CES: Bill Gates keynote and IPTV

Bill Gates' CES keynote was met with little fanfare according to reports coming out of Las Vegas. A good portion of his presentation focused on the "tremendous potential" of IPTV and, of course, touted all the jazzy things Microsoft TV IPTV Edition software can do--like helping operators offer integrated video, voice, data and mobile services. Gates announced that BellSouth has joined the company's list of customers field-testing its IPTV software. An SBC rep then demonstrated some of the features of Microsoft's IPTV software, including HD programming, DVR features, video on demand and multiple picture-in-picture capabilities. SBC recently announced an agreement with Microsoft valued at more than $400 million over 10 years to license and deploy Microsoft TV IPTV Edition to its subscribers.

For more on Gates' CES keynote:
- check out this play-by-play from Engadget

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