Microsoft, Fujitsu Siemens collaborate on digital TV

Fujitsu Siemens agrees to supply Microsoft with digital TV reception technology for Windows XP Media Center Edition.

Microsoft's Windows XP Media Centre Edition will include digital TV reception technology from Fujitsu Siemens under a deal announced on Friday at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

The deal calls for Microsoft to integrate Fujitsu Siemens' Activy technology for DVB (Digital Video Broadcast) reception of digital TV transmissions in its Media Centre products, and for the two companies to collaborate in further developing advanced TV systems.

Fujitsu Siemens, best known for its computers, has been expanding into consumer electronics in recent years. The company, a joint venture between Japan's Fujitsu and Germany's Siemens, initially developed the DVB-based technology for its own media centre system.

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