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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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YouView IPTV DVR detailed: launching 1H 2011

YouView IPTV DVR detailed: launching 1H 2011

UK digital content partnership Project Canvas has spawned its commercial service, YouView, promising to bring IPTV to British households through a new set-top box.  Backed by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 - as well as BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva - the YouView service will support catch-up streamed TV, pay-per-view on-demand content and a DVR for regular free-to-air Freeview digital TV broadcasts.

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