Interactive TV with MICROSOFT
In August 1999, Thomson multimedia announced its joint venture
TAK with MICROSOFT,
a new company dedicating itself to interactive television services
in Europe. The first range of Thomson TAK interactive television
was launched in France in December 2000. TAK provides a complete
line of services such as Internet access, E-mail, information
services, and access to interactive programming.
Thomson multimedia and Microsoft have formed another alliance,
with this time alongside digital media provider DIRECTV to market
in North America a new advanced decoder equipped with a hard disc
drive and the new Microsoft Ultimate TV service.
Thomson multimedia provides DVD-Rom drives along with DVD and
video compression (MPEG2) technology for Microsoft new video game