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Microsoft launches Electronic Programming Guide

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Bangalore, May 5 (UNI) Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. today launched its latest offering, the Electronic Programming Guide (EPG) for Windows XP Media Center PCs, to enable Indian users to control their TV entertainment experience.

EPG was an on screen interactive guide to television programmes which for the first time in India would allow viewers to navigate, select, discover and record shows across more than 80 TV channels in the country. The service would be integrated into the Windows XP Media Center PCs and would be available to users for free, a Microsoft release here said.

Microsoft India Director for Windows Client Business Group Rishi Srivastava said ''TV as an entertainment medium provides limitless choices to the consumer today. Presently their TV consuming time is undirected and cluttered. We believe that the Electronic Programming Guide will help consumers take control of their entertainment experience by helping them watch their favorite programme any time, any where.'' The Microsoft Windows XP Media Center PC combined the functionality of a PC, TV, Radio, DVD player and Media Player, and served as a home entertainment hub. Microsoft was the first company to bring an integrated PC platform to the market, which also provided the ability to Pause Live TV. EPG adds to this functionality, by serving as an electronic search engine, which promised to make life simpler for everyone from the avid TV watcher to the occasional TV viewer.

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