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#1 George P

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 16:33

Microsoft announced on Wednesday a massive range of deals with high profile TV providers worldwide

The deals will see a number of TV and entertainment channels coming to Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE service. Highlights include Bravo, Comcast, HBO GO and Syfy in the United States and BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 in the UK.

Xbox users will need the latest dashboard update, due later this year, to experience live TV with Xbox LIVE. Microsoft is planning to make the TV channels available to Xbox LIVE subscribers and some partners will integrate Kinect experiences with their TV channels. ”Today’s announcement is a major step toward realizing our vision to bring you all the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, made easy,” said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “Combining the world’s leading TV and entertainment providers with the power of Kinect for Xbox 360* and the intelligence of Bing voice search will make TV and entertainment more personal, social and effortless.”

The full list includes providers worldwide:

• ABC iView – Australia
• AlloCiné – 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

* Xbox LIVE Gold membership and/or other subscriptions/fees required. Kinect functionality varies by feature, provider and region.
** Denotes existing partners on Xbox LIVE available today.

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#2 Jan

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 16:38

F*CK YES. For once England gets a good range of channels.

#3 Rudy

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 16:41

• VEVO – Canada, U.K., U.S.

What's that one? Never heard of it

#4 OP George P

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 16:47

VEVO is a online video site, think youtube but for music videos, official ones.

http://www.vevo.com/

#5 spudtrooper

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 16:51

Looks cool, still waiting on details if it requires more money to comca$t or a$$ or ve$rizon. I have att for uverse internet, but not tv. They charge ~150 bucks to "setup" your xbox 360 for tv (100 disk and 50 dollar home fee). I also don't want all the channels on uverse, just ones i watch.. oh well. heh

i'd be thrilled if i could get discovery hd.. syfy is ok

#6 OP George P

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 17:00

* Xbox LIVE Gold membership and/or other subscriptions/fees required. Kinect functionality varies by feature, provider and region.
** Denotes existing partners on Xbox LIVE available today.

So you know what the * and ** stand for in the list.

#7 HawkMan

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 17:02

That's a lot of UK, but not a lot of Norway, not that I expected it.

But some stuff like love film is in Norway to.

#8 BajiRav

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 17:04

Nice video here http://www.microsoft...z_convert=Share

#9 Ayepecks

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 17:32

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#10 BajiRav

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 17:46

what the **** is a "Light UI" ? another theme for the dash?

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#11 akav0id

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 17:51

what the **** is a "Light UI" ? another theme for the dash?

LightUI.PNG



The new dashboard update?

#12 Motoko.

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 17:53

Since I have fios, will this be free?

#13 BajiRav

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 18:10

The new dashboard update?

That's coming in Fall 2011, not Spring 2012.

#14 Paul Ferson

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 18:13

Maybe it's another Dashboard update or something? Then again, the new UI we're getting is light. It might be another UI change or something, as odd as it would be to announce so early. :s

#15 OP George P

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 18:17

I think the "light UI" is just what you see on the screen, the white bg theme or w/e. Look at the leaked videos from a few days ago that show a darker BG etc, I think that's what we're going to get first.