p2pnet.net News:- "The dream of bringing an abundance of digital TV programs and video to living rooms via the Internet edged forward Monday as Microsoft and Scientific-Atlanta, a major TV set-top device maker, announced an agreement to work together," says the Miami Herald.
"Microsoft would provide the software operating system and Scientific-Atlanta would make the set-top boxes that would let people access and control all their digital content – video, photos, music – from one place. The two companies’ technologies would support the rollout of Internet-based TV by telecom giant SBC."
Some dream. Where Microsoft is concerned, there’s no such thing as a ‘joint venture’. There’s merely the appearance of one. And for "that would let people access and control all their digital content," read the exact opposite.
The partnership is part of a carefully orchestrated, long-term plan under which the corporate cartels are singly and collectively striving to make sure you don’t see or hear anything not directly or indirectly pre-approved by them, and that you don’t see or hear it on hardware and software other than theirs.
"SBC is, in fact, acting a bit like a corporate matchmaker," IPTV analyst Maribel Lopez is quoted as saying. "The telecom providers are playing a large hand in dictating who should partner together. It makes sense they want all those players working together."
But, "The new digital technology will not replace TVs," the Herald has another analyst, Tim Bajarin, saying. Rather, "IPTV boxes will sit atop or near the TVs and allow people to access digital video as well as control or move it to TVs or PCs around the house."
Bill and the Boyz are working with SBC and Verizon on their IPTV products, "hoping the new digital entertainment technology would provide another avenue for growth". Moreover, they’re buttering their bread on both sides.
"Microsoft also is working with Motorola, the other major TV set-top manufacturer," says the Herald, adding, "Microsoft is just now putting the final touches on its first version of IPTV software."
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Miami Herald – Microsoft in venture to develop Internet TV, August 30, 2005