Xbox Live adds dozens of TV and film partners

Microsoft rolling out new deals with Comcast, Verizon, HBO, BBC, TMZ, YouTube, and UFC this holiday season.

Last week, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft was in talks with "nearly two dozen" content providers to introduce new music, TV, and film content to Xbox Live. Microsoft today confirmed the report and then some, releasing a list of 38 partners whose shows will be newly available through the Xbox 360 online service starting this holiday season.

Xbox Live is expanding its offerings again.

Among the biggest names on the list are cable TV providers Comcast and Verizon. When the services go live, Comcast Xfinity subscribers will have access to more than 10,000 episodes of on-demand TV, while Verizon FiOS customers will be able to watch 26 channels of live TV, including MTV, Spike, Food Network, Comedy Central, HBO, CNN, and Nickelodeon.

While those two new additions will be limited to US-based customers, UK Xbox 360 owners will be getting integration of BBC programming and LoveFilm, among others. Other notable additions to the slate of content partners include HBO GO, TMZ, YouTube, and UFC.

Many of the content partners will support Microsoft's motion-sensing Kinect peripheral, but that isn't the only alternative control method being offered. Microsoft is also going to release a free Xbox Companion App for Windows Mobile phones. The app will allow users to search for content on Xbox Live from their phones and cue it up on the system without needing to pick up a controller.

[UPDATE]: A Microsoft representative clarified for GameSpot which services will need existing subscriptions or Xbox Live Gold accounts, saying, "Public service broadcasters, like BBC, and transaction-based applications, like Best Buy's CinemaNow, will be available to all Xbox Live members. Other applications and services, such as HBO GO, Bravo and Dailymotion, will require an Xbox Live Gold membership."

A full list of the partners and the regions in which their content will be available follows below.

ABC iView--Australia
AlloCiné--France, Germany, Spain, UK
Antena 3--Spain
Astral Media's Disney XD--Canada
BBC--UK
blinkbox--UK
Bravo--US
Canal+--France, Spain
Channel 4--UK
Channel 5--UK
CinemaNow (Best Buy)--US
Comcast--US
Crackle--Australia, Canada, UK, US
Dailymotion--Available in 32 markets
EPIX--US
GolTV--Spain
HBO GO--US
Hulu--Japan
iHeartRadio (Clear Channel)--US
LOVEFiLM--Germany, UK
Manga Entertainment--US
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment/Real Sports--Canada
Mediaset--Italy
MSN with MSNBC.com--Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, UK
MUZU.TV--France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK
Rogers On Demand Online (RODO)--Canada
RTVE--Spain
SBS On Demand--Australia
Syfy--US
Telefonica--Spain
Televisa--Mexico
"The Today Show"--US
TMZ--US
UFC--Canada, US
Verizon--US
VEVO--Canada, UK, US
YouTube--Available in 22 markets
ZDF--Germany

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129 comments
Mkherkzen
Mkherkzen

@ Frosty192 Oh, thank you for "enlightening me". This was very helpful. Not. I don't care about the origin of the device. If they're selling it in my place, I want AT LEAST a SIMILAR treatment as you punks. Somehow, no one gave a minus to guffweed7, who complained about the same thing.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

If only MS invested the same resources into obtaining better 1st Party Developers and Games.

guffweed7
guffweed7

I'm from the UK and i am personally rather annoyed with the fact you Americans are being prioritized in this update, as with every move Microsoft make, the U.S.A comes first. All i want is to be able to watch Manga Entertainment, Comedy Central & at least a quarter of the channels America is getting, is that really to much to ask ??

Mr_Zanaforia
Mr_Zanaforia

wait.... All you dicks are getting awesome new features and complaining about it? What the hell is wrong with you?

xxxxTRISTAMxxxx
xxxxTRISTAMxxxx

FYI....Some of these require seperate pay subscriptions - Rogers On Demand for example.

Elkaerock
Elkaerock

there is NOTHING for BRAZIL, only max payne shooting my people over here... you guys are reaaally cool, thanks... and all i wanted was last fm... is it much to ask?

thomanji
thomanji

Stupid to have these restrictions on. It should all be available to the world. We are in the internet age why repeating the channels you have in your TV anyway. The success of such Internet TV is that you can look channels from other country and see other opinions. Why would I look this on my XBox if I can see it in HS on my TV?

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

UK got BBC, Australia have SBS, but USA left with TMZ, great. I guess there is no chance we can have Al Jazeera English on Xbox USA.

jch123
jch123

looks like the subscription fee is starting to pay off a bit. way long over due though. we should get DLC at a discount to.

Frosty192
Frosty192

@Mkherkzen Probably because it is a US console.

01706_123
01706_123

psn is good but xbox live is better

kargion
kargion

The fact i still have to pay for cable it looks like doesn't fix any thing, still have to pay the same amount

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

awesome can't wait to watch tv on the xbox, hopefully the new fall update will finally bring the web browser we've been waiting for too!

blackace
blackace

I don't have Comcast or Verizon for cable. So will I be able to watch any of this stuff with a Gold Membership? That's all I want to know. I'm not paying any extra money for subscriptions. Screw that. If some of this stuff is FREE, I'm all for it. I already have Netflix and I still have Showtime & TMC, but I may get rid of those soon. Already got rid of Stars, Cinemax & HBO. Overpriced BS. I love all these channels, but paying $10 - $15 a month for each got old real fast.

Mr_Kindheart
Mr_Kindheart

Surprised that there are actually more services for Australia. Not that it matters anyway, I'll never use that stuff.

Mkherkzen
Mkherkzen

Where are any offerings for countries other than US and UK? Xbox is in lots of countries, but M$ keeps focusing only on English-speaking nations. This sucks.

andrewglencros
andrewglencros

sill £39.99 for a lot of thing you can get on ps3 and pc free

foxrock66
foxrock66

Now if only the XBL service was free. Oh well, I'll keep dreaming.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Still not convinced that this will be good or not. Will wait to see what I actually have access to and what is just another way for to access content that's for sale.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Aw man. So M$ gives me the service for free(finally something for free from them!) but I still have to be subscribed to someone else for this. On top of Netflix's recent garbage,this is making streaming content a difficult and expensive thing.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@Everyone saying 'I'll cut cable and keep this', Here's what some of you don't understand....there really is no 'dropping the cable' b/c the service won't work that way if you do. Read the previous article GS did on this, if you don't believe me, you'll have to maintain at least enough of a base cable subscription to use these features--and w/ some of this 'on-demand' channels, like HBO GO and such you need to have those 'premium' channels in your cable subscription before you can view their extra content.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Who doesn't have cable already?? Not useful for everyone who watches TV already.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Thats better since why would you need to pay $59.99 per year to access watching plain old television shows via Xbox 360. Most people have a least basic cable, So if you had to have Xbox live gold in order to watch television that would be close to $100.00 for 26 channels. Since bare bones cable is about $50.00. HBO, UFC etc are different so yeah Gold account is needed. Comcast and Verizon will have to do, But I kinda want LoveFilm, But that is UK only. Sigh, tough life no Lovefilm for me....

WasTeDMinD86
WasTeDMinD86

I already get HBO shows on my Xbox. They show them on Sky Atlantic and Sky 1.

stu_gamer
stu_gamer

Wow.....thats alot of content providers! Cant wait :D

delusional696
delusional696

Gamespot: Alphabetical by region would have been a more useful list format. Also I want BBC in the US. :(

moviequest14
moviequest14

And anyone wonders why ps3 is last in the game market? (If they can luck up and get a highquality 360 that won't break down) A lot of people find the ultimate set in wii/360 (wii for first party titles) and 360 (for 3rd party titles,best online,and some of the best console-entertainment out there) and for a long time both of which you could buy for the same price as a ps3.

sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

Microsoft- BEST internet, games, entertainment Sony- Best free internet, games, entertainment Nintendo-...umm.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

To be fair I'm a Sony gamer and this is pretty decent stuff. Whooooole lot on that list :) Unfortunately no UFC for the UK though which is a tad naff.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

Ah nice to see Microsoft have finally given up trying to charge people for the BBC iplayer and put it on for everyone

GreG975
GreG975

All I see for the regions is "UK, US, UK, US, UK, US, UK, US..."

Triton
Triton

Great if I can can steam TV Wireless.

drytal
drytal

Xbox simply has the best online features of any console ever made.

mikebateman
mikebateman

FINALLY! About blooming time xbox. Now... when will I be able to use said services?

KUNG-LO
KUNG-LO

@ DarthVeng_basic I thought PCs where for Spreadsheets, Databases, & E-mails. Now you tell me you can play games on those things ? Come on dude technology always evolves. Get with it or get left behind "Caveman" !!

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

You know, it will be a sweet day when every Xbox owner on the planet will be able to enjoy ALL the offerings that the Xbox is providing, and not just to specific regions. (sigh) One can dream, right?

ciwan
ciwan

Well I guess Sweden is left out in the cold

okassar
okassar

Cool. I have Comcast and didn't want to buy several On Demand boxes. I guess the 360 will act as my second box for the basement now :) Good deals with big companies. and @Gamer, I remember when Microsoft said it will increase Live's price because it needs to and now you can find Live for dirt cheap in online sales...with bonuses sometimes.

Gamer1079
Gamer1079

A major red flag that a price increase in Xbox Live draws near. I better renew asap before the inevitable happens.

BilkeLegenda
BilkeLegenda

As long as they dont raise the price of live again.

StromileSwiftee
StromileSwiftee

This is just the service I was looking for... now if they offer those channels without having to auction off a first born, then it is definitely worth it! Would even mind payin a little extra if you get several cable channels without paying the actual Channel provider.

Thuganomic05
Thuganomic05

I just need me some Youtube (for my laziness to walk to my computer), some UFC face poundage, and.... that's about it.

Thuganomic05
Thuganomic05

@KCA89 - True, but not everyone has cable for both TV/Internet. Like myself, I cancelled the TV part of my cable, because I never watched TV and have Netflix; while keeping the internet side of the cable for my XBL/Netflix/Zune

DarthVeng_basic
DarthVeng_basic

Message from Microsoft "Hey kids, we don't mind you playing games once in awhile, we just want your X360 to be a Home Entertainment Theater...and pay twice the price while we nickle and dime you to death." - MS can kiss my a**. I don't need nor care for ANY this garbage. That's what a PC is for. My console is for games.

bradocki
bradocki

Even tough Microsoft is official with the Xbox360 in Brazil, they left us out in the cold, gee tnx Microsoft :(