Xbox 360 to Offer Loads of New Video Entertainment

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Xbox and Microsoft have been working on Xbox TV. We’ve known about it since E3 or so. Now they’ve signed up some deals and, coupled with the death of the Zune devices, are ready to bring it all to the Xbox 360 in one cohesive package. Or are they?xbox tv plans coming to fruition

There are some major caveats to this Xbox TV deal, while the lineup of content is rather long (see below) the catch is that you will probably need to have a subscription to one of the participating providers like Verizon, AT&T or ComCast. It’s said that Microsoft is also working on Time Warner Cable and a couple others as well. This won’t all be free content that just shows up in your Xbox LIVE Gold membership. On top of that, for premium content from subscription channels like HBO, you will probably need to show that you already have a subscription because at present HBO GO is not available without a subscription to the HBO channel via your cable or satellite provider.

This holiday, Verizon will bring a selection of popular live TV channels to Xbox 360 and will be a leader in delivering live, multichannel streaming HD TV, integrated with Kinect, via Xbox. From early reports of this deal it sounded like you might be able to use the Xbox 360 in place of a set-top box to watch some content and get on-demand content, which you already subscribe to. It did not sound like you would get access to content like HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, etc without already paying for it.

We have contacted Xbox for further comment and information on how this will all tie into XBLA. It has also been thought that this might all be included in a new Platinum or Diamond level XBLA account. Many might balk at paying more than $60 a year, the current price of an XBLA Gold account, because that really just gives online multiplayer access and very little else whereas Nintendo and Playstation 3 offer that for free.

Here’s a bit more on the Verizon FiOS deal:  Using a Verizon-developed software application, FiOS TV and Internet customers who are also Xbox LIVE Gold members will be able to view popular live TV channels through their Xbox consoles without any extra hardware required. This holiday, Verizon will bring a selection of popular live TV channels to Xbox 360 and will be a leader in delivering live, multichannel streaming HD TV, integrated with Kinect, via the Xbox. So there you go, confirmation of that. Oh, and there’s like $100 fee, or setup or something as well being rumored.

 

Xbox 360 is the first console to offer access to the world’s greatest TV properties, including BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and LOVEFiLM in the U.K.; Antena 3, RTVE and Telefonica in Spain; Televisa in Mexico; and Bravo, Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand service, Crackle, EPIX, Syfy, TMZ, "The Today Show," UFC, Verizon FiOS and HBO GO in the United States.

With live and on-demand content from ESPN in the U.S., UFC in the U.S. and Canada, GolTV in Spain and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment/Real Sports in Canada, Xbox 360 completely changes how sports fans experience and interact with their favorite pastimes. The all-new ESPN on Xbox LIVE features thousands of live events and video highlights with enhanced personalization features, split-screen viewing and an updated interface content guide that makes it easy for fans to find the highlights from the teams and sports they care most about. UFC on Xbox LIVE gives fans access to live pre-event videos, a catalog of on-demand video, an Interactive Fight Card and pay-per-view events in stunning HD all together in one place.

In addition to adding the world’s largest TV providers and the best names in sports, the biggest names in Web video, news and music are also coming to Xbox 360, including AlloCine, Dailymotion, iHeartRadio, MSN with MSNBC.com, "The Today Show," TMZ, VEVO and YouTube. Whether catching up on the Web’s latest viral videos, watching breaking news, sports and weather, listening to your favorite music, or sitting down to enjoy your favorite games, movies or TV shows.

Xbox Kinect users will be able to do voice search with Bing on Xbox which easily looks across a variety of branded services and play the programming you want without ever raising a finger.

They are also jumping on the Social TV bandwagon and everything in Xbox has been designed to share with friends. Share recommendations, and show the Xbox LIVE community what games you’re playing, movies you’re watching and music you’re listening to, as well as invite them to join in -- even post your game achievements and info about your favorite movies directly to your Facebook wall from Xbox LIVE, something that we’ve been able to do on the PS3 for some time now.

The Big Entertainment Partners on Xbox 360 (Existing are marked with ** those with Xbox Live Gold and/or extra fees and Kinect are marked with *)

  • ABC iView -- Australia
  • AlloCine -- France, Germany, Spain, U.K.
  • Antena 3 -- Spain
  • Astral Media’s Disney XD -- Canada
  • AT&T** -- U.S.
  • BBC -- U.K.
  • blinkbox -- U.K.
  • Bravo -- U.S.
  • BSkyB** -- U.K.
  • Canal+* -- France, Spain
  • Channel 4 -- U.K.
  • Channel 5 -- U.K.
  • CinemaNow (Best Buy) -- U.S.
  • Comcast -- U.S.
  • Crackle -- Australia, Canada, U.K., U.S.
  • Dailymotion -- Available in 32 markets
  • EPIX -- U.S.
  • ESPN** -- U.S.
  • Facebook** -- Available in all 35 Xbox LIVE markets
  • FOXTEL** -- Australia
  • GolTV -- Spain
  • HBO GO -- U.S.
  • Hulu -- Japan
  • Hulu +** -- U.S.
  • iHeartRadio (Clear Channel) -- U.S.
  • Last.fm** -- U.K., U.S.
  • LOVEFiLM -- Germany, U.K.
  • Manga Entertainment -- U.S.
  • Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment/Real Sports -- Canada
  • MediaSet -- Italy
  • MSN with MSNBC.com -- Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, U.K.
  • MUZU.TV -- France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K.
  • Netflix** -- Canada, U.S.
  • Rogers On Demand Online (RODO) -- Canada
  • RTVE -- Spain
  • SBS On Demand -- Australia
  • Syfy -- U.S.
  • Telefonica -- Spain
  • Televisa -- Mexico
  • "The Today Show" -- U.S.
  • TELUS** -- Canada
  • TMZ -- U.S.
  • Twitter** -- Available in all 35 Xbox LIVE markets
  • UFC -- Canada, U.S.
  • Verizon -- U.S.
  • VEVO -- Canada, U.K., U.S.
  • VimpelCom** -- Russia
  • Vodafone Portugal** -- Portugal
  • YouTube -- Available in 22 markets
  • ZDF -- Germany
  • Zune** -- Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K., U.S.

 

 

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