Rumor: Microsoft Stuffs IPTV Group Into Xbox
I love rumors, especially when they seem to make sense with recent occurences. Normally I wouldn’t post them, but I don’t think this one is all that damaging. The Xbox team has continued to add lots of services, and we know that Microsoft’s MediaRoom platform is built off of the XBox, so it kinda just makes sense anyways. Take it with a grain of salt though.
The source adds that some of the Mediaroom people have moved on to other jobs within the Xbox team. Such a move would seem consistent with the Xbox’s ascent as a TV platform. Reuters recently reported that Microsoft is looking into ways of using the Xbox console to deliver pay-TV services. More generally, there’s been a suspicion that Mediaroom is losing rank at Microsoft. According to another source, who spoke with Light Reading at last month’s TelcoTV conference, IPTV is a profitable business at Microsoft — just not profitable enough.