Microsoft: Agreement with Philips and CBS
Microsoft has announced that it has signed agreements with the American television company CBS and with Philips. In the agreement with CBS, Microsoft and CBS want to create new opportunities to allow viewers to participate more actively in the program.
CBS expects to produce more than 500 hours of television, including drama, comedy, specials, feature films and sports. When viewers sign a contract with Microsoft's subsidiary WebTV, they can then vote, shop online, chat or get information. The second agreement with Philips concerns the development and production of set-top boxes. The boxes should be based on Philips Nexperia hardware and work with Microsoft TV software. The first devices will be presented next year. Microsoft also adds various other functions, for example personal video recording, e-commerce, online games, Internet access with email and pay-per-view. Since Microsoft's TV department has had delays in product development recently, the news about the agreement is once again a success story. With the agreement with Philips, Microsoft has more than refuted rumors of a distancing from the set-top box business through the integration of Microsoft TV into Windows 2000.