Microsoft planning TV service for Xbox Live subscribers?

Microsoft planning TV service for Xbox Live subscribers?

Summary: While gaming consoles have been adding existing video services to their roster of Internet content -- like Netflix's on-demand video streaming -- Reuters is reporting that Microsoft may have a slightly different idea in mind for its Xbox Live subscribers.The tech giant is mulling a dedicated TV service that will be available to exclusively to Xbox 360 gamers.

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While gaming consoles have been adding existing video services to their roster of Internet content -- like Netflix's on-demand video streaming -- Reuters is reporting that Microsoft may have a slightly different idea in mind for its Xbox Live subscribers.

The tech giant is mulling a dedicated TV service that will be available to exclusively to Xbox 360 gamers. It would be an additional charge beyond the monthly fee subscribers already pay for Xbox Live.

Microsoft is apparently considering a number of options for the service, from adding interactive features to existing broadcasts users would receive from their pay TV provider (yawn) to offering more single channels (as it does with ESPN already) to providing a slate of channels that could make it easy for Xboxers to give up cable or satellite TV altogether.

The report says something could be delivered within the next year, but deals would need to be struck with each channel, which may want a premium price to deliver its content (especially if they think they're being underpaid by cable and satellite providers). What would you be willing to pay for a suite of channels available on your Xbox? The same as Hulu Plus ($7.99 per month)? Let us know in the Comments section.

Topics: Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility

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  • Interesting or mindless?

    No, not your blog, but current TV channels.

    I never ceases to amaze me the number of times I find myself flipping through a large number of TV channels, looking for something interesting to watch, but failing miserably. The amount of mindless crap on TV is absolutely astounding.

    All we need is one more channel full of crap.

    Speaking only for myself: Thanks, but no thanks.
    Economister
    • RE: Microsoft planning an exclusive TV channel for Xbox Live subscribers?

      @Economister

      I think the quote you need is from the Boss

      "We switched 'round and 'round 'til half-past dawn
      There was fifty-seven channels and nothin' on"
      tonymcs@...
    • RE: Microsoft planning an exclusive TV channel for Xbox Live subscribers?

      @Economister You should consider getting a TiVo box then. And I'm not talking about a DVR from your cable provider either. The TiVo box we use is the TiVo Premiere XL while pricey at ~$600 with lifetime service, is still less expensive than building your own unless you already have a PC to dedicate to the task. Check out the HowStuffWorks web site for how to get the TiVo interface on your own PC based DVR. The advantage of TiVo is in their Suggestions folder, which when enabled will record shows that you've indicated you like no matter what time they are on. With a TiVo you never need to surf channels looking for something to watch again!
      eric2820
    • RE: Microsoft planning an exclusive TV channel for Xbox Live subscribers?

      I believe MS has an opportunity to make the current TV model seem quaint, and pull a lot of producers and consumers of content into its network. Content providers would have <a href="http://www.customwritinghelp.co.uk/types/essaywriting.php">buy essay</a> an opportunity to better monetize the breadth of their content (including old content), and they would be able to expand beyond pure video to provide a range of immersive experiences, that keep their audience members hooked.
      adamjones342
  • The story is old

    The article is from April 2010.

    I believe recent news that MS is looking into forming a virtual cable network sounds much better. I believe each channel should be a rich user experience which could include live video, but which should definitely include archived video which could be easily and immediately consumed. An experience could also include interactive experiences such as games, or text based presentations augmented with interactive elements such as video and audio clips, interactive maps, charts, and diagrams. I believe MS has an opportunity to make the current TV model seem quaint, and pull a lot of producers and consumers of content into its network. Content providers would have an opportunity to better monetize the breadth of their content (including old content), and they would be able to expand beyond pure video to provide a range of immersive experiences, that keep their audience members hooked. Consumers of course would simply love it, as they would be able to get to more of the information they want, more effectively, with the superior aesthetics.
    P. Douglas
    • RE: Microsoft planning an exclusive TV channel for Xbox Live subscribers?

      @P. Douglas You are absolutely correct -- I used the wrong link. Reuters actually has more details about the potential TV service here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20101129/tc_nm/us_media_summit_microsoft
      seanportnoy
  • another M$ flop

    like their msnbc venture will bring only red ink.
    Linux Geek
  • RE: Microsoft planning an exclusive TV channel for Xbox Live subscribers?

    Cable has something for everyone (mostly crap) but why should I pay for all that when all I want are maybe 15 channels at most. If Microsoft can pull deals with individual networks like they did with ESPN, then I would pay for it. Right now I get what seems to be 85,000 channels of crap divided by $150 a month. That's what I'd pay for each channel.
    Anti Fanboy
  • RE: Microsoft planning an exclusive TV channel for Xbox Live subscribers?

    I would welcome another online option as I have already gotten rid of cable and satellite. I use Apple TV, Windows Media Center with the MCE and Revision 3 added to it and Zune Market place for some shows Apple TV doesn't offer. I may not save alot of money, but I get the shows I want when I want them.
    loggie48mxg
    • On-line options

      @loggie48mxg

      Where I live the tennis coverage usually sucks. My son plays tennis and we like to watch most ATP tour events. Lately we have found OK quality live web feeds that basically meet our needs. Over time, I am sure the quality will get even better. Some of the feeds do not even have commercials.

      Whoever can come up with a way to sell/insert local/regional commercials into live web feeds will probably make a fortune, and the major networks will cry foul.
      Economister
  • Only interested if we can get HBO and Showtime ala cart

    Since we already have a TiVo Premiere XL and Verizon FiOs service but no premium channels, the only use we have for any XBox TV service would be for getting HBO and Showtime ala cart and even then the price would have to be no higher than NetFlix or Hulo ($7.99 or less per month).
    eric2820