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Set-top market kicks into high gear

Advancements in TV set-top boxes and in-home networking technologies are reaching a fever pitch this week as announcements pour out of the Western Cable Show.

Advancements in TV set-top boxes and in-home networking technologies are reaching a fever pitch this week as announcements pour out of the Western Cable Show.

WebTV coming to high-speed cable
Microsoft has inked a deal with Scientific-Atlanta that will make the WebTV service available over the cable TV infrastructure for the first time.

Set-top giants eye home networking
General Instrument and Scientific-Atlanta are trying to lay the groundwork for their technologies to hold court at the center of future digital living.

Scientific-Atlanta striking set-top deals
SA's TV set-top push brings into the fold a well-funded company that is developing ways to meld the Internet and television experiences.

Intel shows off high-speed videophone
The chip giant is touting new videophone software for computers with cable modems or other high-speed Net connections.

Microsoft, others to buy Thomson stake
More details emerge on Microsoft's acquisition, along with three partners, of a third of Thomson Multimedia to help the consumer electronics maker develop technology for TV.

Tut Systems chalks another one up
The home networking start-up will add another company to its list of technology licensees when Motorola signs on.

Microsoft places its bets on cable
The software giant unleashes a multipronged strategy that will allow cable operators and broadband service providers to install various forms of Windows across set-top boxes and back-end systems.