BT picks Microsoft TV platform

BT agrees to test Microsoft's new IPTV software platform

BT Group has decided to trial Microsoft's new Internet-based TV platform after one carrier requested more time to iron out the bugs and another opted to pull the plug on the technology altogether.

The British operator has agreed to test the Microsoft TV Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) Edition software platform in the U.K. early next year, the companies said Tuesday in a statement.

The Microsoft technology allows network operators to deliver high-quality video content and services to their customers using their existing and next-generation IP broadband networks. It supports a full set of pay-TV service offerings, including standard and high-definition channels, on-demand programming, digital video recording and interactive program guides.

The BT announcement, however, follows Telstra's decision last week to cancel its deal to use the US company's software.

Telstra dropped out of the Microsoft early adopter program for its end-to-end IPTV software platform, according to Microsoft.

Telstra is not the first company to hit a bump in its plans to deploy IPTV using Microsoft's platform. Swisscom, another Microsoft TV IPTV Edition early adopter, in May delayed the full commercial launch of its IPTV service from the second half of 2005 to sometime next year. The carrier cited problems with finding suitable set-top boxes for the service, as well as technical difficulties with Microsoft software, for the delay.

Prior to the delay, Swisscom had completed Microsoft's early-adopter program and tested Microsoft's IPTV platform with 600 Swiss households in anticipation of the mid-2005 launch of the service, called Bluewin TV.

Microsoft currently has two signed commercial software licensing agreements with two US carriers, SBC Communications and Verizon Communications, to provide IPTV services using Microsoft's platform. Other companies in the early adopter program but which do not have commercial agreements with Microsoft include BellSouth, BellCanada and Deutsche Telekom.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John Blau

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?