Microsoft updates Xbox 360 ESPN channel with new features

Sports fans who own Microsoft's Xbox 360 console now have some new options for watching games. As promised several weeks ago, a major update to the console's ESPN3 channel is now available for console owners who have Xbox Live Gold access. As reported on the Major Nelson web site, the update brings a number of new features for the channel including being able to watch two live sports events at the same time via a split screen in 720p resolutions.

Other new features include a new guide that shows off what's being offered for viewers on ESPN3 on the bottom of the screen. Fans of college football, which is just getting started here in the US, will be happy with the new scoreboard which allows fans to check out an updated list of the week's scores from the college scene on the right side of the screen while you watch your favorite game on the left side. You can also tag which future games are coming up and be reminded of them. The MySports feature lets you customize which games and game genres you are interested in seeing on the ESPN3 channel with news and highlights. There's also ESPN BottomLine, a new feature that offers up breaking news from the sports world.

Kinect owners will also be happy with the ESPN3 update as they will be able to use the motion controller camera add on to control some aspects of the channel via voice control. You can use your voice to tell the channel to scroll through its content guide as well as play, pause and rewind sports highlights.

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It's definitely a bit better. I updated yesterday and messed around with it for a bit and I just might use it a bit more. We'll see...

"now available for console owners who have Xbox Live Gold access"

Meh ... pointless! Only available within Uncle Sam's Walled Garden!

DJGM said,
"now available for console owners who have Xbox Live Gold access"

Meh ... pointless! Only available within Uncle Sam's Walled Garden!

Why the hell would you expect a US based channel which offers US based sports programing to be offered outside of the US? Why do you people feel like you are entitled to everything like this?

reidtheweed01 said,

Why the hell would you expect a US based channel which offers US based sports programing to be offered outside of the US? Why do you people feel like you are entitled to everything like this?

Everything? It's one channel and It's disappointing when Microsoft make a big deal of it and then only make it available to one country when we're being charged similar prices for LIVE and getting a lesser service.

reidtheweed01 said,
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because my Canadian television service provider offers me espn1 espn2 and some other espn garbage.
They also use Microsoft's Mediaroom package to deliver the content to my set top box which is an xbox360.

Why not just bypass the middleman offering me service.

FlintyV said,

Everything? It's one channel and It's disappointing when Microsoft make a big deal of it and then only make it available to one country when we're being charged similar prices for LIVE and getting a lesser service.

They are making a big deal of it because it's called hype and advertising. They don't have the rights from ESPN to allow other countries to use it.

Because some people outside of the US actually enjoy American Sports, I don't watch much but I enjoy watching College Basketball especially when it's March Madness and I live in the UK.

Luckily I have access to ESPN America through my virgin box so this isnt too much of a problem however I don't see why this should be limited as there are plenty people outside of the US including US citizens who would enjoy things like this.

FlintyV said,

Everything? It's one channel and It's disappointing when Microsoft make a big deal of it and then only make it available to one country when we're being charged similar prices for LIVE and getting a lesser service.

I find the "update" news from Xbox too US focused during the last year and a half.
Xbox lost the world-wide focus and I wouldn't be surprised if the sales figures in Europe will be disappointing in the coming holiday season.

Me personally, I find myself buying more and more PS3 versions of recent games, the last xbox game I bought was Halo reach. (I own the 3 consoles, Wii/PS3/Xbox360)

Tikimotel said,
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Just wait until the european exclusive content from BskyB and Canal+ hit your consoles with the fall dashboard update.

Canadians and other countries will still be left out. At least Microsoft are trying to make inroads into your market.

Does anyone know the technical reason why your ISP must be on the approved (ESPN3 carrying) list for this app to work?

This leads into my second question. For the rumored upcoming live TV for xbox, anyone think it will have a similar 'special ISPs only' requirement?

Vannos said,
Does anyone know the technical reason why your ISP must be on the approved (ESPN3 carrying) list for this app to work?

Probably licensing fee issues with ESPN.

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