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Microsoft To Sell IPTV Division Mediaroom - Will Refocus TV Efforts On XBox

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    Microsoft To Sell IPTV Mediaroom Division To Ericsson, Will Refocus TV Efforts On Xbox | TechCrunch (click for full article)

    by Darrell Etherington - April 8, 2013

    "Microsoft announced today via its blog that it will be selling its Mediaroom properties to Ericsson, in a deal that will see Ericsson become the dominant IPTV player in the industry with over 25 percent market share. Mediaroom operates as a pretty much separate company from Microsoft, with its own HQ in Mountain View and around 400 employees, and powers TV offerings like AT&T U-verse, as well as services from Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and Telus. The deal clears the deck for Microsoft fo go all-in on Xbox as the focal point of its own TV efforts."
     
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    Mediaroom and Our TV Journey - The Official Microsoft Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs (click for full Microsoft blog)

    "Mediaroom and Our TV Journey


    8 Apr 2013 6:00 AM

    The following is a post from Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Strategy and Business for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft.


    Today, Microsoft and Ericsson announced a definitive agreement for Ericsson to acquire Mediaroom, the number one IPTV platform deployed by TV operators around the world. This acquisition is mutually beneficial and strategically aligned for both parties. Ericsson will continue to invest in the growth and success of Mediaroom to the benefit of customers, employees, and the industry. It allows Microsoft to commit 100 percent of its focus on consumer TV strategy with Xbox."
     
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    Microsoft planning Xbox event for May | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Tom Warren - April 8, 2013

    "Microsoft had originally been planning to unveil its next-generation Xbox details at an event in April, but The Verge has learned that the company has pushed this back to May. Windows watcher Paul Thurrott revealed recently that Microsoft is planning an Xbox event for May 21st, and we understand this date is accurate. This is the tentative date for a next-generation Xbox announcement, but Microsoft had originally planned an April 24th event.


    ALWAYS-ON DRAMA


    Sources familiar with Microsoft's Xbox plans have revealed that the event will be at a small venue with a focus on providing the very first details on the next Xbox, codenamed Durango, and Microsoft's plans for Xbox in 2013. Recent rumors have focused on reports that Microsoft's next Xbox may require an always-on internet connection. Comments by Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth, asking why there was drama over the always-on rumors and telling people to #dealwithit, forced Microsoft to issue an official apology. The Verge understands that Microsoft has reminded employees that any communications about the next-generation Xbox must remain confidential, following Orth's comments.


    Microsoft's next Xbox is expected to debut later this year, with a full unveiling at E3 in early June. Microsoft recently revealed that Xbox is part of the agenda for its Build conference in late June, where developers will likely learn about the company's next-generation plans. We understand that the next-generation Xbox software will be based on Windows 8, feeding into Microsoft's strategy of placing Windows at the heart of its products and services. With an Xbox event in late May, alongside E3 and Build in june, it's shaping up to be a busy summer for Xbox."
     
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    Well May is certainly shaping up to be an interesting month. Google I/O is May 15th through May 17th - and the news reports are saying that Google plans to release some GTV news during Google I/O. Then we have the new Xbox announcements coming from Microsoft on May 21st.

    Who will "steal the show" with the best announcements? I can hardly wait -:)
     

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