EngagetHD: HP MediaSmart Connect brings digital media to your HDTV


The folks over at EngagetHD have a picture gallery up of the slick looking HP MediaSmart Connect extender. It can be a DLNA compliant extender for just about any source, or it can be an Media Center version 2 extender. It’s a sexy beast, and also subject of the upcoming webinar HP and Microsoft are holding. Our very own Missing Remote staff member Mike Garcen (aka ShadyMG) will be on the panel of experts, along with some other well known Media Center bloggers like Ian Dixon from The Media Center Show podcast, Ed Bott from ZD Net, and Patrick Norton (best known from The Screen Savers on the now long defunt TechTV network).


Yeah, you may be burning that midnight oil, but your weariness isn’t the reason you’re certain you’ve seen this thing before. Touted at CES as the MediaSmart Receiver, the re-dubbed MediaSmart Connect is finally available for pre-order. Just as we heard before, this unit takes full advantage of Extender for Windows Media Center technology, and although it possesses no internal storage space, it will pull in digital media from around your home (and a variety of online media outlets) and pipe it straight to your HDTV. The unit plays nice with other UPnP- and DLNA-compliant devices and includes 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, an Ethernet port, HDMI / component jacks and support for MPEG2/4, DivX, XviD, WMV, MP3, WMA, AAC, JPEG and BMP files (among others). Prospective buyers can get their order in today for $349.