Verizon Friday announced plans to utilize the Microsoft TV platform for the commercial rollout of its ViOS TV service, planned to launch later this year. The service will provide high-definition TV,
digital video recording, on-demand video services, and ultimately video over Internet and to wireless hand-held and cell phone devices. Verizon is the second major telco to announce such a deal. In
November, SBC Communications announced a $400 million ten-year deal to incorporate Microsoft TV into its advanced TV platforms.