Microsoft revealed on Monday that it plans to offer BBC content on its Xbox console in early 2012.
The software giant previously revealed that it was working with the BBC in October. The company confirmed BBC content will be available in early 2012 on Monday, alongside HBO GO, Xfinity on demand and MLB.TV. Microsoft will begin to push out its Xbox 360 fall dashboard update tomorrow to 57 million consoles. “We have something very special in the living room, and with our latest update to Xbox LIVE, it only gets better,” said Microsoft’s Marc Whitten in a blog post on Monday.
The dashboard update will bring Microsoft’s Metro style interface to the Xbox. Microsoft is also preparing to include YouTube and Bing on the Xbox. Bing users will be able to use Kinect’s voice recognition feature to search for movies, music and other content on their consoles. The new dashboard will also enable Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone integration with Xbox, see a video demonstration here. Microsoft plans to make its dashboard update available on December 6 for all Xbox 360 customers. Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE TV offerings will include the following channels at launch:
- 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). Germany
- Telefónica España – Movistar Imagenio. Spain
- TODAY (MSNBC). United States
The major of content providers will slowly roll their applications out over the course of December, including Google’s YouTube application.