HBO GO and more video apps now available on Xbox LIVE [Update]

Microsoft has been beefing up its non-gaming download services for its Xbox 360 console for a number of months now. Today, Major Nelson (aka Microsoft's Larry Hyrb) announced that three more streaming video apps are now available for Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers in the US.

The biggest of the three new releases is HBO GO, which allows subscribers who have access to the pay TV network a way to check out all of the currently running movies on the network at any time. It also offers on-demand access to full seasons of current and past HBO original shows. The app also has support for Kinect, allowing you to navigate through the catalog of titles with gestures, or to perform voice-powered searches for content.

Subscribers to Comcast cable TV can also access a new app: XFINITY TV. The app allows Comcast users to watch content from many of the networks that it has access to. Finally, pro baseball fans can now download and use the MLB.TV app, which offers videos of both live and on-demand Major League Baseball games, along with other features.

The Verge reports that according to Microsoft, Xbox 360 users are now spending more time watching TV shows and movies and listening to music via the console than they are playing multiplayer games (although we do wonder if that statistic would change if single player only games are added to the mix). Xbox LIVE Gold members are now spending an average of 84 hours per month on the online service.

Update - The official Xbox HBO Go web site currently does not list Time Warner Cable or Comcast as among the cable tv companies that support the HBO Go Xbox Live app.

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so my xbl gold allows me to get these wonderful apps but you cant use them unless you subscribe to those services. like mlb and hbo go. i feel like i should be getting some of this stuff as part of my gold membership. the xfinity is ok, altho you have to sit thru commercials. the only "premium" content i get is the espn app. which i only get because im a comcast customer. which my bill is $180/month.

HBO really needs to allow people to subscribe directly to an HBO GO subscription. They are missing out on a huge opportunity by not doing this.

Steelyuhas said,
HBO really needs to allow people to subscribe directly to an HBO GO subscription. They are missing out on a huge opportunity by not doing this.

I'm pretty sure they are looking into this option since their app has taken off on almost all platforms. I just don't know what kind of agreements they have with providers that might keep them from offering this option.

Steelyuhas said,
HBO really needs to allow people to subscribe directly to an HBO GO subscription. They are missing out on a huge opportunity by not doing this.

Wouldn't surprise me if they have contracts somewhere that prevent this right now.

It's sad that I use this mostly for watching videos instead of playing video games. Microsoft did really well with the 360. It has so many uses. Google TV and Apple TV have nothing on the Xbox 360.

Unfortunately, HBO and my cable provider haven't worked out a deal, so even though I'm an HBO subscriber and have a Xbox 360 Gold subscription, I can't use HBO GO.

Friend has HBO and I can use her login on my 360 and I love it, never need to pay for cable again between Hulu, Netflix and HBO Watching Boardwalk Empire now

HBO GO is huge for the 360 and for on demand TV content. I will watch the **** out of this...I wasn't expecting it until 4/1, but a welcome surprise!