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[News] British Telecom Adopts Microsoft 'Standards'

BT Vision is go

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| "We think most people are well behind us," said BT retail CEO
| Ian Livingstone. It was even able to wheel out ever erudite
| Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to eulogise the importance of an
| event "that fundamentally changes how consumers are entertained".
| BT chose Microsoft to provide the software powering Vision.



Beeb breaks out with Windows WMA protection

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| According to a press release from Sonos, the blokes over
| at the Beeb have decided to jump ship for relying on
| Realplayer for web content, and have switched over
| entirely to the Windows-friendly WMA format. Now
| that the BBC has made The Big Switch, BBC radio
| stations will be received automatically for users
| of wireless music and radio provider Sonos.


It must be that UK-US solidarity. See below:

European Operators Select Motorola's Linux-Based IP Set-Tops For IPTV

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| Motorola announced that it has been selected by two leading
| telecommunications providers to supply its Linux-based VIP range of
| IP set-tops for IPTV services.


Electronics firms plan Internet televisions

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| The new televisions will use Linux operating systems instead of
| Microsoft Windows, it added. That feature is aimed at cutting the time
| needed to boot up and reducing the risk of virus infection. 


TV Makers to Collaborate on Internet TV Standards

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| The new sets reportedly will be based on the Linux operating system.


Nortel not the only winner at Telus IPTV deal

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| But now it is back as the main contractor in an IPTV deal at Telus - a move 
| that sees the Alcatel system thrown out or sidelined, the Microsoft Alcatel 
| partnership that is dominating tier one telcos, snubbed, and a number of 
| the small fry of the IPTV market getting access to the tasty 5.5m Telus 
| customers this system is aimed at.
| [...]
| Faultline gave a heads up about this contract in May, when we heard that 
| Microsoft's solution was internally rejected.
| [...]
| "To facilitate the rapid adoption of additional third party applications
| as they emerge, it is imperative that the environment be open and 
| standards-based."
| The significance of this contract is that all the big guns from
| Microsoft, Alcatel, Lucent and Siemens were in the bidding and fell by
| the wayside and that Nortel was able to leverage its strength as an
| IP player.
| [...]
| If that results in any new business for Cisco then acquisition of
| Minerva can't be too improbable, and then it would own an end to end
| IPTV system, with or without Microsoft middleware.


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| The Japanese consumer electronics companies aim to develop
| broadband-enabled televisions that can download and display videos from
| the internet wihtout the need for a separate set-top box or computer.
| They plan to establish a common standard for aspects of internet TV,
| based on a Linux operating system.


Verizon takes over Microsoft TV code

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| Unhappy over the memory footprint of applications and delays in rolling 
| them out, Verizon has ditched some of Microsoft's television software and 
| has chosen instead to write its own.


MSNTV2 cluster using Linux!

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| These MSNTVs can be networked together to distribute tasks. The great
| thing about them which made it easier for Niacin was the fact that the
| MSNTV2 had normal PC hardware with a proprietary BIOS. Here's a picture
| of the MSNTV being flashed to run Linux.

Java and Linux based IPTV kit and PVR from Amino showcased 

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| The Amino software is based on open standards such as Linux and Java,
| and Javascript and Java APIs are provided so that third party software
| and devices can interface with the set top box functions. Software
| updates can be delivered remotely using a signed software image
| authorised by the IPTV service provider. The multicast software on
| the head-end also runs on Linux.



SageTV shows love for Linux

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| Fortunately, one of the big names in DVR software, SageTV, has
| been supporting Linux for some time now (there are also other
| Linux-friendly DVR apps, such as MythTV). Sage is now offering a Linuxe
| dition of SageTV 5, including the add-on Placeshifter app, which we
| looked at when it was released for PCs back in April.


MythTV vs Windows Media Centre: is Linux still in with a chance?

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| In terms of functionality, the machines were identical.
| MCE is beautiful to look at and use -- but if had the choice between a 
| swankier interface and saving a few hundred dollars on the cost of the 
| unit, I'd go for saving the money anyday.


Intel Wants Its Cake Both Ways

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| I'm a big fan of open standards myself, and would be happy to see
| Apple's closed platform opened up so I could buy songs through iTunes
| and play them on my Creative (Nasdaq: CREAF) Zen media player. Intel
| is in a position to push Apple into licensing its FairPlay digital 
| rights management scheme to Viiv devices. Giving Apple a free pass
| while everyone else is supposed to get in line makes Intel look like
| a wishy-washy turncoat that doesn't really believe in its own product.
| [...]
| ...Which will it be, Intel: open or closed? Standardized or
| proprietary? Chocolate or strawberry?


Microsoft partners with major players on IPTV Edition-powered SoC STBs

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| With Zune and Vista hogging all the headlines these days, you may
| have forgotten that Microsoft is also hard at work pushing its IPTV
| Edition software platform into living rooms around the world, so the
| software giant decided to take the Broadband World Forum Europe in Paris
| as occasion to remind us just how committed it is to TV over the
| internet.


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