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High-Tech Toys for Your TV: Secrets of TiVo™, Xbox by Steven D. Kovsky

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Chapter 2. Intelligent Television—The Boob Tube Wises Up

Overview of Video IEDs

Among the major categories of Intelligent Entertainment Devices (IEDs)—video, music and gaming IEDs—the new crop of “smart VCRs” has probably generated the greatest amount of excitement in the consumer electronics industry. Why are video IEDs getting so much more attention than their musical and games-based cousins?

Intelligent audio products have taken off in the form of portable MP3 players, but costlier stay-at-home versions have been slower to go mainstream. Intelligent game consoles, on the other hand, are already considered a fairly mature business, even though the addition of new digital and online capabilities—and a new competitor in the form of Microsoft—injected ...

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