Microsoft has no plans to redesign its Xbox 360 video game console to include a Blu-ray player, according to a company spokesman. The software giant, which supported Toshiba's HD DVD platform in the high-definition format battle with Blu-ray, has been bulking up the VOD capabilities of its console through the Xbox Live service.
Mass-market adoption of IPTV hinges on making the technology easy to use, a Microsoft executive said. "If we ever want to get IPTV to a mass market ... it (IPTV) has to fundamentally be one of the easiest things to use," said Sal Arora, Microsoft's senior director of product management of Microsoft TV.
Microsoft officials are claiming that a prototype device designed to deliver high-speed Internet connections over the "white space" of unoccupied TV spectrum failed FCC tests because it was broken. The FCC recently revealed results of a test that showed the device could possibly interfere with approved uses of the spectrum, including TV signals and wireless microphones.
A Zune phone model is not out of the question, but not a top development priority for Microsoft, according to the company's entertainment chief Robbie Bach, who believes Apple Computer will face design challenges if it moves forward with the expected music-player phone. Apple is not commenting on speculation surrounding the iPod phone.