Monday, January 29, 2007

Xbox 360 IPTV Set-top Box

At CES Microsoft announced that it will turn its Xbox 360 game console into a Microsoft IPTV Edition set-top box by Christmas 2007. It expects that its IPTV software service provider companies will offer the Xbox 360 as an alternative set-top box.

Microsoft is in a perfect position to do this. Its IPTV Edition software treats the set-top box as a dumb piece of hardware, so it can load its software into the Xbox as well as a Motorola set-top box.

This is a good move for the family with serious gamers. The rest of us will most likely be better off with a purpose built set-top box that has been optimized for the recording and display of TV programming.

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