Microsoft to add MTV, Maxim and more video apps to Xbox Live

Microsoft has been adding a ton of streaming video apps for Xbox 360 owners in the past year, via their Xbox Live Gold subscription service. Today, the company released a list of new apps that will be added to the game console by the spring of 2013 and also announced that a number of new apps will be made available this week.

The announcements came, as they usually do, from Microsoft's Larry Hryb and his Major Nelson website. As far as the video apps that will be released this week, they will include CNet in the US and Canada, Maxim in the US, and CinemaNow expanding to Canada. Germany will get a number of new video apps including ARTE (also coming to France), Napster (also coming to the UK), SPORT1 (also coming to Austria) and Zattoo. The Vevo video service will expand to Spain, Italy and France this week.

All Xbox Live regions around the world will get access to Microsoft's SkyDrive service starting today, as well as the previously announced Karaoke app that charges users by the hour. In addition, Hryb posted a list of new apps that will be added between now and the spring of 2013:

1. All3M (United Kingdom, United States)
2. Ameba TV (Canada, United States)
3. ARTE (Germany, France)
4. Azteca (Mexico)
5. Canalplay Infinity (France)
6. CBC’s Hockey Night (Canada)
7. CrunchyRoll (Majority of LIVE Regions)
8. Deezer (Majority of LIVE Regions)
9. Eredivisie Live (Netherlands)
10. Fightbox (Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, United Kingdom)
11. Flixster (United States)
12. GameTrailers (Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States)
13. Globosat Muu (Brazil)
14. Gulli Replay (France)
15. HBO Nordics (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden)
16. IndieFlix (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)
17. Livesport.tv (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom)
18. Machinima (Majority of LIVE Regions)
19. Maxim (United States)
20. MTV (United States)
21. MyTF1 (France)
22. MyTF1VOD (France)
23. Napster (Germany, United Kingdom)
24. Pathe Thuis (Netherlands)
25. PBS (United States)
26. PopcornFlix (United States)
27. Rai TV (Italy)
28. Sainsbury (United Kingdom)
29. Saraiva (Brazil)
30. SBS (Netherlands)
31. SF Anytime (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden)
32. Slacker Radio (Canada, United States)
33. SPORT1 (Austria, Germany)
34. The CW Network (United States)
35. Televisa (Mexico)
36. TV3 (Spain)
37. Viaplay (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden)
38. Vidéo à la Demande d’Orange (France)
39. Vimeo (United States)
40. VIVO Play (Brazil)
41. Watchever (Austria, Germany)
42. Zattoo (Germany)
43. Ziggo (Netherlands)

As we mentioned in a recent editorial, Microsoft currently does not allow Xbox 360 owners to access their video apps without first paying for the Xbox Live Gold service, while other game consoles and set top TV boxes require no such extra subscription to access similar apps.

Source: Major Nelson | Image via Microsoft

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I'm probably ditching my Roku for this once it goes live. Roku can't buffer for crap anymore on my U-Verse connection CR is my biggest holdover.