TechConnect interviewed Microsoft's Ed Grazcyk about the company's Internet Protocol TV effort. This is the technology that Verizon is likely to use for its fiber optics service ?? although Grazcyk notes that an ordinary 1.2mbps connection is fast enough to support the TV broadcasts.
One interesting point: He says that the service supports either Windows Media 9 or the MPEG-4 format. Microsoft has increasingly been talking about those two formats co-existing comfortably, and appears to be accepting that the standards-based MPEG-4 AVC video codec will be many network companies' first choice.