Xbox 360 getting Comcast, Verizon TV - Report

Microsoft to offer cable services through Xbox Live; HBO, SyFy, Bravo among two-dozen content providers in talks to appear on console "as soon as next week."

The Xbox 360 already plays host to services like Netflix and Hulu, but Microsoft is reportedly looking to ramp up the content offerings on its Xbox Live service in a big way. Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft is in talks with nearly two dozen media providers to stream their music, sports, TV programs, and movies on Xbox Live "as soon as next week."

Xbox Live's non-game offerings could be in for a significant boost.

Two of the biggest names Microsoft has plans for are Comcast and Verizon, both of which will reportedly have their pay television services--Xfinity and Verizon FiOS, respectively--added to Xbox Live. However, users would need to be existing customers of the standard version of those services to add the Xbox 360 capability.

Bloomberg names a number of Microsoft's potential partners, including HBO, Bravo, SyFy Channel, Sony Pictures' Crackle streaming service, and Amazon's Lovefilm UK. Representatives with the various companies did not provide comment to Bloomberg. A Microsoft representative told GameSpot the company does not comment on rumors or speculation.

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PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@shaun_ofda_dead, LOL....damn, I should of known it was reality rather than probability. Yeah, 25/8....that's crucial. :P

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

@Kabaro according to the comcast bill I got on friday, both the cable AND internet services are refered to as "xfinity". sorry holmes. @PumpkinBoogie "can" get straight nazi with bandwidth? They ARE straight nazi with it in my neighborhood. Like all day every day 25/8.

CaptinJohnny
CaptinJohnny

Im guessing thats only for US not for Canada. I wounder if we get the dashboard update too?

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@IMDLEGEND It's not just that. Microsoft wants the 360 to replace the 'cable box'. So that you wouldn't have to turn off your xbox when you wanted to watch tv. Instead of changing the input, you'd go to the dashboard or whatever and pick whatever outlet of media you want.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Note to self.. Sarcasm and jokes on this website do not work.

BlackSquare
BlackSquare

Again what is so hard to understand. Xfinity and FIOS is NOT cable tv. It's INTERNET. This is TV via INTERNET. In other words, you only buy INTERNET from Comcast or Verizon and DON'T buy cable. You save money on NOT having cable.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

well i use Xfinity for my tv/net as is so i guess i can use em for free? i hope well this is some cool news

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@IMDLEGEND, From what I gather that seems to be the gist of it, but still the lame reality of this is that this is still gonna only benefit the 360 user base that have Comcast of Verizon (which that is a rarity in itself considering how long it's taking them to roll out FiOS to all). And the catch-22 w/ that is that Comcast can get straight Nazi w/ their bandwidth usage. Hmm....I can already for see this getting ugly in the future when some users start getting hit w/ bandwidth issues.

IMDLEGEND
IMDLEGEND

If you already need to be a subscriber, why not just turn off the xbox, and watch cable on your tv? I don't get it (yet). I guess it could mean that if you have a room without a cable box, you can use your xbox in the room, and have some cable functionality.

Mkherkzen
Mkherkzen

Microsoft is focusing too heavily on USA and UK and totally omitting other countries - if you compare the offerings for any market with what America has they look ridiculously poor. I have an Xbox, but am not happy about what M$ offers in my country. Sony is doing much better here :/

gdogghenrikson
gdogghenrikson

every one get ready for an xbox live price hike! lets say maybe 20$ a month

duke-nukem11
duke-nukem11

i already use the sky service on my xbox. it was a bit crap when it first come out. but its great now. no need to have a extra skybox in my room now!

BlackSquare
BlackSquare

What don't you people get? With this you get free cable tv. You don't need to pay for cable, only pay for your internet access.

monson21502
monson21502

@phillkillv2, i thought charter was bad... then alantic brodband took them over... wow ever month the bill would go up 3-5 bucks last month i had them my bill was 170 bucks!! i now got dish network and pay 40 a month for tv. was paying 70 for their fastest cable internet speed. but just lowered it to the lowest speed for 35 a month. and have magic jack for home phone which is like 30 a year.

monson21502
monson21502

hmmm. im locked in on dish network for 2 years. might check this out if dish gets too high. i dont really watch tv that much anything over 40 bucks is a waste of money imo

Gigas_Yuu
Gigas_Yuu

This has some awesome potential. As someone who uses Netflix Party a lot - this would be great if I could watch all the action/drama shows with my friends from abroad all in one comprehensive interface that self syncs. The days of playing Spartacus on the PC and saying "Go" through Skype or some random voice chat program that has a few milliseconds of delay and an ugly VLC media player are over. Good job, X-Finity and FiOs. Both of your networks respectively own U-Verse any day of the week. Bootleg movie site quality is also a joke. Realistically, no pretty girl is going to go through some of the annoying steps it could take to watch an entire season of something online - especially when it comes to torrenting and combining loads of .rars. Besides, I want to support the networks consistently dishing out quality instead of being another leech.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@AgentRebecca Indeed. I have several PCs and I have 1 in my bedroom hooked up to a 55in LCD, so with the internet, and the limitless "free"movie sites out there, I see no need for this. Not to mention my 360 is a little over 3 years old, so I don't want to stress it too much, rather use it for gaming.

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

Thanks now another reason 4 Microsoft 2 raise Gold

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

I'm happy about this. Time to tell my parents to buy a 360 for themselves and dump Charter HAHA !

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

those 2 i dont it in MY area!, at least i got netflix, hulu, etc. soon on xbox when i get it (360), and now they got NFL ticket via direcTV on ps3.

no_skills
no_skills

FiOS & Xfinity are playing catchup to ATT U-Verse which has been doing that almost 2 years now. Requires a $99 connection kit. No extra monthly fees. The benefit is instead of paying for a cable box every month, you can use the XBox 360.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Type "Netflix" in the search window at the top of the page, and pull up some of the earliest stories about how the X360 was going to be streaming Netflix... You find all of the comments you see below. "Don't need it!" "I only play games on my console!" "PS3 4 life LOLOLJK" Fast forward to NOW. Most of us are now actually using Netflix streaming fairly often... not only on X360 but also PS3 and even the Wii. So why not pull some OnDemand shows, too? If it's there, I'll for sure use it. Glad to have more access to the good stuff I'm already paying for on my cable bill.

mike300zxt
mike300zxt

@Ovirew, the xbox 360 was never just a simple "game system". It was designed to be a gaming, media and entertainment hub. Microsoft has been working on bringing TV to xbox since before it launched, and stats show that almost 50% of console use (xbox and PS3) is non-gaming! If you want to use it for gaming only, go for it! The extra features don't detract from it's gaming capabilities. They simply add extra value for the almost 50% of us that use it for everything it was designed to do.

mike300zxt
mike300zxt

More options are never a bad thing! It doesn't cost extra if you don't use it. I like the new integrated search they're adding...where it can easily find shows on Live TV, Netflix, Zune, Youtube, Hulu, connected media hub, etc. And if I can do it all through one remote (or kinect), all the better! Even if you still need a cable box, at least you don't need the remote! And who knows, maybe this will bring some IPTV competition, and better prices! :)

Ovirew
Ovirew

It doesn't sound like they're ramping up their non-gaming features in a big way to me. If they were, I could get some of this stuff on the system and not have to be a member of Xfinity or FiOS to do it - I'd just need an XBox LIVE Gold account. @thenephariouson I concur. Microsoft makes a game system, then focuses on non-gaming stuff. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

Blitzman
Blitzman

@cardinal_gundam Well, if you are paying for an Xbox Live membership solely to watch cable, I think you are missing the point, my friend :) :) :)

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Excellent partnership strategy, particularly given that they didn't only stick with cable or telcos -- some of each... In the races for content licensing and eyeballs, you can't afford to exclude an entire category of potential users.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Thanks MS, but if you expect me to pay, them im very sorry, but you can 'Ram it'! Honestly, if MS ploughed as much money into developing 1st party exclusives as they do with pointless TV services, they would be head and shoulders above their competition. Shame.......

cardinal_gundam
cardinal_gundam

So I am already paying for these channels with my cable internet connection, and have on-demand for some of these channels. Is there a reason to pay for an XBOX live subscription so I can watch this through my Xbox rather than my cable box?

yerg3
yerg3

@kca89 Who said anything about it being necessary? They are just trying to give people more bang for their buck. By giving the people who have Xbox Live options like ESPN, live TV, and youtube.

kca89
kca89

I have Comcast, but seriously, how is this even necessary? If I want to watch shows via Xfinity/On Demand, I simply hit one button to switch my TV back to the cable and select what I want.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

And I'm certain an Xbox Live Gold Membership is going to be if you already pay for XBL Gold. FUMS

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

Microsoft should use their money for getting better exclusives!! Not some crappy kinect nostalgia. So GoW3 is the last, Halo 4( kinda weird ), the only left is Forza?? Ahh come on microsoft

Paradosis
Paradosis

Yeah. Those few button pushes it takes to get from console to cable are killing me right now. I just don't have that much energy anymore.

Ford_Cruller
Ford_Cruller

Adding new features is never a bad thing. Although I am a bit worried that games no longer seem to be the focus.

Blitzman
Blitzman

I am excited about this. Look, if I can get all my entertainment without having to fumble for a remote to change inputs on my system, I am all for it. Once the wife falls asleep on the couch to her regularly scheduled programming, I am a few button presses away from a multiplayer GoW 3 match. I'm just sayin'.

AnakinSW
AnakinSW

Dear Microsoft, I'd just assume you NOT turn my 360 into a cable box. Thanks.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

You have to be an existing Comcast or Verizon customer to use this on Xbox 360. Good to have options, Even though I just use Xbox 360 for playing videogames. "Option to" are nice

DragonRift
DragonRift

This is really getting silly. The inclusion of Netflix was a good idea, but plain old cable TV? It's bad enough we're bombarded with ads on a PAID subscription service through Live, so why not toss in TV as well? Who the hell looks at their 360 and thinks "Ya know, this would be an awesome cable receiver." I remember the old days when video game systems did one thing and one thing ONLY: play video games. :|

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Suppose it's alright if you want the thing, wouldn't interest me though. My games console is for gaming, and my TV does the whole 'television' thing. I do find it amusing how Sony make a profit from this though :P "...potential partners, including HBO, Bravo, SyFy Channel, Sony Pictures' Crackle streaming service..." Best of mates Microsoft and Sony, this whole console war is quite clearly one big fad!

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

The big question is why? Why would you need to watch TV on your XBOX? Is having one more box by your television that big of a deal?

DrKill09
DrKill09

360 getting "reliable hardware" and "non-timed exclusives" at any point? :P

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

I aint getting this, i dont watch TV anyway, i use Netflix and its good enough for me. Im just waiting for the Fall Update so we can have Youtube on here.

John_Read
John_Read

rather spend money on exclusives

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

Actually here's the deal FallenOneX it states explicitly on that the Xbox 360 can not be your only receiver. The hardware kit itself costs 99 bucks in addition to the gold xbox live fee (assuming you aren't already a paying gold xbl customer) and the fee you'd already be paying for the U-verse package to begin with. Because you'd have to have U-verse outside Xbox live just to upgrade to that its basically the same thing as what is being offered here save for the extra 99 bucks (and if you aren't already a gold xbox live member the gold xbox live membership fee) you'd have to pay for that but to each their own.source: http://www.att.com/u-verse/explore/xbox-receiver.jsp#fbid=9fNs4i9DrPX

DarthVeng_basic
DarthVeng_basic

Pay for Internet, Pay for your Console, Pay for Xbox Live, Pay to play the game online because you bought it used. PAY PAY PAY!!!!!!! What more fee's are people so willing to hand out? I have had enough. I have no interest in this garbage anyway.

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

Hope no one cancelled their services before reading this '"However, users would need to be existing customers of the standard version of those services in order to add the Xbox 360 capability."' read first react later, in that order. @MetalBoxFan Um, actually since you'd already have to be a paying customer of one of those services outside of xbox live; that would mean that you've already been paying for it and would continue to pay for it.Unless they make it so people who aren't already comcast customers can get it subsidized through their xbox live fee; this changes nothing for those who don't already subscribe to them.I was hopeful that they'd allow non-pre-existing customers to get Comcast but this basically just turns the xbox 360 into another xfinity box for those who already are paying for it.

MetalBoxFan
MetalBoxFan

wooo more services to pay for on xbox.