Pinnacle's new Showcenter 200 brings HD features after "broadcasting" sound, video and photographs around the home. More compact, the 200 also provides a front-mounted USB socket (for connecting a hard disk) and uPnP compatibility.
It's now possible - and affordable - to move up to digital recording by replacing your faithful old VCR with a digital video recorder. The presence of a hard disk to back up the DVD burner has radically changed the role of the TV watcher - instead of being a mere passive participant, the viewer is now an active protagonist who can interact with the TV, even in real time.
At a time when most of the major players in digital leisure are moving towards convergent solutions, Sony has launched the PSP, a portable multimedia console that couldn't be more proprietary. Beautiful to look at and stuffed with the latest technology, it's undeniably attractive - which only makes its flaws and limitations all the more infuriating.