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Swisscom to Test Microsoft’s IPTV

Swisscom subsidiary Bluewin will test Microsoft’s new Internet-based TV technology to deliver video on telecom systems and into a fraction of its 200,000 broadband households…

IPTV, a new product line for Microsoft TV, taps the Windows Media Series 9 video compression technology to more efficiently send multimedia over telephone or cable lines…The product differs from the Microsoft TV Foundation software, introduced earlier this year, which provides cable operators with an infrastructure to deliver similar interactive services but uses MPEG-2, the existing video compression standard for cable.

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