Xbox Live Diamond TV service getting E3 unveil?

E3 2011: Long-rumored "Orapa" IPTV service reported to be big part of Monday press conference; Microsoft keeping mum.

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Source: Microsoft speculation site Winrumors.

What we heard: On Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. PDT, Microsoft's media briefing will start off the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Though the company is keeping mum on what's in store for the conference, rumors have a high-definition remake of Halo: Combat Evolved and the Kinect-enabled Gears of War: Exile as being on tap at the event.

Today, another rumor may have prematurely revealed a cornerstone of Microsoft's press conference. Winrumors reports that Microsoft will likely use its presentation to unveil Xbox Live Diamond, the Xbox 360's long-awaited IPTV service. The company apparently is planning a demonstration of the service--code-named "Orapa"--for the event, but it is still in the process of trying to lock down agreements with cable television providers and other involved third parties.

Will Microsoft reveal Xbox Live Diamond on Monday?

"Microsoft is currently in last minute negotiations to secure the necessary agreements in time," an anonymous source told Winrumors.

Today's rumors come six months after a Reuters report revealed that Microsoft was planning on being a "virtual cable operator" via the Xbox 360. According to that report, the software giant was planning to offer a suite of cable channels through the console for an additional monthly fee on top of Xbox Live Gold.

The official story: When queried, Microsoft reps would only say, "We are excited to share our latest news at E3 during our news briefing on the morning of Monday, June 6, 2011, at the Galen Center on USC Campus in Los Angeles."

Bogus or not bogus?: Since Microsoft has been promising IPTV for the Xbox 360 as far back as January 2007, many industry watchers have taken an "I'll believe it when I see it" approach. However, with reputable outlets like Reuters reporting that Microsoft may be getting into the television game with the Xbox 360, Monday's press conference could indeed see the long-awaited feature take shape.

Discussion

137 comments
Setsuka13
Setsuka13

Extra fee? Sheesh. Why not just slap Netflix, Hulu Plus, Zune Pass, IPTV, and everything else that gets an extra charge and make it a flat fee? Call it Xbox Platinum or something.

reavin81
reavin81

but you can all ready get crap like foxtel (pay tv) on thier lol

thuban
thuban

sounds good but whats the bet AU wont get it til next gen xbox is almost released if at all

cjf187x
cjf187x

It'll only be good if it's cheaper than Comcast and better service...which shouldn't be hard.

pinicolaroxa
pinicolaroxa

Great, thats why i bought my xbox, to watch tv.

diggyman
diggyman

@Beesters Wouldn't that be nice?

Beesters
Beesters

Maybe now my Comcast bill will drop.......

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

Yes, let's introduce more streaming services at a time when almost every internet provider in the United States is capping bandwidth.

sweeten16
sweeten16

us europeans will be put to sleep during half the conference then? great

pi1gor
pi1gor

@mickyfinn84 All Microsoft knows how to do is clutter desktops/dashboards.

ZeroChance79
ZeroChance79

Yeah, because god knows Micro$oft isnt in the videogame business.

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

This would be better if I did not have a download cap of 30GB... mind you, the only time I go over is from downloading too many tv shows...

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

We want games Microsoft, enough with all the crap cluttering up the dashboard. While your messing around with this stuff Sony is getting all the best deals.

Janpieterzun
Janpieterzun

Considering how Netflix stock has been phenomenal, how the company grew, how almost 50% of xboxlive traffic is video related content (movies ect) how 20% of us internet traffic at peek times is Netflix. Then yeah, this is tremendous news. Cable needs competition.

svaubel
svaubel

Is M$ going to be showing any games this year?

lock445
lock445

If this console generation last one or two more years, it'll be worth it, but I hope this feature makes it to the next-gen. Getting used to this luxury and having it scrapped in the next console would suck...

zaz0o0o
zaz0o0o

last year MS press sucked because it was all about kinect and just few games how about more games rather than just some cable tv that will not work in Asia (only in US) i neeed games MS

mission76
mission76

Now this might be ok...except you're still going to need the cable companies to supply you the internet. So why bother

funktacious
funktacious

While I still crave some good game news from Microsoft this E3, if this news turns out to be true I will be floored...

ant2967
ant2967

I am all for this. the more competition the cable companies have the cheaper it will be for everyone.

huskerman34
huskerman34

Sounds cool it will take a while before i would make a purchase.

southernzombie
southernzombie

I think its really going to depend on how much "extra" this service will cost and how much its going to offer. My DirecTV bill is roughly 50 bucks a month surely it'll be cheaper than that but i get like 200 channels. Not that I use all 200 of them (maybe 10 or 20) but some of them I cant be without like sports channels and history channel and fox. I'm not making a decision on this one until I see what its going to offer. But if its cheap enough and offers enough channels all the big cable/satellite companies better look out.

dkpunk
dkpunk

@salvucci91 I'll be the first one to cancel. Cable "providers" prefer to use no lube when they rape you.

salvucci91
salvucci91

Hmph.. is it really necessary? Yeah, it's pretty awesome that will have that capability, but how many people are really going to cancel with their current cable provider?

Phazon_Killer
Phazon_Killer

I already have cable MS, how about you let us in on some possible games in development?

drokmore
drokmore

I dont want to hear about TV at E3, MS better bring Gaming news....

advanracer
advanracer

..didn't Opra was into the whole Gaming scene especially with the XBOX hahahha..more money for Microsoft! Woohoo!

Tevi
Tevi

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Khatjal
Khatjal

Will Diamond be available in Canada... that's what i'm wondering.

cyclonebw
cyclonebw

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cyclonebw
cyclonebw

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Mik9445
Mik9445

US only , not for the UK I bet. :-(

Viiper
Viiper

No thanks...I get mad channels included in my Comcast bill...And phone too. But this sounds cool for others that don't get those included with their internet package.

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

So could I buy select channels that I watch and cancel my cable? Because if I could buy my sport channel and the history and the science channel I would cancel my cable. I only use like 3 channels.. if I wasn't a sports fan I would cancel cable right now.

monson21502
monson21502

i think they need to start buying 3rd parties.. im pretty sure they will annouce some this E3.. i think they want to stay in the gaming console market and they must know u need exclusives specialy when u charge for online for 3rd party games and the others are free to play. nintendo and sonys online wont be as bad next gen so they need to do something.....

SopranosFan
SopranosFan

I am against it. Even if it does come out relatively cheap it won't stay that way for long. If cable companies start getting threatened by it because they own a lot of channels and therefore start raising prices for the channels they own. The same thing happened to satellite companies. Next I have good internet......most of the time but it does go out or slow occasionally. Plus I do use Netflix occasionally but I don't want to be taking up bandwidth doing something there are other ways to do.

yugioholsson11
yugioholsson11

I will say it now $10 its not coming to Australia...

servb0ts
servb0ts

could be either good thing or bad thing, it depends on how M$ executes it.

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

@Jebril Yeah but your bandwidth usage is going to go through the roof. So this still doesn't really seem like a huge deal. Plus I don't own an xbox for watching tv, you know what I mean? Hell, with the exception of the Wii, even netflix runs better on every other platform. If we don't see an exclusive that's not Halo or Gears, their press confernce is going to suck. I never turn on my xbox unless it's to play gears or halo because I have my PC and PS3 for everything else, both of which do gaming better than the xbox in almost every respect. I wish they'd show off something new because it's really starting to show it's age. I mean the xbox is a pretty low end PC compared to today's standards. The PS3 has the advantage of blu-ray and slightly better internals, so games aren't look as compressed and janky...but even they only have another year or two tops. Basically, if this is microsofts big reveal, there better be some new exclusive IP's.

Jebril
Jebril

Most of you kiddies are complaining about this cuz you see no use to it, and it's not like a 15 year old should be excited for this anyway, their mom pays for their cable bill. But for someone who pays for their own cable bill can see that this can replace their cable TV for what could be a third of the cost if done right.

Jebril
Jebril

@cyclonebw Super Street Fighter IV, Marvel Vs Capcom 3, Mass Effect 2, Mortal Kombat, Fallout New Vegas, Portal 2, CoD, pretty much every game that come out for the PS3 aside from a few exclusives. IDK man there's still tons of games that came out in the last two years. I dare say you're a troll?

SilverSignal
SilverSignal

Show me the games! Something other than Halo, Gears of War and Forza.

Jebril
Jebril

This actually might be able to replace cable TV for a lot of people if they do it right, what matters the most is the kind of content released on it and how much? Honestly I think it's not necessary but we'll see how it goes.

parhar67
parhar67

depending on how much they charge and what they offer can be good news to those college kids who do not have cable tv in their apartment and watch movies all day.

rehe73
rehe73

Ok! its very good

burnteyeball
burnteyeball

so xbox live got more expensive and now they want you to pay more on top of that to get something new? I'll just stick to pulling up shows on the computer or something.

ToughCritic28
ToughCritic28

Yea, I rarely watch cable tv on my tv dedicated to cable television haha. In my mind cable is old technology, and it's a pain. Why would I want to tune in every week at the same time when I can watch that same episode on hulu, or stream it commercial free on netflix? This is the 21's century, I'm done "tuning in".

cyclonebw
cyclonebw

Now we know why xbox hasn't been getting any games the last 2 years. Theve been working on tv channels. lol