Microsoft's IPTV Software Hits Europe

Microsoft is pairing up with Club Internet, Deutsche Telekom’s French Internet division, to enable Club Internet users to employ Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft’s new software for on-demand IP television (IPTV) networks, Reuters reports.

The pact marks the first time a company has offered Microsoft’s IPTV software in Europe, according to Reuters.

The Microsoft software lets users watch two IPTV programs at one time, and it enables them to record up to 50 hours of content, Reuters reports.

Club Internet’s existing customers will be able to use the software by the end of this month, but new users will need to wait until August, according to Reuters.

Microsoft also plans to offer the software in Germany and Britain by the end of 2006, via Deutsche Telekom and BT Group, respectively, Reuters reports.

As of this month, Club Internet boasted some half-million high-speed Internet subscribers, according to Reuters.

Financial specifics of the deal were not released to Reuters.

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