Sunday, January 2, 2005

SBC to Offer 2Wire IP STB with Dish/DSL/Yahoo Service

SBC Communications has formed a joint venture with 2Wire to deliver a home entertainment service that integrates satellite TV programming, digital video recording, video on demand, and Internet content via an IPTV set-top box. The service will use 2Wire's MediaPortal set-top box, which will receive DISH Network satellite programming as well as provide a DSL interface for downloading video and music content. The box includes high-definition Digital Video Recorder (DVR) capability. 2Wire's box server as a home digital media server and features a built-in DVD/CD drive and burner.

The forthcoming home entertainment service is separate from SBC's recently announced Project Lightspeed. Customers will not need access to the fiber network to subscribe to the home entertainment service. The company expect to begin marketing the service by mid-year.


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