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.
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
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
Above: Expect to see more logos you recognize on
XBLA this holiday
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
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.
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
EPIX – U.S.
ESPN** – U.S.
Facebook** – Available in all 35 Xbox LIVE markets
FOXTEL** – Australia
GolTV – Spain
HBO GO – U.S.
Hulu – Japan
Hulu Plus**– U.S.
iHeartRadio (Clear Channel) – U.S.
Last.fm**– U.K., U.S.
LOVEFiLM – Germany, U.K.
Manga Entertainment – U.S.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment/Real Sports – Canada
Mediaset – Italy
MSN with MSNBC.com – 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 Demand – Australia
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
**Denotes existing partners on
Xbox LIVE available today
Oct 5, 2011