Back at this past E3, Microsoft made some bold announcements about bring cable TV to the Xbox 360 and trying to make the gaming system into a home entertainment system, much to like what Sony is try for the PS3, but integrating web videos, Bing and Cable TV to the console. Today Microsoft has made an announcement that 40 leading worldwide TV entertainment providers will be bringing their services to the 360 in over 20 countries. Including these providers, Mircosoft is also adding web video services, such as Daily Motion and You Tube, into the 360 as well and will be making them Kinect enabled. Here is a list of the confirmed entertainment providers that Xbox 360 owners will be able to access here in the US, with the new ones listed in bold:
- CinemaNow (Best Buy)
- HBO GO
- Hulu +
- MSN with MSNBC.com
- “The Today Show”
This is a really big step for Microsoft to be taking and it seems that they are aiming for an even more casual market with these cable TV entertainment services. The only question now is how much will this cost them and how much of a difference will they push on to 360 users? Will Live Gold memberships go up? Will this content be available for all users or just Gold members? Microsoft hasn't said anything about pricing or if there will be more partners added to the service, or when the service will be rolled out. For now we just have to wait tll they send out a press release detailing more.
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