Verizon announced on Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with Microsoft to offer a new FiOS TV-powered experience for the Xbox 360.
Verizon has developed a special software application that will be available to Xbox LIVE Gold members. The application will provide access to live TV channels through the Xbox console without the requirement for additional hardware. Verizon is planning to offer a selection of its live TV channels, including multichannel streaming HD TV.
The TV channels will be integrated to Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect accessory, allowing viewers to control their viewing with their voice or hands and without the need for a remote control. “By bringing the technologically advanced Verizon FiOS TV service to Xbox 360 and Kinect, we are advancing our vision to provide the best in entertainment in extraordinary new ways,” said Tom Gibbons, corporate vice president of the TV & Service Business for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “Xbox 360 brings all your entertainment, friends and family together in one place, and we look forward to introducing Verizon FiOS TV to the console this holiday.”
Microsoft is expected to announce similar deals on Wednesday with other TV providers.