May 20, 2004 11:47 AM PDT

Comcast tunes into Microsoft TV software

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Microsoft plugs new DVR

May 3, 2004
Comcast Cable, one of the largest cable operators in the United States, on Thursday signed a deal to funnel Microsoft's latest TV software to millions of set-top boxes.

The agreement will enable Comcast Cable to use Microsoft TV Foundation 1.7 software to display program choices for up to five million of its customers. The Philadelphia-based cable company, a division of Comcast with more than 21 million subscribers, has the option of extending the software to other consumers later.

Microsoft's digital video recording (DVR) software supports a dual tuner that allows simultaneous recording of two TV programs. It also supports advanced interactive TV services such as digital video recording, video on demand and high-definition television. Its channel guide keeps listings for 14 days, when used in tandem with high-memory set-top boxes.

It can work across a wide variety of TV devices installed by multiple service operators, including a DCT 6412, a set-top box with dual-tuner capability recently launched by Motorola.

Microsoft TV Foundation Edition 1.7 is Microsoft's fourth DVR product and the third with dual-tuner digital video support. It will be available this summer.

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Yay! Something else for Comcast to offer to everybody except my area
Though I'm sure they won't hesitate to raise my rate because of this wonderful new capability.
Posted by zizzybaloobah (218 comments )
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Thank my lucky stars if they don't offer it...
here. Just what I need is the latest Microsoft virus ripping through my cable box.
Posted by rdean (119 comments )
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who'd want ms involved with their TV??
I wouldn't want their software anywhere near my tv viewing. There are plenty of better options out there. Besides, if MS doesn't screw it up, Comcast will.
Posted by kxmmxk (320 comments )
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Comcast & MSMonopoly
Doesn't Gates, Ballimer & Allen own huge amount of stocks,shares of Comcast? Isn't this the reason for the Comcast shark circling Disney?MSWMF, WinTV, HD Cable, MSNBC)
Smells like a monopoly to me. 1984 & The TV is watching YOU.
Posted by Llib Setag (951 comments )
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