In his final keynote speech opening the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a tradition that began 11 years ago, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates touched on several areas, including the evolution of IPTV. To that end, Gates and Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's entertainment and devices unit, announced an agreement with BT for the service provider to use Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming console as an IPTV set-top box, a capability the software giant first announced at CES2007.
Microsoft also announced a DVR Anywhere capability for sharing of recorded content between multiple TVs connected to a home network. Among other IPTV statements, the company also said its Mediaroom software now supports one million set-tops.
In related news, BT also announced a set-top box deal with Motorola.
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