Microsoft to offer Windows 8 surface tablets; Belgacom grabs IPTV rights from Nokia

More IPTV and interactive-TV news from across the web:

> Microsoft will add its own twist on IPTV when it launches a family of surface tablets that run on its next-generation Windows 8 OS. There's a big clue that these devices are expected to be used to watch video: they come with a "kickstand." Article

> Belgium's Belgacom will become its own IPTV system integrator after acquiring the rights from Nokia Siemens. The agreement includes the transfer of about 25 NSN employees to Belgacom and the rights for the service provider to further develop the IPTV platform on which it has worked with NSN since 2005. Article

> Primus Telecom will join the Australian IPTV fray by launching a service, iPrimus, over a network on which it already delivers DSL, 3G and fiber for home phone, mobile and VoIP services. The exact launch data has not been announced. Article

> TV-Desi, a North American IPTV provider, plans to add Pakistan's ARY channels to a package of south Asian content for viewers in Canada and Africa. Article

> Swiss operator Sunrise hopes to improve its HD IPTV service with new boxes from Zyxel Communications. Article

> French IPTV box vendor Netgem has grabbed PlugnSurf's technology patents in an effort to expand its existing products and develop business associations, particularly with mobile operators. Article

And finally … in what will no doubt become a controversial move (based on history) Antennas Direct has partnered with Sky Angel U.S. brand FAVE TV "to bring viewers the best local and nationally recognized channels--all without the burden of high-cost cable" via a "TV alternative" that "streams content via a set-top box connected to the Internet. Read about it in this release.