With the recent announcement of the MCE Beta program I wonder if it has to do with this Windows Media Center Extender? I think the next 6 months will bring us some pretty cool gadgets in the personal entertainment arena. The portable MCE, the MCE extender, and the next release of MCE will all probably happen around the same time. Exciting times ahead! Expect the Extender to ship late 2004 through a select set of hardware partners, including Alienware, Dell, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, and Samsung.