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 preplanning or prior DVR recording; 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:

  • Restart Anytime offers the ability for viewers to rewind or
    restart the currently airing program from any point, regardless of whether the
    show is being recorded or the TV was switched off or tuned to another channel.
  • Live Anytime allows viewers to scroll backward in the Interactive
    Program Guide to watch previously aired programs. These previously aired
    programs also can be made accessible through the service provider’s video on
    demand library.
  • Download Anytime extends Microsoft Mediaroom-powered
    services to more consumers by enabling viewers to download on-demand movies and
    programs to their set-top boxes so they can watch them anytime regardless of
    bandwidth constraints. For example, viewers could watch high-definition
    programs on low-bandwidth networks.

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.”

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