Charter Changes Hit Microsoft TV


Charter Communications Inc. is shifting its interactive gears, and that
means yet another delay for Microsoft Corp.'s interactive TV platform.

In November, Charter announced it had selected the Microsoft TV software to
deploy the next generation of interactive TV services to 1 million of its
customers over the next seven years.

But after completing an advanced interactive TV trial in St. Louis, Charter
is not planning to follow that up with a market rollout.

spokesman Andy Morgan said the MSO is shifting its focus to the newly developed
platform using Motorola Inc.'s BCM 8000 digital gateway box and an applications
system supplied by digeo Inc., the interactive-applications unit funded by
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.