Microsoft already has a strong presence in the media world, with products such as the Xbox 360 offering a wide range of TV, movie and other content as well as traditional gaming. They also have the various Xbox services, including the recently rebranded Xbox Music and Xbox Video, so it's not surprising that they are venturing into some sort of cloud-based TV platform.
Here are some parts of the job listings.
Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business is revolutionizing entertainment. IEB has a rich set of entertainment offerings from Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE to Zune Marketplace and Mediaroom. Our customer base is growing fast and our pace of innovation has been incredible with our latest product Kinect selling over 10 million units since its launch in November of 2010.
We’re looking for a Software Engineer who is passionate about building awesome client applications for a new Cloud-based TV platform.
• Experience with mobile and browser application development (iOS/Android/Windows 8/RT or IE/Webkit based browsers)
Why work for the Cloud TV team?
-Get in on the ground floor of an ambitious new project
- Work on a small tightly-knit team
-Follow Agile methodology to deliver results at web-speed
-Use cutting edge technologies
This cloud TV project will be part of the Microsoft Mediaroom team, whose IPTV services already powers a number of services such as AT&T's U-verse. As LiveSide points out, CloudTV is already registered as a trademark and a number of domains, so it's unlikely we'll see a product under that name; however, could Xbox TV be coming sometime soon?