New York Times: The Battle of the Boxes: PC vs. TV (WebTV’s Founder Builds a Linux-based Media Box)

“The Moxi Media Center connects to standard or
high-definition TV’s and to satellite, cable and D.S.L. networks.
It will play DVD’s and CD’s and has hardware connectors that will
make it possible to store digital video and photo data.

The box, which uses the Linux operating system and Macromedia
(news/quote )’s Flash graphics system, will also have a slot for
adding a home wireless network using the new 802.11A standard,
which supports data rates above 54 megabits.

The wireless network will make it possible to connect the Media
Center set-top box to remote televisions with the purchase of a $36
Media Center Extension. The remote television will share all of the
capabilities of the base station, like recording programs, watching
live shows and listening to CD’s. Although it is technically
possible to play DVD’s remotely, because of intellectual property
restrictions that function is not included in the system.”

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