YouTube and more new video choices launching on Xbox Live

We just reported that MSN Video has gone live on Xbox Live but it looks like that's not the only new video service that's now available for Xbox 360 owners. Microsoft has just announced that a whole bunch of new video services can now be accessed on the Xbox 360 game console.

The biggest is the new YouTube support, which went into beta yesterday and is now available in 24 countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany , Hong Kong, Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, and South Africa).

US owners of the Xbox 360 can now also access MSNBC.com videos and videos from everyone's famous (or infamous) celebrity themed video TMZ, which is also available for Canadian Xbox 360 owners. Verizon FiOS subscribers can now access 26 live cable TV channels in the US. Finally US owners can now access iHeartRadio, which can let listeners access 800 live radio stations across the US.

UK Xbox 360 owners can access blinkbox which has over 10,000 movies to check out. UK users, along with folks in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden can now access MUZU.TV via their Xbox Live console. Australian users can check up on local TV episodes with SBS On Demand for Xbox 360. Spain citizens can check out local TV content with the RTVE app. Finally, Canadian users can access Rogers On Demand.

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Kirkburn said,
How would it be monetised?

Is it really necessary to monetize it? When boxee releases a new feature they don't need to monetize it, the fact that they've added a selling feature to their hardware is good enough.

geoken said,
Is it really necessary to monetize it?

Yes of course it is. Streaming videos is not cheap. Plus YouTube is not MS property, and it gains revenue from advertising.

I had high hopes, but after a few minutes I wasn't happy and I probably won't use it again.

Featured and Discover, both of them are useless to me.

Why is Subscriptions hidden away.

Why is the subscriptions almost useless, doesn't show the latest video's, just the channels in some sort of strange order.

Can't view copyrighted video's, I have a few videos where I use a little bit of music and I can't view any of them. That was a big reason for me even downloading it.

Why is most viewed hidden away?

It's just a little to annoying in places that should have been nailed, the video copyright is probably due to youtube. I would rather just have it load the youtube website being honest.

If they clean up the interface to show the most viewed videos better and subscriptions better I might use it here and there.

On the kinect sliding side to side is really quick, holding your hand over a tile takes a lot longer. Just add a horizontal tab for subscriptions and one for most viewed videos. If they want to keep it simple for noobs, have it disabled by default in the settings.

Edited by Gaffney, Dec 14 2011, 12:52am :

I took advantage of the offer that was available of one year Gold subscription for £23.99.
This was on the Dashboard during last weekend's Free Live Weekend, where all those
without XBL Gold subscriptions could try out all that XBL Gold has to offer.

I think this does re-enable auto-renewal though, which can be disabled easily enough
now via XBox.com in the My Account section when you're logged in to the website.
No need to call XBox Support to verbally request cancellation anymore.

Hey John, you know there is an article about YouTube on front page already which was written by you, and another one about MSN on front page as well which was written by you. How about you try writing some quality articles for a change.

-=SEDIN=- said,
Hey John, you know there is an article about YouTube on front page already which was written by you, and another one about MSN on front page as well which was written by you. How about you try writing some quality articles for a change.

If you can do better, I'd like to you try.

Sonic. said,

If you can do better, I'd like to you try.

I am sure I wouldn't be posting the same articles as this guy always seems to be doing.

The excitement faded pretty quickly now that I see you have to pay for gold to actually use any of the good free services.

Louisifer said,
The excitement faded pretty quickly now that I see you have to pay for gold to actually use any of the good free services.

Not really unexpected is it? I didn't assume they'd be available unless you had gold anyways. Good thing for me that I do have Gold.

Louisifer said,
The excitement faded pretty quickly now that I see you have to pay for gold to actually use any of the good free services.

You could probably get Gold for a year for $40 through promos on the console and then just call every year and tell them you want to turn auto renew off and they more than likely will renew you at $40 again to keep it on. Works out to about 11 cents a day.

Louisifer said,
The excitement faded pretty quickly now that I see you have to pay for gold to actually use any of the good free services.

You didn't expect this? Also, they have 1 month of gold for $1 on the homepage of the dashboard for people who do not have it. It is just one month, but can use PayPal or CC to get it.

I don't ever remember not having gold, great service for a great price. Considering there are so many people willing to pay $50 a year for COD: Elite, which is a mediocre service for ONE game, or $15 a month for WoW, also one game. Compared to $40 a year for Gold which brings you a lot of content, especially now. I don't understand the gripes.

NeoSigma said,

You could probably get Gold for a year for $40 through promos on the console and then just call every year and tell them you want to turn auto renew off and they more than likely will renew you at $40 again to keep it on. Works out to about 11 cents a day.

Never worked for me and I used to be a gold member for 5 years.

I thought I saw it on a list recently as not requiring gold that's why I was let down., I'll just have to continue using my pc to watch YouTube in HD free forever (I don't pay to play online)

Louisifer said,
The excitement faded pretty quickly now that I see you have to pay for gold to actually use any of the good free services.

Same here. I was actually considering selling my boxee box in light of all these new xbox features but the decisions they've made have hobbled it to the point where that isn't an option.

First there's the issue with the companion app being useless if the last person to use the xbox was signed in to a different account or you're cold booting it.

And now I find out I need to pay a yearly subscription fee to use the new features.