IPTV subscribers in other countries have had the opportunity to enjoy Microsoft’s MediaRoom environment on their DVR equipment: BT (UK), SingTel (Singapore), T-Home (Germany), Portugal Telecom (Portugal), Swisscom (Switzerland), AT&T (United States) and Reliance (India), comprising a total of 2.5 million users.
No provider in the US is currently offering such a service, but this may soon change with the rumored addition of MediaRoom to the Xbox 360.
Microsoft announced at CES that their latest iteration of the software will allow the user to view content that has already been shown on live TV even if they hadn’t set their DVR to record that content.
Microsoft Mediaroom Gets More Power and Gives TV a Reverse Gear
Mediaroom-based services can now add Mediaroom Anytime, enabling TV viewers to enjoy previously aired programs or restart currently airing shows without any preplanning or prior DVR recording; also new immersive applications complement the Mediaroom TV experience with content and services from the Internet.
LAS VEGAS - Jan. 8, 2009 - At 2009 International CES today, Microsoft Corp. unveiled Mediaroom Anytime, a groundbreaking feature set for the Microsoft Mediaroom multimedia and IPTV platform that allows viewers to truly watch TV on their own time. In addition to existing Mediaroom features, such as video on demand, DVR Anywhere and Remote Digital Video Recording, the new Mediaroom Anytime features take time-shifted TV to the next level, enabling viewers to access previously aired shows directly from the Interactive Program Guide or immediately restart currently airing shows without any preplanning or prior DVR recording. In addition, Microsoft announced that the Mediaroom platform has reached nearly 2.5 million subscriber homes worldwide, an increase of more than 1.5 million new connections in the past year alone.
With the new Mediaroom Anytime feature set, service providers now have the ability to offer their customers the following benefits:
SingTel plans to trial Mediaroom Anytime features - Restart Anytime and Live Anytime - and aims to offer the service to its mio TV subscribers in 2009. Mediaroom Anytime functionalities can be added to SingTel's existing Microsoft Mediaroom-powered connected TV service offerings via a simple software upgrade that requires no action by existing subscribers.
"mio TV aims to be at the forefront of new innovations and services that will let our customers control what they watch, when they want," said Low Ka Hoe, SingTel's director of IPTV Business. "The ever-evolving Mediaroom platform and the new Anytime features allow us to continue delivering enhanced value and a truly immersive TV viewing experience to our customers."
At 2009 International CES, Microsoft also unveiled new immersive concept applications that complement the Microsoft Mediaroom TV experience with content and services from the Internet. These applications, which show new ways for viewers to engage with and personalize the TV experience, will be on display for the first time and include the following:
The applications were built on the Microsoft Mediaroom Presentation Framework platform, an applications environment within Mediaroom that provides the building blocks needed for creating innovative and intuitive user experiences for TV. Mediaroom Presentation Framework was just released to Mediaroom service provider customers and exciting applications will begin rolling out to consumers in the second half of 2009.