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Vying for Remote Control -Companies Scramble for a Niche as Computers and Televisions Merge

December 1, 2005View for printing

The race is on to merge the two most powerful entertainment boxes in the home.

The marriage of the television and the computer moved a step closer yesterday when the giant chipmaker Intel Corp. unveiled its vision for using a new technology that blends the two devices. Intel said it is working with more than 40 companies around the world in the movie, music, television, gaming and photo-editing fields to deliver content to computers using the technology called Viiv (rhymes with five).

Due out early next year, Viiv-equipped computers are designed to control the overall entertainment experience. They turn a television into a computer screen with the capability of performing any computer task, including searching the Internet. Operated by remote control, the system will be able to show a movie on the television while downloading music for later listening. The computer will turn on instantly like a television and with an add-on feature will record, pause and rewind live television programs. An entertainment center operated by a Viiv-platform computer will be able to connect to other devices, such as DVD players and portable media players.

By Steven Levingston Washington Post Staff Writer

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