Microsoft announced Version 2.0 of its Mediaroom TV software platform at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. I am stuck in snowy Chicago, so I didn't get to be in town for the big news, but according to a Microsoft press release, Mediaroom 2.0 enables numerous new features, including cloud-based DVR, access to both operator-hosted content and Internet-derived video content, on-demand features and more. Most notably, Microsoft is formally extending Mediaroom content play to new devices, such as the software giant's Xbox 360 game system, PCs and smartphones, as well as enabling seamless content transfers between these devices. The company's PlayReady content access and protection technology can be used to further enable TV Everywhere-style services.
The Xbox 360 already has been used to some degree as an IPTV alternative, by allowing video streaming from Netflix and other sources, though the Mediaroom 2.0 announcement points toward how service providers might use theses capabilities in tandem with their own content offerings.
- Here's the Microsoft press release
Xbox's streaming capabilities have raised intriguing questions
SureWest Communications switched to Mediaroom last year