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Microsoft Xbox LIVE Diamond subscription IPTV tipped for E3 2011

Microsoft Xbox LIVE Diamond subscription IPTV tipped for E3 2011

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.

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Microsoft Project Orapa IPTV on Xbox coming at E3 2011?

Microsoft Project Orapa IPTV on Xbox coming at E3 2011?

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.

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Why I Can’t Stand Hulu Plus

Why I Can’t Stand Hulu Plus

As someone who streams Netflix content through several different devices, including my HDTV, the iPad, and others, I recently decided to give some other streaming offerings a chance to win my affection. My first choice among the many out there was Hulu Plus.

Now, I should note that I’ve used Hulu quite often. While I’m having lunch, I’ve been known to surf to Hulu’s Web site and watch some episodes of shows I might have missed recently. I guess you could say that I’ve been a Hulu veteran for quite some time now.

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Hybridcast “Dual Stream” promises broadcast Full HD 3D

Hybridcast “Dual Stream” promises broadcast Full HD 3D

While there are an increasing number of broadcast TV channels offering 3D HD content, so far the limitations of side-by-side transmission means that resolution tops out at 720p, rather than Full HD 1080p. The engineers at the Japanese NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories reckon they've got the solution, TechOn reports, with their Hybridcast "Dual Stream" 3D system, pairing broadcast with a sync'd IPTV feed.

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Why Do I Pay for Advertising Supported TV

Why Do I Pay for Advertising Supported TV

Did you know that on average during an hour long television show you are subjected to 22-24 minutes of ads? Now of course many of us have DVRs and we rarely watch TV live, allowing us to skip the ads. Still TV used to be free and the ads supported the network costs. In 10 years we will look back and reflect on how archaic TV was.

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Silverlight for Xbox 360 imminent with Windows Phone gaming ahead of Windows 8 app store

Silverlight for Xbox 360 imminent with Windows Phone gaming ahead of Windows 8 app store

Microsoft is reportedly planning to imminently add Silverlight support to the Xbox 360, with an announcement of the update tipped for MIX11 next week. According to WinRumors sources, Microsoft's engineers have been hard at work on the functionality "for some months" and could potentially be looking to allow Windows Phone developers to bring their apps over from the smartphone to the console.

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Microsoft TV project gets new hardware-expert boss

Microsoft TV project gets new hardware-expert boss

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.

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Motorola buys IPTV specialist Dreampark for multi-screen video streaming

Motorola buys IPTV specialist Dreampark for multi-screen video streaming

Motorola Mobility has snapped up IPTV software specialist Dreampark, intending to wrap up the company's cross-platform TV portal system in Motorola Medios. Dreampark offers a scalable middleware for streaming video content over multiple pipelines, whether 3G mobile, 4G, cable or terrestrial, with scaling to suit various screen sizes. Motorola follows HTC in investing in media companies for streaming content access, potentially adding a new layer of differentiation in their tablet and smartphone ranges.

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Microsoft IPTV plans could put Mediaroom on Silverlight STBs

Microsoft IPTV plans could put Mediaroom on Silverlight STBs

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.

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