Microsoft reveals Xbox LIVE TV service [video]

By Tom Warren, on 6th Jun 11 5:12 pm with 22 Comments

Xbox LIVE TV service

Microsoft revealed its latest Xbox LIVE enhancement on Monday.

Speaking at Microsoft’s E3 media briefing, Marc Whitten introduced a new live TV service. Building on Microsoft’s previous investments with ESPN, Sky and Canal+, Microsoft will introduce a subscription TV service this “fall”. The software giant briefly demonstrated the live TV experience on the company’s new and improved dashboard. The dashboard includes a fully integrated Kinect experience, allowing users to simply request the hub they wish to navigate to. Microsoft is partnering with a number of content providers to stream live TV to the Xbox and will announce several partnerships in the coming months.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=846880230 Richard Schaible Jr

    hmm not very much info revealed…

  • http://twitter.com/kenobeano Keno Butler

    Nice! skysports & ESPN is a plus

  • Anonymous

    What’s the revelation?

  • Cosworth_0686

    Ahhh, effortless TV :)
    Should turn out to be interesting if there are enough channels

  • http://twitter.com/JLancaster3 J Lancaster

    I’m disappointed.  This is the connected feature they have with the iptv services.  you get listings and access to the “my dvr” using the service.  So you’ll have to be a subscriber to the service to use this.  So if i got at&t u-verse i could use this.  MS isn’t a virtual cable provider. You can’t access local channels and dvr over the internet.  Unless Att uverse wants to provide up these streams to all xboxs not on their network.  I don’t see how this can work.

  • http://twitter.com/JLancaster3 J Lancaster

    I’m disappointed.  This is the connected feature they have with the iptv services.  you get listings and access to the “my dvr” using the service.  So you’ll have to be a subscriber to the service to use this.  So if i got at&t u-verse i could use this.  MS isn’t a virtual cable provider. You can’t access local channels and dvr over the internet.  Unless Att uverse wants to provide up these streams to all xboxs not on their network.  I don’t see how this can work.

  • http://twitter.com/JLancaster3 J Lancaster

    I’m disappointed.  This is the connected feature they have with the iptv services.  you get listings and access to the “my dvr” using the service.  So you’ll have to be a subscriber to the service to use this.  So if i got at&t u-verse i could use this.  MS isn’t a virtual cable provider. You can’t access local channels and dvr over the internet.  Unless Att uverse wants to provide up these streams to all xboxs not on their network.  I don’t see how this can work.

  • http://twitter.com/JLancaster3 J Lancaster

    I’m disappointed.  This is the connected feature they have with the iptv services.  you get listings and access to the “my dvr” using the service.  So you’ll have to be a subscriber to the service to use this.  So if i got at&t u-verse i could use this.  MS isn’t a virtual cable provider. You can’t access local channels and dvr over the internet.  Unless Att uverse wants to provide up these streams to all xboxs not on their network.  I don’t see how this can work.

  • http://twitter.com/JLancaster3 J Lancaster

    I’m disappointed.  This is the connected feature they have with the iptv services.  you get listings and access to the “my dvr” using the service.  So you’ll have to be a subscriber to the service to use this.  So if i got at&t u-verse i could use this.  MS isn’t a virtual cable provider. You can’t access local channels and dvr over the internet.  Unless Att uverse wants to provide up these streams to all xboxs not on their network.  I don’t see how this can work.

    • Aaron

      I’m with you on this.  I was thinking Microsoft would be releasing their own subscription service.  Had hopes that it would be over IP and somehow offer more content for cheaper prices than the cable providers.  Guess i was just dreaming though…  Tom I feel you have mislead me :(

    • Aaron

      I’m with you on this.  I was thinking Microsoft would be releasing their own subscription service.  Had hopes that it would be over IP and somehow offer more content for cheaper prices than the cable providers.  Guess i was just dreaming though…  Tom I feel you have mislead me :(

    • Aaron

      I just realized, even if the xbox still requires the subscription of the local cable provider, does this mean we may be able to ditch the cable box?  Verizon FIOS currently charges about 10-15 dollars a month for the cable box (depending on HD and DVR).  If I could have FIOS without paying the money for a cable box, then this might actually be huge news.

  • http://twitter.com/JLancaster3 J Lancaster

    I’m disappointed.  This is the connected feature they have with the iptv services.  you get listings and access to the “my dvr” using the service.  So you’ll have to be a subscriber to the service to use this.  So if i got at&t u-verse i could use this.  MS isn’t a virtual cable provider. You can’t access local channels and dvr over the internet.  Unless Att uverse wants to provide up these streams to all xboxs not on their network.  I don’t see how this can work.

  • http://twitter.com/JLancaster3 J Lancaster

    I’m disappointed.  This is the connected feature they have with the iptv services.  you get listings and access to the “my dvr” using the service.  So you’ll have to be a subscriber to the service to use this.  So if i got at&t u-verse i could use this.  MS isn’t a virtual cable provider. You can’t access local channels and dvr over the internet.  Unless Att uverse wants to provide up these streams to all xboxs not on their network.  I don’t see how this can work.

  • http://twitter.com/JLancaster3 J Lancaster

    I’m disappointed.  This is the connected feature they have with the iptv services.  you get listings and access to the “my dvr” using the service.  So you’ll have to be a subscriber to the service to use this.  So if i got at&t u-verse i could use this.  MS isn’t a virtual cable provider. You can’t access local channels and dvr over the internet.  Unless Att uverse wants to provide up these streams to all xboxs not on their network.  I don’t see how this can work.

  • http://twitter.com/JLancaster3 J Lancaster

    I’m disappointed.  This is the connected feature they have with the iptv services.  you get listings and access to the “my dvr” using the service.  So you’ll have to be a subscriber to the service to use this.  So if i got at&t u-verse i could use this.  MS isn’t a virtual cable provider. You can’t access local channels and dvr over the internet.  Unless Att uverse wants to provide up these streams to all xboxs not on their network.  I don’t see how this can work.

  • http://twitter.com/JLancaster3 J Lancaster

    I’m disappointed.  This is the connected feature they have with the iptv services.  you get listings and access to the “my dvr” using the service.  So you’ll have to be a subscriber to the service to use this.  So if i got at&t u-verse i could use this.  MS isn’t a virtual cable provider. You can’t access local channels and dvr over the internet.  Unless Att uverse wants to provide up these streams to all xboxs not on their network.  I don’t see how this can work.

  • http://twitter.com/JLancaster3 J Lancaster

    I’m disappointed.  This is the connected feature they have with the iptv services.  you get listings and access to the “my dvr” using the service.  So you’ll have to be a subscriber to the service to use this.  So if i got at&t u-verse i could use this.  MS isn’t a virtual cable provider. You can’t access local channels and dvr over the internet.  Unless Att uverse wants to provide up these streams to all xboxs not on their network.  I don’t see how this can work.

  • http://twitter.com/JLancaster3 J Lancaster

    I’m disappointed.  This is the connected feature they have with the iptv services.  you get listings and access to the “my dvr” using the service.  So you’ll have to be a subscriber to the service to use this.  So if i got at&t u-verse i could use this.  MS isn’t a virtual cable provider. You can’t access local channels and dvr over the internet.  Unless Att uverse wants to provide up these streams to all xboxs not on their network.  I don’t see how this can work.

  • http://twitter.com/JLancaster3 J Lancaster

    I’m disappointed.  This is the connected feature they have with the iptv services.  you get listings and access to the “my dvr” using the service.  So you’ll have to be a subscriber to the service to use this.  So if i got at&t u-verse i could use this.  MS isn’t a virtual cable provider. You can’t access local channels and dvr over the internet.  Unless Att uverse wants to provide up these streams to all xboxs not on their network.  I don’t see how this can work.

  • NativeFloridian

    Confused!?!?… No information about channels?  I wonder how the “My DVR” and “TV Listings” work?  Only ABC seems to be represented?

    I agree with the statments above and also believe that it will require a cable provider such as AT&T U-verse.  That would be disappointing… but at least the new Xbox dashboard looks great (with a hint of Windows8/WinPhone styling).

    Wish: I am a Windows Media Center user at home with my XBOX serving as an extender.  I wish that I could have a single guide (or homepage) that combines my local antenna HDTV with ESPN3 and HULU and Zune services all easily accessible (without having to ‘boot’ into the Windows Media Center’.  My guess is that Windows Media Center gets left behind in all of this.  Unfortunately, Microsoft has a track record of great ideas but usually isn’t quite able to put all the pieces together.

  • Anonymous

    I just want to know the extent to which Microsoft’s UK offering will provide a full TV experience. I want all the channels, not just a few select ones- if MS can swing that I’ll change to whoever provides the service immediately.