Microsoft Teams Up with S-A, Harmonic


Microsoft Corp. will work with Scientific-Atlanta Inc. and Harmonic Inc. on Internet-protocol TV.

The company said Tuesday that it will collaborate on the development of S-A advanced encoders that will be compatible with its “Microsoft TV Internet Protocol Television Edition” software platform.

And Microsoft will work jointly with Harmonic to deliver an IPTV solution encompassing Microsoft TV IPTV Edition and Harmonic's “DiviCom” encoding solutions.

Speaking about the S-A deal, Microsoft TV director of worldwide partner development Phil Corman said in a prepared statement, “Interoperability with an experienced video leader such as Scientific-Atlanta provides broadband operators with great price-performance economies of scale as they launch IPTV services.”

As for Harmonic, Corman added, “Harmonic's advanced encoding capability and video-over-IP expertise, combined with our robust IPTV-software platform, make it possible for operators to utilize IP-based networks to deliver a range of next-generation television services and a viewing experience that is second to none.”