Three years ago, Microsoft unveiled its IPTV plans for the Xbox 360, offering a working preview of the service at CES 2007. And, finally, IPTV is coming to the Xbox 360 in the United States by way of AT&T Uverse.
Microsoft's Steve Ballmer announced at the company's pre-CES keynote that, later this year, AT&T "will also enable subscribers to Uverse to enjoy that service on their Xbox 360 consoles." AT&T's Uverse cable/internet television service uses Microsoft's own Mediaroom software, meaning that Mediaroom is coming to the Xbox 360 in North America later this year.
Uverse was touted by Ballmer as "the best-rated, highest-rated residential TV satisfaction in the United States Southern and Western Regions for the second year in a row," according to J.D. Power and Associates.
What does that mean for Xbox 360 owners with Uverse subscriptions? Well, we're not 100% sure yet, as Microsoft hasn't revealed much about the partnership. Hopefully, it means more than just having on demand television programming, the Uverse multiview channel guide, and one less box hooked up to your television.
We'll be talking with Microsoft later today to learn more about the Uverse deal, so stay tuned. To the internet.