An official release says that this new technology is designed to
enable Reliance Infocomm to leverage its nationwide high-speed infrastructure
to deliver a unique set of next-generation television services that
take full advantage of its state-of-the-art network. The new relationship
will also enable the two companies to test the benefits to Indian
households of leading Microsoft technologies such as Windows Media
9 Series, Microsoft.NET and Microsoft Windows Server 2003.
Microsoft's planned IPTV solution will enable telephone and cable
companies to deliver high-quality video content and services to
their subscribers using two-way broadband networks. The IPTV solution
is designed to combine industry and Microsoft innovations to better
support the services that pay-TV operators offer today.
These include standard- and high-definition channels, on-demand
programming, and interactive programme guides, with enhanced features
such as instant channel changing. The solution also will enable
new next-generation services that include picture-in-picture functionality
using multiple video streams.