HOME ENTERTAINMENT HUBS

The home entertainment devices that will be hot next Christmas are taking shape. At the recent Consumer Electronics Show, a new company demonstrated the MoxiMedia Center, which combines a cable or satellite TV receiver, a personal video recorder (like Tivo or Replay), a DVD player, and a digital music jukebox, along with cable or DSL access.

Some analysts say Microsoft will have a device named HomeStation on the market by the fall. It’s not clear yet if the project will see the light of day, but the informed speculation is that it will play XBox games along with all the other features – personal video recorder, DVD player, digital jukebox, Internet access. Interesting stuff.