Microsoft delays interactive TV OS delivery

By : |August 30, 2000 0

AT&T and United Pan-Europe Communications NV, Europe’s largest cable
operator, should have considered Microsoft’s consistent record for being late
on delivering new operating system software when they agreed to use the software
giant’s set top box software.

This week Microsoft announced it will not be able to ship the operating
software for interactive TV set top boxes in time for UPEC’s planned October
roll-out. And, the delay will also slow AT&T’s trials of the technology.
AT&T has planned to ship 7.5 million set top boxes with Microsoft’s

In a blow to Microsoft, AT&T is expected to start shipping set top boxes
using a competing solution instead. Those would include set top solutions from
Oracle, PowerTV, Liberate Technologies, and openTV. After Microsoft has
completed development, AT&T is expected to still ship most of its boxes with
the Microsoft software.

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