Microsoft considering Xbox LIVE TV channel

 

Microsoft may be looking to launch a TV channel for Xbox LIVE. Reports suggest that Microsoft has been in active discussions with former News Corp President Peter Chernin about launching a full channel’s worth of content that would be available exclusively to Xbox LIVE subscribers.  The channel would feature original shows and syndicated content.

This could be an interesting prospect, and it certainly explains the rumors from last week regarding Microsoft’s interest in Conan O’Brien. Delivering a whole channels worth of content is expensive though, and it sounds like those expenses could be passed on to consumers. Bloomberg reports Chernin suggested raising the current monthly Xbox LIVE subscription fee by $1 or $2 to offset programming costs.

Xbox LIVE is the current feature leader among gaming networks, but Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) continues to improve and is free. Raising the subscription price for a service that some already feel has free equivalents is sure to ruffle some feathers.

Video on demand has been a staple of the Xbox LIVE service for years at this point, so launching a TV channel would also seem to send mixed messages about Microsoft’s approach to content delivery on the platform.

 

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If they want to raise the price of the service they'll need to bring more than that to the table.

I do not need yet another TV channel and most XBox Live user don't. I have more than enough on my TV already.

I'm a fan of XBox Live and i have lot of RL friends on my friends list but right now the service if a rip off.

Basically you pay for messenger service and a game finder. Nothing that is even close to worth the price asked. Steam offers the same service for free.

XBox Live doesn't offer dedicated servers. All games are hosted by individuals using their bandwidth. Almost all things offered on the markeplace are not free and most of them are overpriced. The free goodies are generally marketing gimmicks. Don't mind paying for extra contents in games but asking money for simple themes an art student can make in less than 10 minutes is just wrong.

XBox Live is already too expensive considering it's like Steam but not free. TV channel is definately not enough to raise the price. Hope it will be like the marketplace. If i don't want it i don't pay for it.

I was so hoping this would have been an actual TV station (i.e cable, satellite). G4 is so lame and unorganized. I would much rather have this Xbox Live TV be more like TechTV, occasionally streaming current matches, or do some of the old game shows on G4TechTV where they compete via Vid games.

FFS, you guys are so cheap. Its epic. $12-$24 /yr extra is expensive? Get a job? lmao. Seriously, Ive made that much in the time it took me to type this comment.

pjw said,
FFS, you guys are so cheap. Its epic. $12-$24 /yr extra is expensive? Get a job? lmao. Seriously, Ive made that much in the time it took me to type this comment.

Wow, it must have taken you some time to write that comment.

pjw said,
FFS, you guys are so cheap. Its epic. $12-$24 /yr extra is expensive? Get a job? lmao. Seriously, Ive made that much in the time it took me to type this comment.

I have to agree. I have all 3 consoles and Live is by far the best online service. If they added some great content to that channel it just might be worth getting a "Platinum" account. But I'll have to wait and see what kind of content they put on there.

pjw said,
FFS, you guys are so cheap. Its epic. $12-$24 /yr extra is expensive? Get a job? lmao. Seriously, Ive made that much in the time it took me to type this comment.

Not everyone CAN get a job. That is something you should know, or learn. Not everyone is a lazy bum that just wants to sit on the couch and watch TV all day, most are TRYING to get a job. Not as easy as just saying "I'm going to get a job today!".

DarkNovaGamer said,

Not everyone CAN get a job. That is something you should know, or learn. Not everyone is a lazy bum that just wants to sit on the couch and watch TV all day, most are TRYING to get a job. Not as easy as just saying "I'm going to get a job today!".

I'm thinking a nicer way to put it would have been, If you are complaining about the price, then perhaps less time could be put to worrying about $12 and sitting around spending time on these games, and perhaps working another 2 hrs to earn it. (minimum wage is over $6 now, right? Not rly keeping up with that...)

Not to say I agree with the sentiment. I know I (a) have crap internet, making this obsolete, and (b) wouldn't use it since I never watch TV anyway. MAYBE 30 Rock like once a month.

smartin0115 said,

I'm thinking a nicer way to put it would have been, If you are complaining about the price, then perhaps less time could be put to worrying about $12 and sitting around spending time on these games, and perhaps working another 2 hrs to earn it. (minimum wage is over $6 now, right? Not rly keeping up with that...)

Not to say I agree with the sentiment. I know I (a) have crap internet, making this obsolete, and (b) wouldn't use it since I never watch TV anyway. MAYBE 30 Rock like once a month.

Ever thought maybe some of us are kids? Not all teenagers can get jobs at a really young age. Plus, to order a service,if your at our age, you need parental conesent. Why? For the money.

Why everyone complains about $1 to $2 increase is beyond me. XBL is well worth my money and for anyone who thinks that Sony won't start charging soon is being naive. XBL will keep expanding and adding new services but they can do that because they have the consumers support and PSN if you haven't noticed surely follows right behind MS (netflix). Do you honestly think Sony can keep up with XBL in the long run, without charging for it? I know I don't.

MS can NOT raise prices while others are free. With no blue-ray and everything else, you'd think they would be lowering the price.

justmike said,
MS can NOT raise prices while others are free. With no blue-ray and everything else, you'd think they would be lowering the price.

While I agree that the Xbox 360 needs a blu-ray drive (I really dont want to have to buy a separate player or a PS3 for my bedroom), what has blu-ray got to do with Xbox Live?

Increasing the Subscription cost... Stupid. They already cost too much considering the other consoles are free online.

Makes me sure I'm staying with my Wii for ages. Free Wi-Fi (Built in wifi too). If they add the channel they could at least make the subscription increase optional!!!

TechDudeGeorge said,
Increasing the Subscription cost... Stupid. They already cost too much considering the other consoles are free online.

Makes me sure I'm staying with my Wii for ages. Free Wi-Fi (Built in wifi too). If they add the channel they could at least make the subscription increase optional!!!

LOL @ TechDudeGeorge for comparing the Wii online service to Xbox Live.

TechDudeGeorge said,

Makes me sure I'm staying with my Wii for ages. Free Wi-Fi (Built in wifi too).

1. the Wii, although great for people under 10 and over 60, has almost nothing appealing to anyone wishing for an online experience.
2. The Wii's internet network is terrible. You need to get a specific 'friend code' to be able to find anyone you know and do anything with them.
3. Last I knew, the level of any kind of interaction with people via Wii online is the same as a com, except POSSIBLY smarter.
4. You can get Wi-fi for an xbox at varying prices depending on how many USB slots you want to take up as well. Oh, and a direct connection is more reliable than Wi-fi.

There are some things Nintendo is good at. An online gaming network is not one of them.

Paying less than $4/month isn't bad as it is. If the quality of programming is decent with committments to improve over the years... and extra buck or two would be ok with me. MSFT has been improving the service over the years (I was a beta tester for the OG Live) so I think this venture could become a great addition.

Briing it on, Xbox.