Microsoft adds new TV channels to Xbox LIVE

By Tom Warren, on 20th Dec 11 10:56 pm with 13 Comments

New Xbox Dashboard

Microsoft announced on Tuesday the immediate availability of eight new Xbox LIVE TV channels.

The software giant is expanding its offerings in the U.S. and Europe to offer new localized TV channels. The new channels are as follows:

  • 4 on Demand (C4). United Kingdom
  • ABC iView (Australian Broadcasting Corp.). Australia
  • Dailymotion. Available in 34 countries globally
  • Demand 5 (Five). United Kingdom
  • M6. France
  • MSN Video. France
  • UFC on Xbox LIVE (UFC). Canada, United States
  • VUDU (Wal-Mart). United States

Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE TV channels are enabled as part of a recent dashboard upgrade. Microsoft rolled out a number of holiday based changes to the Xbox recently. The software maker refreshed its Xbox.com homepage with a new social section that shows what Xbox friends are doing and provides access to the beacons feature in the next Xbox 360 dashboard. The feature allows users to mark games they want to play with others, making it easier for friends to find time to game with each other. Microsoft has also added search ability to the Zune video catalog and buy/rent movies and TV shows from Xbox.com.

Microsoft also started to push copies of the Xbox 360 fall dashboard update out to Xbox owners. The November dashboard update includes Microsoft’s Metro style interface to the Xbox. Microsoft also rolled out a YouTube application on the Xbox recently. Microsoft’s Xbox dashboard now includes Bing search. Bing users can use Kinect’s voice recognition feature to search for movies, music and other content on their consoles. The new dashboard also enables Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone integration with Xbox, see a video demonstration here.

  • GP007

    Makes me wonder how much more they’l add by the time they retire the 360 in another year or two.

    • J A

      Even if they retire 360 it sould still have backward compatibility because they know they will potentially lose hundreds of millions of customers to the competitors. What they may do is for the new version to support more/additional options that is not currently available on 360. A good example is how Kinect on the new 360 only needs a cable that both powers it and provides connectivity while Kinect needs two cables on the old 360, one for power and the other for connectivity.

    • Rhvm

      Xbox Live is a cloud service, not dependent on hardware.

  • http://twitter.com/TechyMexican Mario

    and the Uverse app will appear when? you can’t even order the hardware kit anymore 

  • rojo

    youtube is already on the XBOX

    • Impartial

      it is and if you manage your playlists online (best way) you can watch the verge and other cool long shows at really good quality

  • http://twitter.com/mrpakiman adam

    hurry up with bbc iplayer

  • AbP

    So no Skype anytime sooner?

    • Anonymous

      Video Kinect runs through Live Messenger Video which links to Skype, so presumably you can talk to Skype contacts through VideoKinect… but dont quote me on that, i may be wrong

  • bmcomp

    wonder if 4 on Demand will be available in Ireland since they don’t restrict Ireland on their website.

  • MSNerd

    Portugal, though having tons of economic problems and being small, has a good tradition on adopting technologies… Ms should integrate XBOX with Zon Tvcabo.