Thomson to Develop Broadband-Enabled MSN TV Box

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Thomson Multimedia will provide Microsoft Corp. with broadband home-network-enabled set-tops for its MSN TV service, the companies said Monday.

The companies added that the set-tops should be in retail stores in time for the holiday shopping season.

MSN TV, the former WebTV Networks, enables subscribers to surf the Internet on their TV sets.

"Thomson is a valued partner that shares our vision of making it easy to connect the digital world to your living room," MSN TV general manager Sam Klepper said in a prepared statement.

Added Thomson general manager of Internet-protocol decoders Keith Wehmeyer, “We are excited to be working with Microsoft on product innovations that will make MSN TV's service more appealing for users at all levels -- including digital media enthusiasts -- with exciting new options.”