HP intros SL4282N, SL4782N connected HDTVs, updates Media Center Extender software on older models

Finally we're seeing some real devices leverage Microsoft's Extenders for Windows Media Center platform, and HP's first on the scene of the "new" platform with embedded hardware in its two new HDTVs, the 42-inch SL4282N, and 47-inch SL4782N.

  • Native 1080p panel (with HP's Visual Fidelity Engine)

  • 500cd/m² brightness, 2000:1 contrast ratio, 176° viewing angle, 6ms response, 3:2 pulldown

  • (3) HDMI, (2) component, (2) composite / S-Video, (1) VGA

  • Integrated 802.11a/b/g/n, Ethernet

  • Front speakers now NXT

  • Functions as a MCE, playing back DivX, XviD, H.264, MPEG-2, and WMV (also has HP's media interface)

  • Built-in ATSC and clear-QAM tuners

But wait, there's more: current MediaSmart HDTV owners will receive a software update that adds the latest Media Center Extender software, giving them access to these new updates and codecs. Of course, now you can forego the buying of the integrated, connected TV if you just want to snag a MediaSmart Receiver (or a 360). They should run $1,900 and $2,400, respectively, when released in the spring.