Microsoft announces Xbox Live TV

Microsoft has now released an announcement on Major Nelson's blog about Xbox Live TV. According to the Major Nelson blog, 40 providers are coming to Xbox Live TV. These include Comcast, Verizon FIOS, Bravo, HBO GO, and Syfy in the United States. In the UK, additional providers include BBC TV and Radio. Rogers on Demand in Canada, Telefónica in Spain, Televisa in Mexico, ZDF (Germany), and MediaSet (Italy) will be rolling out as well. 20 countries will be a part of the rollout this holiday season.

Of course, there are some existing providers that have already rolled out. AT&T, BSkyB, Canal+ (France), ESPN (US), Foxtel (Australia), and Hulu Plus are some of the services already provided. According to the TechNet blog, Xbox Live TV will allow you to use the Xbox 360 as a set-top box. In other words, the Xbox 360 will become a true entertainment and media consumption device.

Microsoft is certainly stepping up the game for its own console. Other console makers might follow, but for now, it looks like Microsoft has the edge, even if they are not exactly letting you cut the cable bill with the new service. It appears that this fits in with their "three screens" vision. Stay tuned and we will keep you informed as to when more information comes out. If you are interested in more information, check out the additional links below.

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I would think BBC would have to be available to Xbox free subscribers too, because of the licence fee. I bet Microsoft aren't happy about that.

akav0id said,
I would think BBC would have to be available to Xbox free subscribers too, because of the licence fee. I bet Microsoft aren't happy about that.

Xbox wont get the BBC iPlayer so don't get your hopes up. I quote...

"Apparently, BBC iPlayer will not be available on the Xbox 360, but certain BBC programmes from MSN Player will be available. This is due to the BBC thinking that it is wrong to pay for BBC Services through Xbox Live Gold."

UK list is now available here...

http://www.xbox.com/en-GB/Live/Partners

As an employee of a Mediaroom partner here in Canada, I'm not too impressed with the licensing deal with Rogers On demand.

We'll have to see how this plays out.

Snake89 said,

for the simple fact that Rogers On demand is for Ontario only.

I know i'm not very happy about it.

No it's not, I just signed up to their existing browser/flash based service and watched 'GlobalTV' content here in SK.

What happened to 4OD and ITV Player which were announced like at the start of the year? Even a spokes person from Channel 4 said they've released an app on the iPad and the Xbox was next in development.

edit- opps, just saw Channel 4 on MN blog.

It's a shame ITV aren't on that list. Typical of them to not take part in something like that. But that's fine. As long as the BBC are doing it, I'm happy.

It's a shame ITV aren't on that list. Typical of them to not take part in something like that. But that's fine. As long as the BBC are doing it, I'm happy.

Hope Media Center is not eventually ignored because of this and both get parallel improvements. Imagine Media Center running on Xbox!

xpclient said,
Hope Media Center is not eventually ignored because of this and both get parallel improvements. Imagine Media Center running on Xbox!

Wouldn't be surprised if next xbox is based on windows 8.. they're going after the 3 screens pretty hard.. Mobile/Portable, Desktop and TV

xpclient said,
Hope Media Center is not eventually ignored because of this and both get parallel improvements. Imagine Media Center running on Xbox!

Wouldn't be surprised if next xbox is based on windows 8.. they're going after the 3 screens pretty hard.. Mobile/Portable, Desktop and TV

xpclient said,
Hope Media Center is not eventually ignored because of this and both get parallel improvements. Imagine Media Center running on Xbox!

Microsoft have clearly said that Media Center is going to get an upgrade.

I was worried about what this is going to be like in Canada but it seems to be not to bad..

Astral Media's Disney XD - Canada
Crackle - Australia, Canada, U.K., U.S.
Facebook** - Available in all 35 Xbox LIVE markets
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment/Real Sports - Canada
MSN with MSNBC.com - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, U.K
Netflix**- Canada, U.S.
Rogers On Demand Online (RODO) - Canada
UFC - Canada, U.S.
VEVO - Canada, U.K., U.S.
YouTube - Available in 22 markets

at least were getting some stuff

Boo...hiss....ESPN is NOT ESPN...it's ESPN3. There's very little if any content on it unless you watch soccer (blah) or horseracing (seriously?) There are a few video clips, but I've yet to see the usefullness of it. I want the full STANDARD ESPN channel, NOT ESPN3.

This will suck in the UK due to our lack of content. I can no doubt bet that Sky will just push Sky Go which lacks most of the good channels (Not even Comedy Central) and the UK has limited cable availability.

So pass.

TechDudeGeorge said,
This will suck in the UK due to our lack of content. I can no doubt bet that Sky will just push Sky Go which lacks most of the good channels (Not even Comedy Central) and the UK has limited cable availability.

So pass.

AlloCiné - France, Germany, Spain, U.K.
BBC - U.K.
blinkbox - U.K.
BSkyB - U.K.
Channel 4 - U.K.
Channel 5 - U.K.
Crackle - Australia, Canada, U.K., U.S.
Dailymotion - Available in 32 markets
Last.fm - U.K., U.S.
LOVEFiLM - Germany, U.K.
MSN with MSNBC.com - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, U.K.
MUZU.TV - France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K.
VEVO - Canada, U.K., U.S.
YouTube - Available in 22 markets


Sooooo little content in the UK indeed

TechDudeGeorge said,
This will suck in the UK due to our lack of content. I can no doubt bet that Sky will just push Sky Go which lacks most of the good channels (Not even Comedy Central) and the UK has limited cable availability.

So pass.


I say wait and see what happens. The service has not fully rolled out yet.

Sraf said,

AlloCiné - France, Germany, Spain, U.K.
BBC - U.K.
blinkbox - U.K.
BSkyB - U.K.
Channel 4 - U.K.
Channel 5 - U.K.
Crackle - Australia, Canada, U.K., U.S.
Dailymotion - Available in 32 markets
Last.fm - U.K., U.S.
LOVEFiLM - Germany, U.K.
MSN with MSNBC.com - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, U.K.
MUZU.TV - France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K.
VEVO - Canada, U.K., U.S.
YouTube - Available in 22 markets


Sooooo little content in the UK indeed

I thought Dailymotion was full of porn?

SCRISP said,

I thought Dailymotion was full of porn?

It has parental locks, I'm sure MS thought of that


/Mmmm, porn