Friday, February 25, 2005

Alcatel & Microsoft develop IP Television

Alcatel and Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday (Feb. 22) a global collaboration agreement to accelerate the availability of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services for broadband operators world-wide.

Under the agreement, the companies will team to develop an integrated IPTV delivery solution leveraging Alcatel's leadership in broadband, IP networking, development, and integration of end-to-end multimedia and video solutions, and Microsoft's expertise in TV software solutions and connected-entertainment experiences across consumer devices.

The companies believe the integrated solution can help service providers reduce deployment costs and shorten time-to-market for IPTV services as they transition to mass-market deployments of IPTV. On-demand video streaming applications, interactive TV, video and voice communications, photo, music and home video sharing, and online gaming are some services that consumers could receive through their multimedia-connected home networks.

Joint initiatives being pursed by both companies include developing custom applications to meet the unique needs of different cultures and markets globally; enhancing application and network resilience for better reliability in large-scale deployment; and integrating content, security and digital rights management to ensure secure delivery of high-quality content throughout the home.

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