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Connected Planet.

Electronics giant Philips has rolled out the first set of its ‘Connected Planet’ products at CES 2004 in the US (wot, you thought the Ferret was going to avoid the CES news blag? Tsk!). The Philips Streamium range will feature products which connect up with the Internet and with each other using a variety of wireless technologies, including WiFi, broadband and Near Field Communications tech.

* The new 23″ Streamium FlatTV incorporates both WiFi and wired Ethernet connections which can stream audio and video from the Internet or from a nearby PC.
* The MX6000i 5 disc changer DVD home cinema features WiFi, Ethernet and PC links and costs $799.00.
* The new DSR708 and DSR704 HDD/DVD PVRs will be the first such devices in the world to feature an in-built Electronic Program Guide as well as the full TiVo service.

‘Key DSR708 features include: the TiVo Season Pass�, which automatically records every episode of a favorite show each time the program airs, and TiVo WishList� which finds and records DIRECTV programming based on searching by favorite actors, directors, interests or keywords. In order to further ensure the viewer does not miss anything, the DSR708 and the DSR704 also feature the DIRECTV Advanced Program Guide� which offers users the ability to browse upcoming programming and events up to 14 days before they air.’

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