Microsoft wants the Xbox 360 to be your new TV

You’re probably going to start using your Xbox 360 a lot more starting this holiday. Today, Microsoft announced plans to work with just about every big television entertainment provider that matters for a huge holiday update. Bravo, Verizon FiOS, Comcast Xfinity, Syfy, and BBC in the UK are just a few of the companies partnering with Microsoft to bring live and on-demand TV, movies, sports, and music to Xbox LIVE users.

“Today’s announcement is a major step toward realizing our vision to bring you all the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, made easy,” said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft in a prepared statement. “Combining the world’s leading TV and entertainment providers with the power of Kinect for Xbox 360 and the intelligence of Bing voice search will make TV and entertainment more personal, social and effortless.”

It’s all part of Microsoft’s master plan to fold everything you might possibly be interested in into your console. “Just say “Xbox, Bing, ‘The Office,” and Xbox finds it,” explains Microsoft in a press release outlining this holiday’s TV update.

Above: Expect to see more logos you recognize on XBLA this holiday

This means that next time you yell at your TV and wave your arms wildly, something might actually happen. With Comcast Xfinity, users will have access to over 10,000 TV episodes and Infinity On Demand’s library of movies. With Verizon FiOS, US users will also be able to watch live TV on their 360 with access to channels, like Comedy Central, HBO, CNN, MTV, Spike, Food Network, and Nickelodeon.

What’s not announced, are specific details regarding the pricing for each of the new services. Hopefully, we’ll know more once the big November 15 dashboard update arrives. In the meantime, here’s a full list of Microsoft’s entertainment partners.

ABC iView – Australia
AlloCiné – France, Germany, Spain, U.K.
Antena 3 – Spain
Astral Media’s Disney XD – Canada
AT&T** – U.S.
BBC – U.K.
blinkbox – U.K.
Bravo – U.S.
BSkyB** - U.K.
Canal+* - France, Spain
Channel 4 – U.K.
Channel 5 – U.K.
CinemaNow (Best Buy) – U.S.
Comcast – U.S.
Crackle – Australia, Canada, U.K., U.S.
Dailymotion – Available in 32 markets
ESPN** – U.S.
Facebook** – Available in all 35 Xbox LIVE markets
FOXTEL** – Australia
GolTV – Spain
Hulu – Japan
Hulu Plus**– U.S.
iHeartRadio (Clear Channel) – U.S.**– U.K., U.S.
LOVEFiLM – Germany, U.K.
Manga Entertainment – U.S.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment/Real Sports – Canada
Mediaset – Italy
MSN with – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, U.K. MUZU.TV – France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K.
Netflix**– Canada, U.S.
Rogers on Demand – Canada
RTVE – Spain
SBS On DemandAustralia
Syfy – U.S.
Telefonica – Spain
Televisa – Mexico
“The Today Show” – U.S.
TELUS** – Canada
TMZ – U.S.
Twitter** – Available in all 35 Xbox LIVE markets
UFC – Canada, U.S.
Verizon – U.S.
VEVO – Canada, U.K., U.S.
VimpelCom** – Russia
Vodafone Portugal** – Portugal
YouTube – Available in 22 markets
ZDF – Germany
Zune**– Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K., U.S.
*Xbox LIVE Gold membership and/or other subscriptions/fees required. Kinect functionality varies by feature, provider and region.
**Denotes existing partners on Xbox LIVE available today

Oct 5, 2011


  • Spybreak8 - October 6, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    I can see Brett Elston dancing in the streets on this one. "cable? - I don't pay for that s.h.i.t"
  • NullG7 - October 6, 2011 10:34 a.m.

    Looking at this list I feel really bad for my Canadian friend, also resisting urge to laugh at him... LOL he aint getting crap!!!
  • Ryudo - October 6, 2011 12:23 a.m.

    I only use my consoles to play games. I use my Roku for TV
  • Turboash - October 5, 2011 10:30 p.m.

    "This means that next time you yell at your TV and wave your arms wildly, something might actually happen." Haha, good one TN! Also... people actually PAY for TV!? SUCKERS!
  • g4m3rk1dd - October 5, 2011 9:08 p.m.

    very happy to see youtube one the list :D can we get bluray now plz :|
  • MassSaber - October 5, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    About bloody time Iplayer better be free the lisence fee should more than cover it
  • Scammeleon - October 5, 2011 5:11 p.m.

    ... But my xbox is already plugged into a... oh never mind.
  • shawksta - October 5, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    I dont care as I use my 360 for games and not extra things I dont need but good for microsoft making them a full media system.
  • EnigmaSpirit - October 5, 2011 4:51 p.m.

    Yo dawg, I heard you like tv... I have Netflix, and think that if they just stepped up their game a little bit with streaming, I would be more than willing to quit cable. Pretty unrelated, but I also wish Netflix had more anime, and the option to watch either it the dubbed or subbed.
  • rabidpotatochip - October 6, 2011 12:21 p.m.

    Netflix has SOME subbed anime available for streaming but it's only some of the recent arrivals. At least voice acting has become a lot better over the years.
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - October 5, 2011 4:49 p.m.

    it lacks a screen to be my new TV.. just saying
  • mikeydo00 - October 5, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    Hell if there's and way to make Rogers On Demand faster then doing it from the box I'm for it!!
  • TheZigMan - October 5, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    Kinda favouring the states there
  • PanaMusica - October 5, 2011 4:28 p.m.

    We watch a ton of Netflix on the Xbox and an increasing amount of ESPN. College football, FC Barcelona, skateboard street league, there is a lot of content. I have not tried Hulu Plus but they have that. I just cancelled my big cable TV package because we just were not using it. Between the massive backlog of games I have sitting here, a lot of high quality XBLA stuff and all the online entertainment there is a lot to love. I want to get a PS3 since the price drop makes it a bargain and then I could play God of War, Uncharted and Infamous 2, but it is hard to justify since I don't think I would have enough time.
  • Manguy17 - October 5, 2011 4:21 p.m.

    with the existence of Iplayer, i would asume BBC at least would be free, if so i will use it aslong as its put together well. not willing to paay for it though, seeing as my gaming Tv is worse than i already have cable. Still, im hopeful it will be good in the long run, stuff like Zune and last Fm sucked to start with but function pretty well now.
  • iluvpkmnmonday - October 5, 2011 4:03 p.m.

    This could be pretty cool, depending on pricing. I've been thinking of getting a 360, and with recently cancelling my cable this may just be the extra incentive I need.

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