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Microsoft signs an IPTV deal with Telecom Italy

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 11 Sep 2004 10:02 User comments (1)

Microsoft signs an IPTV deal with Telecom Italy Microsoft hasn't buried its old TV ambitions, but has instead revamped the whole concept into something that it calls as IPTV. Company's idea is to provide a service for telecom companies where they could offer their DSL (and other types of broadband services, naturally, even though cable companies aren't probably too interested of the concept..) subscribers a set-top box that would connect to their TVs and broadband Net connection instead of traditional cable network, and stream TV content over the IP networks.
Microsoft just announced a deal with Telecom Italy to run trials of the IPTV in Italy to selected group of Telecom Italy's customers. Thomson has developed the set-top boxes used in the service and will start distributing the units under two of its brand names -- Thomson and RCA. Boxes support variety of video codecs, including the traditional MPEG-2 alongside with Microsoft's own WMV9 and MPEG-4 (advanced profile and H-264).


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112.9.2004 9:21

Pardon my ignorance, but is this really necessary? Frankly, I don't see the point. Isn't this like a minisized version of the Media Home Machine (or similiarily named project) that the Microsoft are currently working on?

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