Microsoft's IPTV Friends
"As the market accelerates, it mkaes sense to get more companies involved," spokesman Jim Brady says.
Microsoft is announcing new integrator partners today: HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ), Tech Mahindra Ltd. , and 180Squared Inc. , the startup founded by Microsoft employees. But it's AlcaLu that remains the company's only fully end-to-end integrator, and the preferred one, Brady says.
In addition to integrators, Microsoft is announcing IPTV partnerships with Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A), Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS), and IneoQuest Technologies Inc.
Microsoft couldn't crack the Top Ten: IPTV Carriers, but the company claims 2 million subscribers are watching IPTV on Mediaroom-powered networks. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a customer, for the U-verse service, and Microsoft's recent signings include a promising Reliance Communications Ltd. (RCom) deal. Then again, Telecom Italia (TIM) reportedly looked elsewhere for its IPTV needs. (See Microsoft Seals $500M IPTV Deal, Oracle Buys Captovation, Microsoft Powers VimpelCom, and Telecom Italia Rejects Microsoft IPTV.)
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading