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WebTV to Run on Scientific-Atlanta's Explorer 2000 Network

Microsoft Wednesday announced it will combine its WebTV service with Scientific-Atlanta Inc.'s Explorer 2000 digital set-top box and interactive network.

The joint venture is designed to offer cable systems and subscribers a combined product and service. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the agreement, Scientific-Atlanta will integrate WebTV with Scientific-Atlanta's conditional access, head-end network systems and other technologies. This will enable cable operators to offer the service seamlessly integrated with cable video programming through standard set-top boxes. In addition, cable operators will be able to co-brand the service and add specific content for a customized offering.

"Scientific-Atlanta has had long-standing success in the cable industry, as Microsoft has had with software technology," said Michael Harney, corporate vice president and general manager, Digital Subscriber Networks, Scientific-Atlanta.

"Together we have the necessary services, features and tools to support a long-term broadband service that will help multiple system operators serve their customers in a complete and customized way."

The two companies also announced they will collaborate on the design of a next-generation set-top box that will run the Windows CE operating system and be based on the Microsoft WebTV television software platform.

"Microsoft is committed to working with the cable industry to provide new technologies to cable customers," said Steve Perlman, president, WebTV Networks, Inc.

"Our relationship with Scientific-Atlanta is helping us to further our goals, while ultimately benefiting our customers and consumers."