Xbox 360's new TV and video services launch scheduled

On Tuesday, Microsoft will launch the long awaited Dashboard Update for the Xbox 360 console worldwide. The launch will add a new user interface for Microsoft's game console as well as a number of new features. One of them is the addition of live television and streaming video services for the US and other countries.

In a new press release, Microsoft revealed the schedule of which TV and video services will go live on Tuesday, which will be available later in December and which services won't be launcing until sometime in 2012. 

On Tuesday, US Xbox 360 owers will be able to check out new services such as the EPIX movie cable channel, while later in December Microsoft will finally add YouTube support for the Xbox 360 in 24 countries. It will also be adding services here in the US such as Crackle, TMZ, UFC, Verizon FiOS and Vudu. We will have to wait untl 2012 to access video services such as HBO Go, CinemaNow and Comcast's Xfinity on Demand.

The full schedule can be seen below:

Dec. 6:

EPIX. United States
ESPN on Xbox LIVE (ESPN). United States
Hulu. Japan
Hulu Plus. United States
LOVEFiLM. United Kingdom
Netflix. Canada, United States
Premium Play by (MediaSet). Italy
Sky Go (SkyDE). Germany
Telefónica España – Movistar Imagenio. Spain
TODAY (MSNBC). United States

Later in December:

4 on Demand (C4). United Kingdom
ABC iView (Australian Broadcasting Corp.). Australia
AlloCiné. France (AlloCiné), Germany (Filmstarts), Spain (Sensacine), United Kingdom (Screenrush)
Astral Media’s Disney XD (Astral Media). Canada 
blinkbox (Blinkbox). United Kingdom
Crackle (Sony Pictures). Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States
Dailymotion. Available in 32 countries globally
Demand 5 (Five). United Kingdom
DIGI+ (CANAL+). Spain
GolTV (Mediapro). Spain
iHeartRadio (Clear Channel). United States
Mediathek/ZDF (ZDF). Germany  
MSN. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, United Kingdom
MSNBC.com. United States
MUZU.TV. Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
ninemsn. Australia
Real Sports (Maple Leaf Sports). Canada
Rogers On Demand Online (Rogers Media). Canada
SBS ON DEMAND.Australia
Sky Go (SkyDE). Austria
TMZ (Warner Bros.). Canada, United States
TVE (RTVE.es). Spain
UFC on Xbox LIVE (UFC). Canada, United States
Verizon FiOS TV. United States
VEVO. Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, United States
Vudu (Wal-Mart). United States
YouTube. Available in 24 countries globally

Early 2012:

Antena 3 (Antena 3 de Televisión). Spain
BBC (BBC). United Kingdom
CinemaNow (Best Buy). United States
HBO GO (HBO). United States
MLB.TV (MLB Advanced Media). Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States
Telenovelas/Sports (Televisa). Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom
Xfinity On Demand (Comcast). United States

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jasonon said,
aww i was hoping to get youtube right off the bat

Complain to Google, they have been the ones screwing around. Youtube is just an App, like other channels and services, and Google keeps kicking back delaying it.

The Fall '11 preview has probably been their worse preview yet. (Relevance in a sec) I signed up hoping that it was going to be like the past previews with consistent updates on both the console, the preview tab, and the forums. Nope. This year's preview seemed rushed and half-assed. There has been quite a few updates over the past weeks and the only information you're going to find about what they added was from either looking around or other user's posting their findings.

That said, two big key things didn't even make it into the preview Skype and YouTube. Oh also, if you like themes you're gunna be a bit mad tomorrow.

They only completed the Skype deal a few months ago, getting your hopes up too much if you ever thought it'd be in this update, anyway you have Kinect for chat...I see them integrating Kinect and Skype in the next update...but there was no way they were gonna get it done for this one.

Advent said,
The Fall '11 preview has probably been their worse preview yet. (Relevance in a sec) I signed up hoping that it was going to be like the past previews with consistent updates on both the console, the preview tab, and the forums. Nope. This year's preview seemed rushed and half-assed. There has been quite a few updates over the past weeks and the only information you're going to find about what they added was from either looking around or other user's posting their findings.

That said, two big key things didn't even make it into the preview Skype and YouTube. Oh also, if you like themes you're gunna be a bit mad tomorrow.

During the process, they updated and added new functionality to every App, from Facebook game invites to a new App store for non-game content.

Themes still work, but the UI elements that no longer exist, can't be themed. (Makes sense uh?)

philcruicks said,
They only completed the Skype deal a few months ago, getting your hopes up too much if you ever thought it'd be in this update, anyway you have Kinect for chat...I see them integrating Kinect and Skype in the next update...but there was no way they were gonna get it done for this one.

I didn't mean to like your comment. >.< How is Kinect chat even remotely comparable to Skype on XBL? The reason I mentioned Skype is because Skype IS present in "certain" builds.

So looking forward to this! Missed these services since I got rid of the PS3. Might be a silly question here....would we need xbox live gold accounts to use these services?!

Great. If I can't have BBC iPlayer before New Year, then I'm glad I can at least have YouTube.

Also, it's a shame they're not adding Internet Explorer (not that I ever thought they would). I hope they will, one day, because they need a Web browser on the Xbox.

I just want a Zune Video Pass where I can get all of the TV Episodes and 5 movie rentals a month for $39/month or an Zune Ultra Pass for Both the Music and Video passes for $50/ month. I would get it in a heartbeat and drop my cable subscription.

Drewidian said,
I just want a Zune Video Pass where I can get all of the TV Episodes and 5 movie rentals a month for $39/month or an Zune Ultra Pass for Both the Music and Video passes for $50/ month. I would get it in a heartbeat and drop my cable subscription.

agreed

calimike said,
I want WWE Network and Fighting Samurai TV (Japan) on XBOX LIVE

I expect this is only the start, they'll keep adding new ones over time.

Tech Star said,
So I can get Verizon FiOS for free without paying for their service? Or how does this work?

No, you have to be a Verizon FIOS customer, all this lets you do is use the 360 as a DVR for it so you don't have to pay to "rent" another box from them etc.

flexkeyboard said,
holy crap i didn't realized that many services they were going to offer.

Me either. Are these paid? Or included?