Sony and Microsoft will jointly develop and sell a set-top box by next year, launching it initially in Japan. The product is likely to work with forthcoming digital cable television systems and will feature services such as video-on-demand and home shopping as standard.
The plan, announced by Bill Gates on his visit to Tokyo this week, is the latest in a string of cable moves by Microsoft. Earlier in the week it invested in high speed cable access firm Roadrunner, and it also has an alliance with Comcast and a deal with the US' largest cable company, TCI, to install Windows CE in its set-top boxes.
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