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Circuits Coins the Term "Entertainment Server" for Devices Like TiVo

Today's New York Times Circuits column talks about the future of the Entertainment Server in America's Living Room. What's an entertainment server? It's the latest name for devices like TiVo and SonicBlue ReplayTV, although it may also be what evolves from the current Xbox and a few other devices that no one has yet.

All of the anticipated functionality already exists. What the article talks about is convergence of some or all of these functions into a single box: personal video recording, digital asset management, video game play. The article foresees the Entertainment Server as the second peripheral attached to the TV in the living room or family room. The first peripheral, of course, is the set-top box for cable or satellite TV.

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