Media Center PCs were first introduced in Australia in 2004, but thus far, they've failed to capture the imagination -- not to mention the pocketbooks -- of Australian consumers.
That's not to say that they haven't been around, it's just that few people understand why they would want or need a PC connected to their home entertainment system. But with the launch of Microsoft's new operating system, Windows Vista, which has Windows Media Center built-in to its Home Premium and Ultimate versions, as well as vendors designing more lounge-friendly PCs, we just might see renewed interest.
HP is doing its part, believing people have to see a Media Center system in action to "get" it. The company kitted out a big trailer with five networked PCs and an Xbox 360 and took it to Sydney's Royal Easter Show, where tired families could get out of the heat for a few minutes, play with HP's newand then sit down to watch a Media Center demo (and the new Shrek trailer) streamed from the network to an Xbox 360 in the 'Entertainment Central' lounge.
If you didn't get to the Easter Show -- or Moomba, or one of the other events on the HP Entertainment Central tour -- watch our video to see what you missed.
Crowds line up to enter HP's Entertainment Central at Sydney's Royal Easter Show