Making sense of the connected TV craze

Connected TV was front and center at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month: Panasonic, LG, and Sharp all shone spotlights on Internet-enabled televisions, along with just about every other TV manufacturer. MySpace even decided to resurrect itself at CES as a social-TV experience. With all of the articles, press events, parties, celebrity sightings and sheer volume of tech TV news, the full picture of “connected TV” could be easy to miss.

Microsoft planning Xbox 360 TV service to compete with Google TV

Amidst the hoopla surrounding Google TV and Apple TV, Microsoft has been oddly quiet. Now we have an idea of what the software giant is up to: It’s apparently in talks with media companies to license TV networks for a subscription web TV service, people familiar with the plans told Reuters.

Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7 to show U-verse live TV

AT&T confirmed today that Microsoft’s Xbox 360 will serve as a set-top box for AT&T’s U-verse broadband TV service. While it’s an interesting development that lowers the cost of the service, it’s also about three years late.