Microsoft TV: Coming Soon to Indian Homes

by Shijaz Abdulla on 25.11.2007 at 15:19

Microsoft and India’s Reliance Communications have signed a 500-million-dollar deal to launch India’s first high-definition Internet TV service.

Microsoft TV, known as Microsoft Mediaroom, the new IPTV service from Microsoft, will bring the world-class digital TV concept to homes in India. The service is expected to start early next year in 30 Indian cities.

About 71-million homes in India, a country of 1.1 billion people already have television sets, and 61 percent of them have pay TV, mainly through cable and satellite.

Reliance Communications owns and operates the world’s largest Internet connectivity infrastructure with 165,000 km of fibre-optic cable that spans India, the US and Europe! Reliance is also India’s second-largest telecom firm.

I recently read with interest the press release regarding this. Microsoft is penetrating homes!