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Microsoft beats Apple, Google to acquire media startup - Report
January 3, 2013 6:18AM PST
Eddie Makuch
By Eddie Makuch, News Editor

Redmond technology giant buys Blake Krikorian's id8 Group R2 Studios Inc. and its patents for controlling electronic devices to bolster Xbox platform.

Microsoft has agreed to acquire a home entertainment startup--id8 Group R2 Studios Inc.--in an effort to bolster its Xbox unit, sources have told The Wall Street Journal.

 

The company was formed by entrepreneur Blake Krikorian, who created the Sling Box technology alongside his brother, Jason.

Blake Krikorian will join Microsoft with a "small team" of developers. Microsoft's acquisition of the company also includes some of the startup's patents, which are related to controlling electronic devices.

A price for the deal was not divulged. A Microsoft representative was not immediately available to comment on the reported acquisition and what it could entail for the future of the Xbox platform.

According to the report, R2 Studios has been developing technology related to "distributing and displaying digital media on TVs." What's more, Apple and Google were also reportedly interested in acquiring the company, but Microsoft ended up winning out.

Microsoft has rapidly expanded its Xbox platform from a game-specific system to a hub for on-demand, live, and streaming video content. Microsoft has recently partnered with the likes of HBO, Comcast, Netflix, and YouTube for streaming services through the Xbox platform.

Microsoft announced in March last year that gamers in the United States spend more time with Xbox Live entertainment applications than they do playing multiplayer games over the service.

Eddie Makuch
By Eddie Makuch, News Editor

Eddie Makuch (Mack-ooh) is a News Editor at GameSpot. He works out of the company's Boston office in Somerville, Mass., and loves extra chunky peanut butter.



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Slingbox is a nice piece of kit. Need to think about this... but sounds immediately interesting. Wonder what their thought process is here.

Next Xbox OWNZ !

Their tech will go right into the NextBox.

       

"Microsoft beats Apple, Google to acquire media startup"

I read this as "1) Microsoft beats Apple" and "2) Google to acquire media startup."

This is why I hate newspaper and article headlines. Their grammar is always open to misinterpretation.

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wfz said:
"Microsoft beats Apple, Google to acquire media startup"

I read this as "1) Microsoft beats Apple" and "2) Google to acquire media startup."

This is why I hate newspaper and article headlines. Their grammar is always open to misinterpretation.

This. I was quite confused reading through the first half of the "article".



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So what will this be used for?

"The Slingbox is a TV streaming media device made by Sling Media that encodes video into the VC-1 format for transmission over the Internet and provides an infrared blaster. The video encoding and IR blaster can both be operated remotely over the Internet. These features allow users to remotely view and control their home's cable, satellite, or personal video recorder (PVR) system from an Internet-enabled computer with a broadband Internet connection."



hmm so controlling a recorder via another computer, is this doable for gaming, and what effect would it have on kinect? Make kinect into a home security system?

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Duplicate ;o http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=152186&page=1#