IPTV Headed To India

Updated: math corrected  Microsoft and Reliance Communications, India's second largest teleco, are launching a high definition internet-protocol TV service in India, according to AFP. The service is scheduled to debut in 30 cities in early 2008. Why India? Perhaps, because (AFP reports) India "produces the most films worldwide annually." IPTV enables consumers to "watch TV" via a highspeed connection to the internet instead of a cable or satellite tether. Theoretically, this makes TV content more portable, as it could be accessed by a computer or a smartphone. Traditional TV adoption in India is not as widespread as in the US, with only about 71 million 7-in-10 homes having sets. Only about 0.5 percent 1 percent of households  are expected to be IPTV subscribers by 2011. (1 million subscribers projected; n=192,000,000 HH, 1.1 billion people) Under this deal, Microsoft would license its ‘Microsoft Mediaroom’ IPTV software platform to enable RCom to…continue reading →

Smartphone Isn’t

My Windows Mobile Blackjack (Cingular/AT&T) announced, when I woke it up today, that it (Windows Mobile took credit) had reset my time back an hour because of Daylight Savings Time (DST). I thought that was a little strange, because I didn't think it was this weekend. But I was happy to have snagged an extra hour of sleep! Or so I thought ... until I checked my laptop (nope, no change; it's synced with Apple) and our satellite clock (nope, no change). Look at the front page of the Sunday newspaper; nope, no reminder. Google, of course, came next. A quick check shows that Microsoft knows that DST ends on 4 November 2007. Why my phone decided it didn't ... seems to be a function of my carrier (Cingular/AT&T), per this  post from EdgeBlog in January: One big area that is lacking is Windows Mobile smartphones & PDAs. Microsoft [released]…continue reading →

Microsoft + Facebook

The NY Times reports that Microsoft is investing $240 million in return for a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook. The Redmond giant apparently beat out Google and Yahoo! The move positions Microsoft in an online advertising battle with Google; "Microsoft will sell the banner ads appearing on Facebook outside of the United States, splitting the revenue with it."continue reading →