Though Microsoft did not disclose details of the product, MSN TV General Manager Sam Klepper said in an interview with CNET News.com last week thatthat targets the Internet-savvy buyer rather than the technology neophyte is being developed. According to a source, the device will have an estimated price of $199.
Klepper added that the gadget will have broadband and home-networking capabilities, being able to stream video and music from the Internet or from files stored on a PC, and also grab photos from e-mail or from a PC's hard drive for a living room slide show.
In 1997, MSN TV service lets subscribers use their TVs--in conjunction with an Internet receiver, or set-top box, and a special keyboard and remote--to surf the Web and send and receive e-mail and instant messages.--later renamed MSN TV--in a $425 million deal, marking the software company's entry into the digital convergence arena. The current
The new system, a complete overhaul of Microsoft's existing set-top box, will hit shelves by the 2004 holiday shopping season, according to a statement from Microsoft. Thomson also makes the current version of the box.