Microsoft says rumors of delays in delivering its IPTV solution are "patently false." Apparently the rumor mill got to churning after an industry publication, Television Week, ran an article claiming the newly merged AT&T/SBC has been looking for alternative IPTV providers in case Microsoft doesn't pull through. Citing "executives with knowledge of the situation," two delayed deployments by European telcos and comments from Convergence Consulting Group, the article claims that "everyone" who has agreed to deploy Microsoft's IPTV solution is either hedging their timetables or saying they're going to wait. Both Microsoft and AT&T deny any problems. Microsoft IPTV's head Ed Graczyk called the sources' information "rumors" and "patently false." The article, however, insists that AT&T wants Microsoft and its partner Alcatel to integrate with other alternative providers so that the carrier has backup options.
For more on the fuss:
- read this article from informitv.com