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Microsoft to launch Xbox TV for holiday season - Sep. 15, 2011
If Microsoft goes the "TV Everywhere" route (mentioned as a possibility in the article) - that doesn't seem like a real game changer to me. To me personally voice search in and of itself is not a game changer.
Microfost would be better served if they could license deals with networks and then offer ala carte subscription options/packages for programming/live channels. Also it seems like Microsoft is not really interested in adding a web browser to X-box. I guess they had their fill of web browsers with WebTV - now known as MSNTV. (MSNTV is the original Webtv service that Microsoft bought a long time ago - and is leaving it to slowly die on the vine.)
Here's a little less convoluted article.
Until M$ sez what content will be shown, this "news" mean nothing...
If anyone is interested in watching the Financial Analyst Meeting 2011 webcasts, or the specific Steve Ballmer announcement (webcast, presentation, or transcript). His Xbox 360 presentation begins @ 28.57 on the webcast.
Xbox TV: Microsoft Has the Numbers to Rule Internet TV | InvestorPlace
Xbox TV for Christmas: Microsoft launches Xbox TV in time for holiday shopping
September 16, 2011
Will Xbox TV be ready to launch for the 2011 holiday shopping season? It looks like that might happen, but whether it will be a hot item to buy is another question.
If Microsoft is trying to out-do Apple or Google TV it should not be difficult, but it's not certain if the general public is ready to put this on their gift list. For those who already have Xbox and Kinect, it may be something to think about.
Shortly after Apple TV made a fuss with yet another big media event in August 2010, Google tv arrived on the scene in hopes that holiday shoppers would put the internet-enabled tv on their wish list. The snow here in Rhode Island lasted far longer than the fanfare about Google tv - and its arrival at Best Buy didn't seem to cause much of a stir.
On Wednesday, September 14, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave a preview of the Xbox TV. Microsoft is obviously hoping that this will be the way people who have the gaming console watch television as we close out 2011.
For those who don't, it's a sure bet that Microsoft is counting on increased sales of the Xbox/Kinect package.
However, the demo Ballmer gave didn't really give us any details as far as pricing and what content we will be able to watch if we do cave and buy Xbox TV. He did, however, vaguely state that Microsoft will be working with "dozens or hundreds of additional video content suppliers" to amp up the content including "news, sports and your favorite channels."
Assuming that most people have vastly different ideas as to what those 'favorite channels' are, it will be interesting to see what those channels are.
The NY Times reports, "Microsoft believes the key differentiator between Xbox as a TV platform and the sea of failed competitors will be its voice and motion search tool. Utilizing the Kinect attachment, users will be able to navigate through content with voice commands. The search function will be powered by Bing."
For those who already have an Xbox 360 and Kinect, it might be worth checking out Xbox TV when it debuts later this year. Will we all want the "social experience" that Microsoft is hoping Xbox Live users will create when it comes to watching TV? Now that's a personal decision, but we're sharing so much online as it is, it would be nice to just watch a movie alone.
Microsoft Is Said to Add Comcast, Verizon Pay TV to Its Xbox Live Service - Bloomberg
"Microsoft Corp. plans to offer online pay television service from Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) and Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) through Xbox Live, in an bid to channel more entertainment to its video-game console, people with knowledge of the situation said.
Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, is in talks with almost two dozen providers of music, sports, movies and TV shows in the U.S. and Europe, and may announce an expanded Xbox Live streaming service as soon as next week, said one of the people, who weren't authorized to speak publicly."
Just a little (non-french) preview of the upcoming dashboard update.
Scoop Du Jour
"In both cases, users will still need to subscribe to the TV providers - Xbox Live is not replacing TV providers, but simply serving as a new set top box for them."
Meh - I don't see what the big deal is. When you subscribe to Comcast cable TV - they provide you with a cable box to enable you to watch their programming. So you will soon be able to pay Comcast for a TV subscription - and instead of using the Comcast box you will use an X-box to watch your Comcast programming. Doesn't seem so earth-shattering to me. Maybe the author of the article owns stock in Microsoft. -
maybe this will motivate google to push out HC before mircosoft release their update
So let's do the math.
Xbox Live subscription + a Xbox that doesn't red light + a internet connection + cable + a cable box if you want the premium channels + wireless game controller that doesn't control anything but the xbox + your remote to use the actual tv= head ache.
I love my xbox but it has so many redundant menus and programs. Why Zune , a Video player, music player, AND WMC? Why?
Why is WMC so unbelievably slow?
Basically 360 will now become a GTV competitor. Hopefully this makes google take GTV more seriously and finally release the update. Just think with onLive app, GTV will compete against 360 in gaming. Both devices have apps, but GTV will have more and is more open. It will be interesting to see how google, MS and sony (and apple) compete for our living rooms in 2012.
This is great news for IPTV industry in general. Microsoft was able to break the wall of apprehension for so many content providers. While it is true that Authenticated Services are already being use by ESPN, Fox, Epix, and others; the big difference is this is the first non-PC platform to legally support such a wide variety of copyright protected content. This venture should prove the economic viability of IPTV to other providers. We should then see more content availability once they learn how to treat it as a way to enhance their product and services, as opposed to hostile feudal competition.
Besides, like Google TV, Microsoft isn't trying to provide you with a cord cutting platform but a better way of accessing your available content. This is a huge step in the right direction and shows that some content providers are willing to embrace the technology. Hopefully, more will follow to increase the competition within the IPTV market, instead of against the cable and satellite channel line providers.
Hopefully, it will also provide more flexibility to allow you to subscribe to what you want, instead of getting 300+ channels of garbage packaged in with the 20 channels you're actually interested in...
Great point DR..
It always makes me wonder in this day and age, why we pay for xxx amount of channels we are never going to watch...
Does Microsoft Have a Black Friday Surprise?
Washington, D.C. (October 11, 2011) -- Microsoft is expected to update its XBox Live Experience on Black Friday with new apps from Comcast, Verizon and HBO and nearly 40 other content providers, reports the web site, GigaOm.
The update, which is also likely to include new features such as voice recognition and gesture control for the XBox Kinect, would enable XBox owners to watch live streaming for some channels such as Verizon while Comcast will provide Video on Demand titles.
Regardless, if released on Black Friday (Nov. 25), the day after Thanksgiving, the beefed-up video service will likely make the XBox 360 console one of the holiday's most coveted products. Consumers looking for new streaming options could choose from a host of content services on the XBox.
However, some industry analysts have cautioned that the vast quantity of streaming content could slow down the XBox network, disrupting both live video viewing and game play.
Still, Microsoft is clearly anticipating that the new XBox will be a strong competitor for the growing streaming market.
"Combining the world's leading TV and entertainment providers with the power of Kinect for Xbox 360 and the intelligence of Bing voice search will make TV and entertainment more personal, social, and effortless," Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft's interactive entertainment group, said in a statement last month.
I wouldn't count on it.... It could of been that way if Microsoft had purchased /licensed the actual content itself - but this current arrangement will require a subscription to Xbox Live as well as a cable TV subscription.
And while the cable companies are making more content available online in different ways - the one major thing they haven't been willing to relinquish is the control they have with their TV subscription packages. Thus far they have done nothing to indicate that they are willing to go down the path of offering ala carte subscription packages.....
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