Just two months before Microsoft was planning a fall Mediaroom IPTV Technical Conference, that would have given more info about its IPTV plans, the company has revealed that the conference has now been delayed until some time in early 2012.
The conference, which originally was slated from September 26 to September 28 this year, was to be held at the Microsoft Silicon Valley campus. But according to an e-mail sent to developers, the postponement is due to "conflicts with Mediaroom planning timelines," reports MJFoley.
"(I)t has become apparent that September is not the optimum time to host the conference. Postponing by a few months into 2012 will enable us to deliver a more informative and effective conference to all," said the conference organizers (in an e-mail message I saw), who added that they will be refunding existing registration payments.
The postponement of the Mediaroom conference comes at a significant time for the Microsoft IPTV team and product/service.
A more specific time frame was not revealed.
At E3 2011, Microsoft announced plans to offer live television service to Xbox 360 owners sometime this fall. Microsoft has yet to reveal about their plans for Xbox Live TV. However, Foley said that she has learned about a Microsoft project called "Orapa" which would be a "mash-up between Mediaroom, Microsoft's IPTV service, and Xbox Live," and would result in more live TV programming coming to the Xbox.
The goal of that service was to provide Xbox users with TV features like video-on-demand, last-channel playing, electronic-programming guide, etc., in addition to the actual content.
When asked Microsoft about "Orapa", a pet reply comes in, "We don't comment on rumors or speculation." The spokesperson said Microsoft had no further details to announce about Live TV, "other than we're thrilled to announce our commitment to bring live TV to Xbox around the world later this year. We'll share more news about partners and features when the time is right."
[Via: All About Microsoft]