TV Cabo Slates June ITV Launch


Following a six-month trial, TV Cabo Portugal said it will flip the switch on
a suite of interactive-television services powered by Microsoft Corp.'s advanced
digital set-top-box software platform June 7.

In addition to an advanced electronic program guide, electronic mail and
other interactive-TV applications, TV Cabo's offering will also include
integrated personal video recorders. Additional features such as video-on-demand
are in the planning stages, the company said.

The operator will run Microsoft TV's advanced client software, which is based
on 'Windows CE,' as well as Microsoft's program guide and a set of
headend-server software designed to provision interactive-TV services.

TV Cabo said it will initially deploy set-tops made by Portuguese vendor
Octal Engenharia de Sistemas SA and follow up with deployments of Pace Micro
Technology plc boxes.

TV Cabo, which has about 1 million cable customers, also plans to roll out
interactive-TV services to its base of roughly 200,000 satellite subscribers,
Microsoft TV director of marketing Ed Graczyk said.

TV Cabo's interactive-TV launch will mark the third to use Microsoft TV's
advanced software platform on a commercial level. The other two are UltimateTV
in the United States and TAK, a European terrestrial service in which Microsoft
holds a 30 percent stake.