If you own a PC, then you have the ability to hook up your computer to your HD television screen. This is something college students and young adults have been doing for almost a decade. But, there’s still some sort of barrier for older PC users, who still think web video is only supposed to be seen on a 12-inch monitor. Maybe a new development on Windows 7 is going to help bridge this gap. Fast Company reports on what they are calling “arguably Microsoft’s best innovation of the decade: Windows Media Center.” The premise behind the Media Center is that it allows you to stream online video (think Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, SnagFilms, etc.) on your home television system. Here are some more details:
Unlike other options–set-top boxes and fancy Blu-ray players–it uses your home computer as the video streaming device, meaning you can add services, browse robustly and even record video like a DVR by patching your cable or satellite TV through your PC. And again, it’s all wireless.
Because the extra hardware you need (i.e., the “extender”) is just a wireless dummy, you’re not sinking money into some soon-to-be-obsolete gizmo, and you’re not limiting yourself to just one service (Hulu and Netflix almost never appear side-by-side on streaming devices.) Your Netflix, your Hulu, your TiVo, even your channel guide gets better when it’s all replaced by a Windows 7 PC.