New set-top platform promises DVD-quality video over Internet

The IPV500 set-top box uses proprietary IPTV software to deliver DVD-quality, on-demand broadcasts to online users
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EdgeStream, a small Internet streaming company based in Laguna Hills, CA, has unveiled a new television set-top box that uses its proprietary IPTV software platform and can deliver DVD-quality, on-demand broadcasts over the Internet.

Wyse Technology built its broadband IPV500 set-top box on a reference design from Intel. The box runs Microsoft’s Windows Media Series 9 technology over EdgeStream’s IPTV software. Media Portal Technology will use the box to deliver IPTV to subscribers in the United Kingdom and Europe.

The box comes as efforts to transmit cable-quality video over the Internet are heating up, thanks in part to ambitious plans by telephone companies to offer television over their growing fiber and hybrid digital subscriber line networks.

Microsoft and Intel have agreed to promote EdgeStream’s technology as the Wintel duo sets its sights on cracking the IPTV market.

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