MS working on deals with content providers for XBox TV [Updated]

Microsoft may be close to announcing an expansion to its XBox Live streaming, paid television content.  Bloomberg reports that they are planning to provide Comcast and Verizon TV, and have also been in talks with close to two dozen other content providers to add sports, music, TV and movies to their current XBox Live services in the US and Europe.  Anonymous sources say that the announcement could come as soon as next week.

Under the plan, current subscribers to Comcast and Verizon television would be able to receive their content through Xbox.  Other media from companies like HBO, Bravo and Syfy would be available to XBox Live members through streaming.  In addition, MS is in talks with manufacturers like Samsung to get a Windows Live gaming hub added as apps on some of their televisions.  Add to that the impending Bing integration with Kinect controls and you have one serious home entertainment hub.

Source: Bloomberg; Via: WinRumors

UPDATE: Microsoft made it official today in a press release detailing the television partnerships that they will have in place starting this holiday season.  The move includes deals with content providers around the world, including Bravo, Comcast, HBO GO, Verizon FiOS and Syfy in the U.S.; BBC in the U.K., Telefónica in Spain; Rogers On Demand in Canada; Televisa in Mexico; ZDF in Germany; and MediaSet in Italy.

You can get the details and a complete list of content in the full press release.

But first, check out this rockin' video of what's in store:

Source: Microsoft



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JamesDax3 says:

Really looking forward to this.

zulu208 says:

man, I hope cox get in on this! I can't get comcast where I live in Arizona.

Livett says:

I already get Sky TV on my Xbox, though some programs i can't watch due to licensing rights, i still get all the good stuff and sports and movies, all for gratis! Thanks to my parents already paying for Sky! Cheers Mum and Dad!

rexalbel says:

are we referring to Verizon Fios? Hope so. Would be nice to use Xbox as a DVR box. Will this be free? Aka we can just use the Xbox as a DVR box? Wonder if we will need Xbox live.

expectafight says:

You'll always need Xbox Live for this stuff.

expectafight says:

and by Xbox Live, I mean a Gold (or Higher?) subscription.

mango.lover says:

Something tells me that Xbox TV may be called Zune Video Pass.

im always bagging on comcast here in seattle cuz my internet is flaky, at times, but they are always onboard with MS when it comes to content on the XBox.

zulu208 says:

i had broadstrip when i was in seattle. they had **** for the 360 which really upset me because the building I lived in had an exclusive contract w/ them.

KeegdnaB42 says:

They also announced an Xbox Remote app for WP7 which I'm looking quite forward to

kim thran says:

Nothing for France. This is weird. I bet Orange, which is involved in media contents, is trying to block Microsoft.Still ne decent solution to stream movies on a smarthphone in Europe. Still no European Netflix.

1jaxstate1 says:

Is this included with a Gold subscription? NICE!

fpostrow says:

Time Warner Cable still missing in Action. Not a surprise as Time Waner STILL doesn't carry the NFL network or enable the xBox ESPN app to stream programming. Time Warner you should change your name to LAME Warner.

I had time warner in florida and they always messed these things up. they never want in on these deals and I never understood why.

Paul Acevedo says:

I wonder how this will compare with having Netflix and HuluPlus.

MastrMeatWad says:

I have comcast now. I would LOVE to be able to watch my cable through the xbox preventing me from having to turn on/off the xbox and switching the TV back and forth from the cable box to the Xbox. All with my xbox s console and win7 phone changing the channels.. priceless.

ScubaDog2008 says:

This is completely useless to those of us who use DishNetwork or DirecTV. I have Dish and I am NEVER going back to cable. The only thing I use cable for is my internet service (since we don't have FIOS here). Now, if Microsoft gets this working over Sat services, we can talk. Until then....yawner.