REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 26, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Motorola Broadband Communications Sector’s Horizon Developer Program has validated Microsoft’s new Microsoft®
TV Interactive Program Guide (IPG) for use on Motorola’s DCT1000 and DCT1200 set-tops. The Microsoft TV IPG is also ACADIA-validated for the Motorola DCT2000, the industry’s most widely deployed digital set-top.
“Solutions like the Microsoft TV IPG give consumers even more ways to enhance their TV-viewing experience with their Motorola set-tops,”
said Carl McGrath, vice president and general manager of Motorola Broadband’s digital consumer gateways business.
“This can translate into reduced churn and new opportunities for broadband network operators. We congratulate Microsoft on this latest achievement.”
The Microsoft TV IPG improves consumers’ digital TV experience by providing speedy scrolling and channel tuning, making it faster, easier and more intuitive for users to find their favorite TV shows and customize their television viewing. It is fast, responsive and bandwidth-efficient, leveraging the broadband network operators’ broadcast infrastructure to deliver TV listings and advertising. Microsoft plans to integrate future versions of the Microsoft TV IPG with third-party video-on-demand (VOD) systems.
“Achieving this additional Motorola ACADIA validation for the Microsoft TV IPG provides network operators with a cost-effective, easy-to-deploy digital TV solution for leading Motorola set-top boxes in the field,”
said Alan Yates, general manager of Microsoft TV marketing at Microsoft.
About the Microsoft TV Platform
Microsoft TV is a family of standards-based client and server software products that enables the delivery of enhanced digital services through cable, terrestrial and satellite networks across a variety of TV devices, including the full range of set-top boxes. The Microsoft TV platform provides value to network operators by enabling new revenue-generating services, including VOD, interactive program guides, digital video recording, enhanced programming, e-mail and more. More than 1,500 leading providers of services, programming, hardware and software for digital TV have chosen to work with Microsoft TV. A leader in the digital TV industry, Microsoft is deployed or in trial today with network operators around the world. More information about Microsoft TV can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/tv/ .
About the Horizon Program
Motorola created the Horizon Program to facilitate independent software vendor (ISV) partners in the development and implementation of interactive TV solutions, including IPGs, VOD, personal video recording (PVR), Internet access, gaming, targeted advertising, e-mail and commerce applications. These applications enable broadband network operators to create additional cash flow and decrease customer churn. ACADIA validation is used as a benchmark for broadband network operators as they choose the software, content and applications to deliver to their subscribers. The ACADIA Application Integration Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Broadband, is the supporting facility for the Horizon Program. It provides resources and expertise to take applications and other software solutions from prototype to commercial deployment. ACADIA is an independent development and integration entity, with a staff completely dedicated to supporting Motorola’s Horizon Program.
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