Microsoft Date Xbox Television Service International Launches

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Electronic Theatre ImageMicrosoft has this morning announced that the launch of television entertainment on Xbox 360, beginning tomorrow, will arrive alongside the first wave of custom voice controlled entertainment apps on the online service, Xbox LIVE. The new Xbox 360 update, that will allow voice control as well as Bing search functionality, will launch tomorrow, and today Microsoft has revealed when consumers can expect their favourite television services to become available.

“A new era in entertainment begins where all your entertainment is together in one place-your games, movies, TV shows, music and sports,” said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Electronic Theatre ImageMicrosoft. “With this update, Xbox 360 system owners will experience Kinect voice control integrated with Bing search, making your TV and entertainment experiences more social and personal than ever.”

This winter and beyond, in addition to offering the best blockbuster and Kinect games, Xbox 360 consoles are set to deliver live and on-demand TV shows, movies, videos, sports, music and news, becoming the best device to experience all your entertainment. TV and movie fans can instantly stream live television via our current UK TV partner, Sky, as well as enjoy a variety of fantastic content from the likes of AlloCiné (Screenrush), blinkbox, Channel 4, Channel 5, Crackle, Dailymotion, LOVEFiLM, MSN Video, MUZU.TV, YouTube and Zune, as well as, in 2012, the BBC.

This ‘next wave’ of content and innovation sees Xbox 360 building on its comprehensive catalogue of movies and TV shows available through Zune Video and Sky TV here in the UK by rolling out the following entertainment apps:

Dec. 6:

·         EPIX. United States
·         ESPN on Xbox LIVE (ESPN). United States
·         Hulu. Japan
·         Hulu Plus. United States
·         LOVEFiLM. United Kingdom
·         Netflix. Canada, United States
·         Premium Play by (MediaSet). Italy
·         Sky Go (SkyDE). Austria, Germany
·         Telefónica España – Movistar Imagenio. Spain
·         TODAY (MSNBC). United States

Later in December:
·         4 on Demand (C4). United Kingdom
·         ABC iView (Australian Broadcasting Corp.). Australia
·         AlloCiné. France (AlloCiné), Germany (Filmstarts), Spain (Sensacine), United Kingdom (Screenrush)
·         Astral Media’s Disney XD (Astral Media). Canada
·         blinkbox (blinkbox). United Kingdom
·         Crackle (Sony Pictures). Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States
·         Dailymotion. Available in 32 countries globally
·         Demand 5 (Five). United Kingdom
·         DIGI+ (CANAL+). Spain
·         GolTV (Mediapro). Spain
·         iHeartRadio (Clear Channel). United States
·         Mediathek/ZDF (ZDF). Germany
·         MSN. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, United Kingdom
· United States
·         MUZU.TV. Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
·         ninemsn. Australia
·         Real Sports (Maple Leaf Sports). Canada
·         Rogers On Demand Online (Rogers Media). Canada
·         SBS ON DEMAND. Australia
·         TMZ (Warner Bros.). Canada, United States
·         TVE ( Spain
·         UFC on Xbox LIVE (UFC). Canada, United States
·         Verizon FiOS TV. United States
·         VEVO. Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, United States
·         Vudu (Wal-Mart). United States
·         YouTube. Available in 24 countries globally

Early 2012:

·         Antena 3 (Antena 3 de Televisión). Spain
·         BBC (BBC). United Kingdom
·         CinemaNow (Best Buy). United States
·         HBO GO (HBO). United States
·         MLB.TV (MLB Advanced Media). Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States
·         Telenovelas/Sports (Televisa). Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom
·         Xfinity On Demand (Comcast). United States

Whether choosing the movie you want to watch or the service you want to watch it from, Xbox LIVE  is giving you multiple choices in how you interact with your favourite content; including your voice, your controller and now your Windows Phone. Also starting on December 6th, the free Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone will let you find, learn more about and control content from popular entertainment services on Xbox LIVE and Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details on this brand new television entertainment overhaul on Xbox LIVE.


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