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YouTube, FiOS, and more arrive on the Xbox 360 today

Itching to watch even more things on your television? Microsoft has you covered. Major Nelson announced today that the console maker has begun rolling out the previously promised updates that bring YouTube, Verizon FiOS, and other content services to Xbox Live, giving you even less incentive to ever leave the house again. Like, seriously, why would we go outside when the cat videos are inside?

The full list includes 11 different downloadable applications that differ depending on your region, with the US getting six apps, the UK getting four, and other countries around the world getting a few, as well. Not that the number really matters, as everyone will be getting YouTube, and that's likely the most important upgrade (what with the cat videos and all). Besides YouTube, the other notable upgrades for the US are Verizon FiOS, TMZ, and MSN Video, adding millions of new things to watch from the comfort of your couch or bed. While it isn't the full cable replacement Microsoft is pitching just yet, this update certainly makes strides in that direction.

You can check out the full list below, and expect to see the update within the next day or so.

  • blinkbox (UK): blinkbox gives access to a wide range of movies online. With more than 10,000 movies titles movie fans can watch their favorite films immediately with no additional subscription required.
  • iHeartRadio (U.S.): Listen to more than 800 of the nation’s most popular live broadcast radio stations from 150 U.S. cities or create your own Custom Stations with the New iHeartRadio.
  • MSN Video (Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, US and UK): MSN brings you the latest breaking news, sports, celebrity gossip and more from around the globe.
  • MSNBC.com (U.S.): MSNBC.com bring you the best of NBC News, MSNBC, Fox Sports, Access Hollywood, original programming and more, on-demand and up-to-date 24/7/365.
  • MUZU.TV (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and UK): MUZU.TV the music video site, offers nearly 80,000 music videos at your command. Brand new releases from the world’s biggest artists, great music videos from every decade, up and coming bands and the latest music news and interviews.
  • Rogers On Demand (Canada): Rogers On Demand provides select TV shows and movies to everyone for FREE. Rogers customers can also catch up on their favorite premium programming anytime, from anywhere in Canada.
  • SBS ON DEMAND (Australia): SBS ON DEMAND is a catch up TV service that lets you watch full episodes, of your favorite SBS television programs.
  • TMZ (Canada, U.S.): Your all-access pass to the latest TMZ entertainment stories and breaking news videos everyone is talking about!
  • RTVE (Spain): Complete episodes from series, news programs, documentaries and the best Spanish audiovisual content from RTVE.
  • Verizon FiOS TV (U.S.): Get Verizon FiOS TV with 26 live channels like MTV, Spike, Food Network, Comedy Central, HBO, CNN and Nickelodeon – with more to come. Plus with Kinect, change channels with your voice.
  • YouTube (Available in 24 countries globally**): From your favorite web original video to gaming tips, a universe of compelling content is available through YouTube on Xbox LIVE.

12 comments

  • snailfx - December 15, 2011 8:48 a.m.

    I Actually like the new updates, my Mrs spilled red wine on the laptop last month so its coming in hand and with 4od and other tv channels on the way it'll be handy. plus i already subscribe to lovefilm so bonus! 1 thing im not happy about is for some reason i can't join certain parties even after several invites and creating my own then my friends can't join me. so having to rely on game chat. which isn't too bad but when theres 5/6 of us playing BF3 i can only talk to 3 of them... please rectify this MS its becoming painfully annoying!
  • Inthedistrict - December 14, 2011 9:10 a.m.

    I was sort of excited at first for the new interface since the old interface was disorganized and hard to navigate. The new interface doesn't seem to add any new or worthwhile features other than the fact that it's easier to navigate. I still have to pay to watch TV on XBL, when in fact I'm already paying for XBL. I have no interest in scrolling through XBL's heavily controlled Bing search engine, and like one person said below, I'm not going to peruse Youtube for cat/box videos when I can play a game instead. It seems like a whole lot of fluff and justification for a paid service. Concentrate more on eliminating lag from my games.
  • MuckPuppy - December 14, 2011 5:57 a.m.

    I agree with most of the comments. It's not like this is a "grand step towards progression". I realize not everyone has the latest breed of smartphones, or a computer sitting right next to them, but this is hardly a beneficial thing to anyone. It will be like WebTV was to non-computer owners; clunky and rarely used. Who's going to stop playing a game with their friends to wait 3 minutes through the interface and watch a YouTube video? Because you sure as hell won't be able to play the videos for everyone in a little window while you're gaming. Can iHeart be played in the background instead of the game music while you're playing? Nope. Most people can put whatever internet radio they want on while they game, with their cellphone or even laptop sitting next to them for quick adventures into cat videos, game guides, or facebook. These aren't "improvements" to integrate into a "gaming" console when they don't even improve the gaming experience.
  • Dmancapri - December 14, 2011 3:51 a.m.

    But of course none of these will be accessible to anyone who has a child account and didn't lie about their age
  • AGENTJORRRG - December 13, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    Xbox LIVE Youtube appears to be the slowest thing in the universe. It reminds me of the Gamesradar video player.
  • HankVenture - December 13, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    My Xbox isn't my computer..
  • IAmJohnGalt - December 13, 2011 7:38 p.m.

    Let me guess you used to say the same thing about your phone? Why do people bitch about progress?
  • jack-burton - December 14, 2011 2:41 a.m.

    No, this is not progress. This is MS selling advertising space.
  • FaceEater - December 14, 2011 4:53 a.m.

    It's called being a business and not a hand out service. So what if they're advertising? How else do you want them to increase sales and profit? Oh no, capitalism!!!!!!!!!
  • ParagonT - December 13, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    Its, A ,computer if that's any reconciliation lol.
  • YamiLink03 - December 13, 2011 6:33 p.m.

    Needs moar Pandora.
  • gondarpwns - December 13, 2011 6:36 p.m.

    Pandora&Youtube..... too bad i have to leave the houde to go to school :,(

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