that bridges these two worlds where previously you either had content in the PC side of the house or you had it in the consumer electronic side of the house,” he added.

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