Microsoft today (May 27) launched Microsoft Mediaroom with virtualization. The company says Mediaroom is the first Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) platform to offer virtualization support.
According to Microsoft, Mediaroom with virtualization can deliver up to a sixfold reduction in the number of physical servers required to support a full-featured IPTV service. This will significantly reduce hardware and management costs and speed time to market for Mediaroom customers by up to three weeks, believes the company.
It further says with virtualization support, it is possible to deploy and operate a full Mediaroom-powered TV service for up to 30,000 subscriber homes per market using fewer than 10 physical servers. Even for deployments of greater than 30,000 subscriber homes, a mix of virtualized and dedicated servers can still provide efficiency benefits.
Mediaroom with virtualization offers full functionality of Microsoft’s IPTV platform including video on demand, DVR Anywhere for viewing and managing recorded shows in any room, and Mediaroom Anytime for viewing of previously aired programs or restarting currently airing shows without any preplanning or prior digital video recording.
Other capabilities include high-definition video for live and on-demand content, multiview, instant channel zapping, and TV applications that support interactivity and seamless blending of Web content and services with broadcast TV.
In January, Microsoft had revealed that China’s Guangzhou Digital Media Group had launched Zhujiang Digital, a connected TV service using Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV platform. It’s the first time Mediaroom is delivered over a cable network anywhere in the world, Microsoft said.