Microsoft, Thomson extend deal for MSN TV box

Microsoft said Monday that it has extended a four-year deal with French consumer electronics manufacturer Thomson to make a new set-top box for the software giant's MSN TV service.

Though Microsoft did not disclose details of the product, MSN TV General Manager Sam Klepper said in an interview with CNET News.com last week that a new MSN TV 2 box that targets the Internet-savvy buyer rather than the technology neophyte is being developed. According to a source, the device will have an estimated price of $199. Klepper added that the gadget will have broadband and home-networking capabilities, being able to stream video and music from the Internet or from files stored on a PC, and also grab photos from e-mail or from a PC's hard drive for a living room slide show.

News source: C|Net News.com

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