Microsoft delays Mediaroom IPTV conference to 2012

Two months before Microsoft planned to hold a conference that would have given more info about its IPTV plans, the company has revealed that the conference has now been delayed. ZDNet repors that the Mediaroom IPTV Technical Conference, originally planed to be held on September 26-28 at Microsoft's Silicon Valley based offices, will now be held sometime in early 2012. A more specific time frame was not revealed.

The delay was announced via an email to developers with Microsoft stating that it was " ... 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."

Last month at E3 2011, Microsoft announced plans to offer live television service to Xbox 360 owners. While the service was announced as going live sometime this fall, Microsoft has yet to reveal much about their plans for Xbox Live TV. However, ZDNet article today said that it has learned of something that is called Project Orapa, which it claims via unnamed sources that it will be "a mash-up between Mediaroom, Microsoft’s IPTV service, and Xbox Live."

It added that Project Orapa would give Xbox 360 owners access to features like "video-on-demand, last-channel playing, electronic-programming guide, etc., in addition to the actual content." When asked about Project Orapa, Microsoft gave its usual answer to rumors, saying, "We don’t comment on rumors or speculation." Microsoft would also not reveal any more info about its plans for bringing Llve TV to the Xbox 360.

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Even though I would like to see all of this have already happened, it makes sense to get the integration right, and the server side details right. This also probably means more features for PC users and/or WP7 in addition to the XBox focus.

This is a market that Microsoft has had the technology to own for several years, but licensing deals, and anti-trust restrictions have kept it from happening, which should no longer be an issue.

"a mash-up between Mediaroom, Microsoft's IPTV service, and Xbox Live."

Am I missing something, or isn't 'Microsoft's IPTV service' actually called 'Mediaroom'? If it is, it seems redundant.

I also wonder if this means Microsoft will deliver the content, or if the telco networks will deliver the content. Ideally, I'd like to see Microsoft deliver it, but if they did, the telco networks that use Mediaroom (like AT&T U-verse) might not be happy and look for a different solution instead. Not everyone has an Xbox, so Microsoft might lose more if they did that.

" ZDNet article today said that it has learned of something that is called Project Orapa"

Mary Jo Foley has been talking about Project Orapa for months now.

FMH said,
" ZDNet article today said that it has learned of something that is called Project Orapa"

Mary Jo Foley has been talking about Project Orapa for months now.

Well it seems one part of ZDnet doesn't know what the other parts are doing then.