HP gave the UK press a first look at its MediaSmart Home Server today, ahead of its retail launch on 1st December. The 5.5in wide by 9.8in high server box comes in 500GB or 1TB (terabyte) versions and is designed to be a central storage device for whole families’ media and entertainment content.
Those accessing don’t need to be in physical proximity to the HP MediaSmart Home Server, either. You (or anyone else you furnish with the necessary access details), can log in via a browser-like address such as http://[email protected] and navigate to the photos, music, TV or video you want. It can then be played back on any connected device.
While the Media Home Server is as much a Microsoft initiative as it is an HP one (HP is merely among the first to launch a product showcasing the concept), owners won’t be limited to using it with Microsoft’s Windows Media Player software. Microsoft unveiled the concept of the Home Media Server at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.
As well as acting as a central repository for disparate family members and friends to store and access media, it can be used for simple home publishing. For example, HP’s MediaSmart includes Web PhotoShare software so users can identify favourite images and then post them to a shared site for others to view. Since the Home Media Server acts like any other server, physically hosting content, the Web PhotoShare software is able to offer site visitors the option of downloading the
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