Microsoft reportedly looking to dump IPTV business in favor of Xbox


Microsoft appears to be mulling over plans to dump its IPTV business. Bloomberg reports that Ericsson is in talks with the software maker to buy up its IPTV software, known as Media Room, that is used to power services like AT&T’s U-verse. Microsoft is expected to continue its focus on TV apps and services on its Xbox game console.

Despite not being a household name, Microsoft’s Media Room technology powers 22 million set-top boxes in 21 countries, and recent estimates suggest that Microsoft controls a quarter of the global IPTV middleware market. The software maker originally launched its Media Room platform in 2007 after making “Microsoft TV” available previous to that.

Microsoft’s continued focus on TV for Xbox comes at a time when…

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