More rumors surface on Xbox Live TV service

Microsoft officially announced plans to offer Xbox 360 owners the option to watch live television programs in June at E3 2011. Now a new report from Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources, claims that Microsoft could finally release concrete details about the Xbox Live TV feature as soon as next week. The article repeats a previous rumor that suggests Comcast and Verizon have signed an agreement with Microsoft to offer their cable TV content on the Xbox 360.

Bloomberg's article adds that Microsoft is working to secure deals to offer three cable TV channels to Xbox 360 users: the premium pay cable network HBO and the Universal-owned cable channels Bravo and Syfy. In addition, Microsoft could sign agreements to offer Lovefilm UK on the service, which is owned by Amazon. Finally, in an odd twist, the article claims that Xbox 360 owners could also see content from Crackle, an Internet movie and TV service that's owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment. Sony is one of Microsoft's biggest rivals in the console game space with its Playstation 3 console.

Offering live television via the Xbox 360 console continues Microsoft's push to make the product more of an entertainment hub than just a game console. It already offers movie, TV show and music downloads via its Zune service, music streaming via Last.fm, streaming video of movie and TV shows from Netflix and Hulu Plus and live sports events from ESPN3. The live TV features are expected to be added to the Xbox 360 when its Dashboard revamp goes live later this fall.

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Thats disappointing. I have no interest in watching any of those channels, and certainly wouldn't pay extra for them. I thought Microsoft was bringing a complete basic cable lineup to the Xbox.

xpxp2002 said,
Thats disappointing. I have no interest in watching any of those channels, and certainly wouldn't pay extra for them. I thought Microsoft was bringing a complete basic cable lineup to the Xbox.

I totally agree. I'm looking to be the next cord cutter and getting ready to drop DirecTV and just got ANT and Internet

If they make deals with HBO and Syfy directly why do they have to make a deal with comcast or verison? Is it over capping and so on? Because either way this is going to be IPTV, thus, streaming to your 360 so it'll eat up your data quota like netflix does.

That sounds ace!! I can see one obvious problem (in the UK at least) and that's if there's a mandate to have a Gold subscription to use the service. If there is, then the BBC won't be able to join in.

able_aardvark said,
That sounds ace!! I can see one obvious problem (in the UK at least) and that's if there's a mandate to have a Gold subscription to use the service. If there is, then the BBC won't be able to join in.

And what a shame that'll be, right? Now the 13 year old gold members won't be able to catch up on Points of View!