S-A and Microsoft Notch Deal on IPTV Set-tops
Scientific-Atlanta is climbing further into bed with Microsoft. The two companies, which are already working together on advanced encorders to support SBC's planned IPTV rollout, announced earlier today that they're also collaborating on IP set-top box initiatives. They said the initiatives will help fill the growing worldwide demand for IPTV technology, including SBC's Project Lightspeed. S-A said its new line of IP set-tops, which will be integrated with the Microsoft TV IPTV Edition software, will support such advanced codecs as MPEG-4 Part 10/H.264 and VC-1. The line will include standard-definition (SD), high-definition (HD) and whole home SD/HD digital video recorder (DVR) devices, as well as gateway products. Plus, the new set-tops will support a "no new wires" strategy for operators, enabling them to deliver IP video over existing coax cable wires. S-A said the set-tops will support U.S. or international standards, depending upon the region.