Microsoft's Mediaroom allows operators to deliver television over the internet, but the Redmond-based company is handing off the business division to Ericsson, which will continue to support and improve on Mediaroom for now on. Microsoft says they sold off Mediaroom in order to focus more on their Xbox brand.
Microsoft is covertly working on integrating Xbox LIVE and its Mediaroom IPTV platform, in a system that would integrate gamer-style functionality such as avatars and Kinect with streaming multimedia. That's the latest from ZDNet's sources, who claim the project - codenamed Orapa - is on track for a commercial launch by the holiday 2011 season.
Microsoft's plans for IPTV and set-top boxes continue to trickle out, with the latest batch of rumors suggesting it's Mediaroom which will be at the heart of the system. Mediaroom is Microsoft's IPTV platform, licensed out to various carriers and TV/video service providers, and part of the company's Interactive Entertainment Business division; according to ZDNet's sources, not only is Microsoft working on a Windows Phone Mediaroom client, the company is also believed to be developing a Silverlight build for Mediaroom (codenamed "Taos"), a tie-in between Mediaroom and Windows Media Center (codenamed "Monaco") and maybe even a "Santa Fe" Mediaroom/Silverlight STB.
Ericsson is reportedly planning on buying out Microsoft's Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service. The service, called MediaRoom, allows many operators to bring their paid-TV service to a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, computers, as well as video game consoles. If Ericsson successfully purchases the service, it would have another great weapon in its arsenal of software services.
Details of Microsoft's E3 2011 launch have leaked, and as expected it's a new IPTV service baked into Xbox LIVE. The company is putting the finishing touches to Xbox LIVE Diamond, WinRumors' source claims, the official name for the much-rumored Project Orapa. The Diamond TV system will combine existing mediaroom IPTV services and Xbox LIVE, harnessing Kinect-based motion control along with various music and video offerings.
Microsoft is rumored to be readying its Project Orapa for an E3 2011 unveil next week, making official the new home entertainment system blending Mediaroom IPTV with Xbox LIVE. VP Frank Shaw has sewn the speculation seeds this week: "put simply," the exec suggests, "Xbox = entertainment and is core to our entertainment strategy" before going on to recap on the streaming content, Natural User Interface technology and multimedia baked into the Xbox platform as it stands. "We are turning up the heat on a whole new era of home entertainment" Shaw concludes.
Talk of a Microsoft TV project to take on the Apple TV and Google TV has reignited today, with the news that Microsoft has put an experienced hardware exec in charge of its interactive TV business. New corporate VP in charge of Microsoft's TV and Service business Tom Gibbons was previously the head of Microsoft Hardware, the company's peripheral arm, before moving to Windows Phone where he oversaw smartphone hardware reference designs.
Today, sources speaking to The Wall Street Journal have claimed that, at an event in New York City, both Microsoft and AT&T will finally pull the curtain off the upcoming Windows Phone 7-based handsets launching on AT&T this year. These sources don't give out too much information, but there's definitely a running theme here: October 11th seems like the day of days for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.
Microsoft's CES 2010 keynote is only just starting - plagued by power cuts and temperamental on-stage PCs - but already Steve Ballmer's surprise tablet unveil has been scooped. The culprit is, ironically, Microsoft itself, prematurely posting the press release to their media site. As for that mystery tablet, despite pre-show rumors its turned out not to be the Courier; instead, it's turned out to be an as-yet unnamed HP touchscreen device.
Intel Media's Vice President of Engineering, Jim Baldwin, recently left his position at Intel Media, just months before the company is set to debut its Web TV service. An Intel Media spokesperson told GigaOM that "Baldwin left Intel Media to pursue opportunities outside the company.", however GigaOM discovered through Baldwin's Linkedin page that he has retired. Losing a key player shortly before its product is set to launch is sure to be unsettling for Intel Media.