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AT&T and Microsoft team up

To enable shared content across AT&T's TV, PC and mobile devices

By CBR Staff Writer

Microsoft and AT&T have announced a collaborative effort to use Microsoft PlayReady content access and protection technology to enable shared content and converged entertainment experiences across AT&T’s TV, broadband and wireless services.

As part of this collaboration, Microsoft intends to add support for PlayReady into its Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV software platform, enabling access to PlayReady-based content through AT&T U-verse TV set-top boxes.

According to Microsoft, PlayReady is designed to enable digital entertainment services across devices and software applications, with a specific focus on meeting the needs of mobile and network operators, service providers and device manufacturers.

Brian Shay, senior vice president of Converged Services, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, said: “We’re committed to offering compelling entertainment experiences across a wide variety of platforms and devices. PlayReady will help us give customers broader access to compelling content.”

Enrique Rodriguez, corporate vice president of the TV, video and music business group at Microsoft, said: AT&T’s vision of converged entertainment services is something we share, and our collaboration on the use of PlayReady technology for content access and protection represents a significant milestone toward the future of integrated entertainment across multiple screens. Through the power of software such as PlayReady and Mediaroom, AT&T will bring its customers an exciting new range of services and content.

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