Not being one to pay to much attention to Microsoft's other software developments (in this case, MediaRoom), I was surprised to learn today that my U-verse is the brainchild of Microsoft. With the introduction of MediaRoom2 and the promise that my XBoxs can be used as STB, I am having trouble finding where my ATV will soon fits in. I was hopeful with Apple's rumored subscription TV service, but considering how wonderfully my U-verse works, I can not see that now. The U-verse VOD are sometimes more expensive, but they are instant when I do choose to rent one. Unlike ATV, which even with 18 Mbps internet, sometimes takes a few minutes to start. Thankfully Microsoft has been playing nice with the Mac lately. Silverlight works on macs, and I have no doubt the MediaRoom2 Cloud DVR service will work on the iPhone as well. Who can ignore one device in your living room that will let you watch and record TV, play games, rent and movies and TV shows, and buy music? I fear that MS has crushed Apple in the living room. Just imagine how much more cool this will all be with Natal. No damn remotes... I give props to MS on this.