ActiveMania working on consumer digital home bundle

Digital entertainment solutions & IPTV specialist provider ActiveMania is developing a consumer PC and digital home services retail bundle that should see the light of day in early 2007.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  December 13, 2006

Digital entertainment solutions & IPTV specialist provider ActiveMania is developing a consumer PC and digital home services retail bundle that should see the light of day in early 2007. Speaking exclusively to Windows Middle East magazine earlier today, the firm’s chief managing consultant, Dr. Gaby Kassab, explained: “We’re in the process of putting together a kit that can be easily installed by the end user that includes a Vista-based entertainment PC, if required.” Due to be marketed as a self-installable digital home solution, this consumer kit will be able to help users not only access their own digital content library through a PC-connected TV and wirelessly connected peripherals, but will be able to link to devices already installed in automated homes, such as those offered by forward-looking property developers in the UAE and beyond. “As soon as you plug this system into the wall, it can recognise UP&P (Universal Plug and Play) protocol devices, such as many new refridgerators. It really is an easy installation that anyone can do,” Kassab added. The kit is set to be offered to end users through different ‘store in store’ retail outlets, such as ones in big consumer electronics stores and power retailers. Pricing is yet to be set. “We’re also in the process of working with Microsoft to develop proof of concept outlets: to demonstrate a mock-up apartment if you will,” Kassab explained. “These could be located in power retailer stores for instance or form a standalone destination for potential customers to visit, both retail and real estate customers. This is important as people really like to ‘touch and feel’ before they experience a new technology.” Earlier this week, ActiveMania and Microsoft announced the ‘ActiSuite’ Connected Home Entertainment solution. Following hot on the heels of ActiveMania’s appointment by Microsoft as a ‘Gold Certified’ partner, this release is being billed as the first Middle East solution to run using Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system and is aimed at the residential, retail and real estate sectors.

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