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TV technology enters a new generation

The big, bulky tube television is ready to get a leaner look--and to challenge flat panels at their own game. Meanwhile, TV tuners are headed to new PCs.

The big, bulky tube television is ready to get a leaner look--and to challenge flat panels at their own game. Meanwhile, TV tuners are headed to new PCs.

Slimmer tube TVs to challenge flat panels

Old-style television sets due next year to rival flat panels in size--for a much lower price.
Photo: Super-slim TV tubes
November 18, 2004

A thin digital TV, without the fat price

Even in the big-screen era, most people don't spend $6,000 on a TV. Luckily, slim digital sets are getting a lot cheaper.
The New York Times
November 19, 2004

Dell offers Media Center on the cheap

PC maker promotion lets customers upgrade from Windows XP Home to Windows XP Media Center Edition for half the price.
November 18, 2004

Gateway debuts Media Center PCs

Southern California PC maker goes Hollywood with new desktops loaded with Microsoft's latest entertainment-oriented OS.
November 18, 2004

TV deal clicks for Microsoft

News.commentary SBC's decision to go with Microsoft's set-top software signals the start of a big move by phone companies to compete for U.S. television subscribers.
November 17, 2004

SBC taps Microsoft for TV software

SBC Communications will pay $400 million to Microsoft for software used to deliver TV programming over high-speed data lines.
The New York Times
November 16, 2004