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Watch TV ‘ live’, at leisure

New Delhi, Nov. 24: The last over of a cricket match, live on TV. India needs eight runs to win against South Africa. Harbhajan Singh taps his bat and gets ready to face Ntini'.

Just then, the wife yells at you to pick up the crying kid. You press the pause button, pick up the kid, walk back to the couch and resume watching the match ' exactly from where you had left it.

You can go ahead and get such a system at your home, free of cost. It’s possible with an Electronic Programming Guide (EPG).

When you pressed “pause”, the feed from the channel got buffered (recorded very fast) into a hard disk. When you started to watch again, the recorded part from the hard disk was played on the screen, resuming the “live” broadcast for you.

Microsoft will offer EPG as a free service to all users of Windows XP Media Center PCs. It will also serve as an electronic TV guide for another interesting programme.

Windows XP Media Center 2005 combines the functions of a TV set, personal computer, radio set, and music and DVD player ' all rolled into one ' and includes DVR (Digital Video Recording) capabilities that allow users to “pause” live TV coverage.

Microsoft is the first vendor to introduce this service in India, which will allow users to search for their favourite programmes by entering key words, phrases or even a specific date and time, and programme their PC to record and play these shows back at their convenience. EPG will be introduced in India by March 2006.

“Microsoft’s consumer offerings provide a fantastic experience to the end-user ' we have products to meet their needs in all areas of entertainment and education, whether it’s related to music, TV and movies, games, communication or sharing their cherished memories,” said Neelam Dhawan, managing director, Microsoft India.

Microsoft Corporation India Pvt Ltd has unveiled a three-pronged strategy aimed at Indian consumers. Besides introducing new products, the company will improve access to its products and technologies, and try and make its offerings more affordable.

The company has also announced that Microsoft will partner over 500 retail centres in India within the next six months.

“The Microsoft retail centres will bridge the gap between the consumer and the need for information on and access to new products,” said Ranjivjit Singh, group director, consumer business, Microsoft India.

“A consumer will be able to come in, look at and play around with our products ' with experts helping her through the process ' and walk away knowing how Microsoft software can help her have more fun, get more done and stay in touch.”

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