Verizon FiOS TV on Xbox launching next month with 26 channels

By Tom Warren, on 29th Nov 11 6:00 pm with 19 Comments

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Verizon’s Xbox TV service will be made available next month with 26 channels at launch.

The FiOS TV application will be made available shortly after Microsoft’s Xbox 360 fall dashboard update goes available on December 6. The application will include 26 channels and Verizon plans to add more in future. Xbox LIVE gold customers who subscribe to both FiOS TV and Internet will be able to view the channels as part of a deal with Microsoft. New customers will be able to sign-up to a special deal. The deal includes FiOS TV, FiOS 35/35 Mbps Internet service and Verizon voice service, starting at $89.99 a month. In addition, customers will also get 12-month Xbox LIVE Gold Membership and the “Xbox Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” game. The deal is available until January 21 at Verizon’s Xbox site.

“Joining forces with Microsoft and Xbox, we are breaking the boundaries between TV and gaming, and furthering the borderless lifestyle Verizon customers enjoy with our new offers and services,” said Eric Bruno, vice president of consumer and mass business product management for Verizon. “We are putting the controls in our customers’ hands, and giving them the ability to watch TV on another dynamic device that they can control with voice and gesture commands.”

Microsoft announced in October that it plans to offer a live TV experience with Xbox LIVE. The software giant has partnered with nearly 40 content providers to offer live TV services across the world. Microsoft is planning to make the TV channels available to Xbox LIVE gold subscribers and some partners will integrate Kinect experiences with their TV channels. Microsoft’s fall 2011 dashboard update will enable Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE TV service. The dashboard update will also 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.

  • J A

    Well, the carreires need to bring full TV offerings and not require internet and voice service for those who do not need them or are outside the FiOS physical area but still be able to get FiOS service over any standard internet service. That will be ground-breaking, not all these gotchas they have in there right now.

    • Avatar Roku

      It doesn’t require voice service, just TV and Internet. Bringing cable outside of the area you have setup physical retail service locations is against the law in the United States. The cable companies have made their regional monopolies as safe as can be.

    • schlight

      Thanks for the legal angle Roku.  How do companies like Hulu and Netfilx get around this?  Is it because they are not streaming live TV?

      It seems that Comcast will only be streaming thier OnDemand content.  What would stop them from offering that service just like Hulu?

  • Anonymous

    good i will return my tv box as soon as that goes live

    • Anonymous

      you may not want that until ALL the channels you want are available.

  • aSpicyTaco

    Can’t wait until we can cut out the middle man. Hopefully someday Xbox TV will be a cable alternative.

    • Anonymous

      yeah but given tv cable company is also your ISP, the conflict of interest will ensure this never happens. Even VZ which is primary a data provider loves the money to be made in ridiculous tv packages that include crap channels.

  • Edyg023

    SUCKS!  Cuz, we don’t have Fios in my area!!!  Monopolies are wrong!  Open it up to everyone.

    • Anonymous

      what monopoly you speak of?

    • Griffin Coulter

      Perhaps he meant oligopoly? Last time I checked FiOS wasn’t the only television provider in the U.S., however I live in Canada so I don’t really care. Theres other options no? Isn’t there Time Warner? This is just Microsoft’s partner for the Xbox.

  • Aaron Rodriguez

    Was really hoping they would be the poster child on how to do this xbox tv thing right but forcing it to a cable package is a bad idea.  Was really hoping it would be a standalone service.

    Hopefully it’s still successful enough where they eventually branch it out on its own and all the other providers take note and bring a similar service to xbox.  Was going to go to my local cable provider (suddenlink) and show them the fios option about how to do this right but looks like I won’t be able to do that.

  • Anonymous

    D’oh! stupid fios with there non service to my area. Hurry up and lay down that fiber!

  • Anonymous

    Damn, I so pissed that FiOS is only available on the east coast. I wish they would bring it to the Midwest and give AT&T U-Verse some competition. AT&T internet package suck big time (slow), but for more money they can make it ok — nowhere close to FiOS 35/35.

  • et

    Doed this mean I can watch fios from my dorm room?

  • CircuitSoft

    now if google had a tv service…

  • Richard Raseley

    Many of us had hoped that Microsoft would do something truly ground breaking, approach the content providers directly, and cut out the bloated and unnecessary middlemen (cable companies). =[

  • Consumer Fiber

    Interesting that they are requiring a gold account.

    Definitely a win for Microsoft more than Verizon.

    Will be fun to see how Time Warner cable and the other major players respond.

    I’ll wait until they have more channels avail.


     – Tom  –

  • Elias

    This sounds cool on the surface, but it’s not really worth
    having to have Fios TV and internet, plus an XBOX Gold membership just to have
    26 channels and be able to run your TV with your Kinect controller.  I may seem a little biased as a DISH customer
    and employee, but I’d rather save the money, get all the channels I want, and
    just use my regular TV remote.

  • Blaster Man

    I’ve started checking this out.  It’s pretty nice.  I have a cable box in the room with the Xbox but here’s how I see it.  This is a proof of concept.  We don’t need to have every room wired with a cable jack anymore.  Think about it, this isn’t Netflix or HuluPlus with a pre-recorded data package being sent to you.  This is LIVE TV being sent via the Internet to your router then broadcast through WiFi to your Xbox.  I can imagine a future without coaxial cables in every room.  A future where  you have a box that you don’t have to rent that will allow you to watch all your TV channels.

    Another thing, it’s got Nick, Nick Jr, and Cartoon Network.  This means that you can wait a year or two for the Xbox 3 to come out and buy a $20 Xbox 360 on Craigslist.  Stick it in Jr’s room and he can watch his cartoons.  You don’t have to pay for a cable box now.