Show Report

CES - 2007

Las Vegas, Nevada, January 8-11, 2007



Page 31 - Motorola - AT&T - Microsoft

Above you will see the Motorola IPTV set top box, followed by its interface. If you think it looks a lot like Windows XP Media Center Edition, you are sort of correct. It is actually running Microsoft's middleware IPTV solution, which, while not built on the same engine, runs a similar UI.

AT&T's UVerse service also runs on a version of Microsoft's IPTV software. UVerse, which is currently available in very limited areas provides high speed internet, IPTV, and phone service in a bundle and is a lot like Verizon's FiOS service. The main difference is that instead of putting fiber optic cable all the way to your home, AT&T lays the fiber to your neighborhood and then uses existing cabling to get to the individual residences. UVerse supports up to 4 standard definition television streams simultaneously, but only one high definition feed. They say this will increase in the future. One very nice thing about the service is that the plan includes 3 set top boxes in the cost, so you don't get nailed for each additional box.

Here is a shot of Windows Vista Media Center. Notice the sports category. They made a very nice application for sports fans which allows you to get instant scores, stats, and other information while watching a game. There is even more information available for fantasy football players.

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