Deutsche Telekom’s French Internet arm, Club Internet, will this month become the first in Europe to offer an Internet-based television and video-on-demand service using Microsoft’s TV software.
The software giant’s TV software package, which was commercially launched in the United States in September, is a key plank of the group’s strategy to diversify into telecoms, media and the home-networking market.
Existing customers at Club Internet will be able to start using Microsoft’s TV software at the end of the month while new customers will wait until August.
The U.S. software provider expects to launch its TV software commercially with Deutsche Telekom in Germany starting this summer and BT Group in Britain later this year.
Partners worldwide using its software now total 15 and include Telecom Italia and Swisscom.
Club Internet had 500,000 high-speed Internet customers by early June, placing it behind rivals Orange, Iliad and Neuf Cegetel in France.
The Microsoft press release has more details on the deal, but financial terms were not disclosed. We’ve mentioned the Deutsche Telekom deal previously and also how, after many lean years, Microsoft’s TV effort looks like it is beginning to pay off.