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H-P Joins Electronics Bonanza

The company unveils a new line of flat-panel televisions and notebooks.

With its sights set on the growing market for consumer electronics,


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rolled out a barrage of new products Wednesday.

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The Palo Alto, Calif., company introduced a variety of new flat-panel televisions, notebook PCs and other gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, assembling what it described as the most comprehensive line of digital entertainment products and services in the company's history.

A "who's who" of technology companies are gathered at CES this week to show off their newest consumer-oriented products. H-P underscored its commitment to portray itself as more than just a computer and printer company by introducing a line-up of nine flat-panel digital televisions, ranging in size from 37-inch screens to giant, 62-inch displays.

According to H-P, the 37-inch H-P Advanced Digital Media LCD TV boasts a variety of innovations not typically associated with televisions. The television allows viewers to connect directly over the Internet to services like CinemaNow and MovieLink to access archives of more than 4,000 movies, as well as to stream high-resolution video and slideshows to the TV from their PCs.

"H-P's heritage of advanced technology, support and services enables us to connect a rich suite of digital entertainment and imaging products in ways no other company can," said Satjiv Chahil, senior vice president of marketing, Personal Systems Group, H-P. "This integration gives consumers a compelling entertainment experience that helps them to easily capture, share, print and enjoy their digital content anywhere and anyway they want."

H-P also introduced four new consumer notebooks with features like integrated Webcams, as well as seven new pocket-sized digital cameras and a new media center desktop PC.