BET, Microsoft tell plans

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Black Entertainment Television and Microsoft Corp. said Thursday they will form a new company to deliver, via PCs, interactive entertainment and information programming for African-Americans. It will include Internet online programming, interactive television and CD-ROM titles. The company will be managed from BET headquarters in Washington, and will focus initially on developing interactive programming to be delivered via the Microsoft Network.

Separately, Microsoft also announced that it will work with Bell Atlantic to market ISDN (integrated services digital network) telephone service to users of Windows 95. Software facilitating ISDN use will be downloadable from the World Wide Web and the Microsoft Network by the second quarter. Bell Atlantic will also provide the ISDN software to its customers. ISDN integrates voice, data and video signals on a single high-speed digital phone line that can transmit information up to ten times faster than most personal computers can communicate over an analog modem.

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