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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Telus Bridges the Xbox 360 + PVR Gap...I'm Shocked!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/04/...dian-xbox-360s/

"After years (and years) of waiting it's no surprise to see the Xbox 360 finally sliding into the role of IPTV set-top box, but we couldn't have seen Canada's Telus being the first in North America to offer the option. It only switched customers over to the Microsoft Mediaroom platform (also used by AT&T's U-Verse, where the feature should appear soon) powering its Optik TV package earlier this year, enabling this new multiroom setup."

A quick history lesson on Telus: they used to be AGT (Alberta Government Telephone), the monopoly for phone service here in Alberta. Over the years they've privatized, changed their name, acquired many companies, moved into mobile and Internet (DSL) access, grown to cover much of Canada, and lately gone into the TV business. I've been a Telus customer off and on in my life, and have generally disliked the company - from a customer's point of view, they've seemed to be highly dysfunctional, with customer service being an afterthought. I was incredibly happy when I was finally able to get my wife's phone off Telus, thus severing my last and only connection with them. I currently have my home phone, Internet, and cable TV service with Shaw, the cable company out here, and both mobile phones with Rogers. Read more...


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Engadget Sees Microsoft's MediaRoom 2.0 In Action

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/09/...n-the-xbox-360/

"Hearing about using an Xbox 360 as set top box for IPTV providers like AT&T's U-Verse is one thing, but seeing it in action is another. As you can see from the video after the jump, the experience is very fluid and isn't what we'd describe as laggy even in the slightest bit."

One of the announcements made at CES 2010 was that AT&T's IPTV product, U-Verse, would be available on the Xbox 360 allowing you to use the Xbox 360 as a set-top box instead. At the time there was no demo of the Xbox playing U-Verse content, just an announcement that it would be available later in the year. Engadget have managed to get a demonstration of U-Verse on the Xbox 360 via Mediaroom, and have published a short video of it in action. It looks quite smooth and there doesn't seem to be any lag, but I would expect that of a demonstration. For those that don't know about Microsoft Mediaroom, it is a software platform that Microsoft licences to TV and video service providers so they can deliver TV and video services along with other content to TVs, PCs and mobile devices anywhere. With other providers such as the BBC and Sky in the UK pushing their content via the Xbox and the Wii, then wecan expect to see consoles becoming more of an all-round entertainment device than just a gaming console.


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