Xbox original shows either “only on Xbox or best on Xbox”

Xbox Entertainment Studios president describes how a horror show could use Kinect.

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Xbox Entertainment Studios president Nancy Tellem said that Microsoft is hoping Xbox Originals, its slate of original TV programming for the console, can reach viewers on other platforms, but that the shows will always be either “only on Xbox or best on Xbox.”

“We’re talking to studios and production companies about windowing,” Tellem told [a]list daily, meaning releasing a product at different times on different platforms or markets. “To limit access to great content and great creators is a disservice. We hope we can go off our platform to introduce Xbox Originals to people not aware of Xbox.”

Tellem’s comments support recent reports that Microsoft was in negotiations to bring the Halo live-action TV show to premium cable channel Showtime. The plan, supposedly, was to have each episode air on Showtime first, then on Xbox, but with added interactive elements.

In addition to time-shifted comments and other social interactions that Microsoft has mentioned before, Tellem gave an example for the kind of interactive viewing that Xbox makes possible.

“Imagine watching a horror show where the Kinect sees you cover your eyes so the volume goes up or they say, ‘Put your hands down.’” she said.

Last week, Microsoft revealed the new lineup of Xbox Originals content.

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Discussion

174 comments
Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

"“Imagine watching a horror show where the Kinect sees you cover your eyes so the volume goes up or they say, ‘Put your hands down.’” she said."

Probably the dumbest idea.


Kinect is the worst device of America!

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

Interactivity in movies or tv show is.....STUPID!!!

fede018
fede018

lol, no reason to buy an Xbox. Anyone with Netflix will have access to Xbox Originals

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

At this point I'm not even sure MS realizes the XB1 is a video game console.

northArrow
northArrow

And again it's more theoretical crap. It's not: "We have a feature that does this" it's: This might be possible someday maybe, even though nobody's developing something like this right now.


Kinect 2.0 is going down the same path as the original

crushbrain
crushbrain

“Imagine watching a horror show where the Kinect sees you cover your eyes so the volume goes up or they say, ‘Put your hands down.’” she said.


[Dreamy music plays and I see myself on my couch watching a horror show with Kinect... ]


Yep. It was just as annoying and gimmicky as I imagined. Now I imagine myself going a buying a PS4.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Only on Xbox or best on Xbox, huh? Well, it's a good thing that I can settle with something inferior such as a PC or Xbox-less TV-screen if any of those shows get released outside of Microsoft's domain.

neowarrior793
neowarrior793

so wait, that device thats not supposed to be monitoring you is actually monitoring you. if there saying its only monitoring you while you are watching the tv show, what's stopping them from monitoring you when you are just watching tv and have the pass through the x bone? MS this is getting very dodgy.

jfk-sniper
jfk-sniper

I know that teven plays games on SONY

evil_m3nace
evil_m3nace

Here's my idea, Im just throwing this out there but, maybe instead of trying to amplify volume and ordering people around, you just let them enjoy their experience? Shocking Idea I know, you can burn me at the stake now.

DARREN636
DARREN636

The show you are watching is pretty lame...

So we had to incorporate a load of bells and whistles to distract you...

mr_nee
mr_nee

I have a great idea for xbox original TV show that would be best with kinect.

I'm thinking "Enemy of the state" (the one with Will Smith) type of plot. People are being watched and monitored everywhere!
So from time to time this TV show hints you, that you also are being watched as you watch this show. Maybe show your and your frend's rooms on surveilance monitors. That would be cool!

xrizz1066
xrizz1066

From reading the movie press it appears as ifNancy Tellem and m$ don't really have a plan and are expecting the producers to come up with the ideas of what to do and how to incorporate the kenect. Only problem with this, is then m$ want a huge chunk of the pie. Leaving less for the producer whoes idea they're using and that is something Hollywood is not interested in doing. Another example of no real forward thinking from m$. Just copy others ideas and use their money to force things through. In the UK C4 are producing a show together which will air at same time on X1 and normally tv. So no exclusive there.

DeadorRock
DeadorRock

People cover their eyes with their hands when they watch horror movies? Seriously? And since shows/movies are not interactive, how is a voice disconnected from whatever is happening on the screen telling me to put my hands down supposed to enhance the experience? I would find it very distracting and annoying.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

Playing Outlast on PC last night, very scary, no need for TV shows, no need for Kinect. Not sure why you'd want a game console to watch TV on your TV, so it can watch you...


My Xbox One sits switched off with Kinect facing the wall these days (will sell the X1 by itself and gladly smash the Kinect if anyone's interested?) stupid thing.

WereCatf
WereCatf

Hm, why are almost all of my comments marked as "pending" nowadays?

packers904
packers904

@youre_a_sheep  because they have a section devoted to entertainment while they are steadily working on amazing games in the main section? just like Sony

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@neowarrior793  There is a bit of a difference between using the Kinect with a sophisticated piece of tech and them storing data about you.

How is this any different to playing a Kinect game? You opt in to let Kinect turn on when a TV show asks for it. How is that difficult to understand without people turning it into something it isn't?

Besides this is the lamest idea ever. I never cover my face with my hands, this will work and be fun the first time for about 5% of the people using it. I mean you never mentioned that you just went straight to the privacy bull**** yet again. Says a lot about your mentality.


Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@evil_m3nace  What? So a TV show reacting to your behaviour doesn't sound fun to you? This is the problem with people today they can't look any further beyond the end of their own nose to see how a new idea might work in a real setting.

I don't personally think this will be something I'd use since I don't cower behind my own hands when watching TV but the idea that the Kinect can pick up things about me and translate them into a TV show or game is EXACTLY where Kinect can be a great addition.

It isn't hand waving and all that bullshit but the Kinect sat there monitoring things about you passively while you play a game is a great thing.

Naturally it is early days but narrow minded people like you would kill any idea Microsoft has before it even gets used properly.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@mr_nee  In Enemy of the State only one person is being monitored. There aren't enough satellites in the sky to spy on more than a handful of people at once.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@DeadorRock  what whould be even more annoying is if you're watching an adult channel through xboxs and it tells you to put your hands down from time to time

milleniaxender
milleniaxender

@XNEXUS666X Do you know. You can disconnect the Kinect and the Xbox One will still work? The only stupid thing here. IS YOU!! STUPID HATER!!!

mr_nee
mr_nee

@WereCatf  I think they've added the whole english dictionary to blacklist

neowarrior793
neowarrior793

@Bellum_Sacrum @neowarrior793  well there not monitoring me XD, but i can see why people are looking a bit paranoid about MS. still this is getting a little out of hand if you ask me. 

evil_m3nace
evil_m3nace

@Dannystaples14 @evil_m3nace  A person yelling at me to put my hands down if I'm watching a Tv series? would it yell at me if I turn my head to talk to somebody? Im all for technology interacting with me, but that idea is really stupid.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Dannystaples14 @evil_m3naceA new idea isn't automatically a good idea. Anything new has to deserve our attention, our approval. If an idea sounds bad, unnecessary or whatever, then it's a bad idea and we shouldn't feel sorry for not giving it a second chance.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@shinjuki @XNEXUS666Xoh yeah, because big corporations never spy or collect data... The ol 'tinfoil hat' comment is a bit 'dad joke' calibre, surely you can't be retarded, ignorant AND uncool.

Anyway, the x1 clearly lacks, pretty sure most people wanted higher res and frame rates over a big ass camera that doesn't even work properly.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@neowarrior793 @Dannystaples14  

This is absolutely no different than the Kinect listening for voice or gesture commands while you watch TV. Give it a rest already as it is not spying on you. 

neowarrior793
neowarrior793

@Darth_Aloysius @neowarrior793 @Bellum_Sacrum  there only so much information the kinect should collect, i dont mind them knowing that i like to watch anime or know my favorite type of game but literally watching me watch tv shows is going a bit too far. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Millard11 I'm against the whole "always do this or that" mentality that I thought I saw with dannystaples14, who says that it's a problem that we don't give new ideas a benefit of the doubt. Firstly, saying something here isn't like signing a contract, nobody will know if you actually DO agree to the idea later on. Secondly, if an idea sounds bad it probably is bad and doesn't deserve our attention/time. The example of "put your hands down" is a bit silly and might not even happen (that's the danger of giving examples, because people get hung up on them) but as an idea it doesn't sound like something I'd want and so I'm saying that I don't want that. No harm done, it'd be worse if I wasn't honest about what I thought. If more info comes along, I might change my mind, but a good first impression is important and that whole "kinect can tell you to put your hands down" isn't a very good one.

Millard11
Millard11

But you didn't even give it one chance. You haven't tried the idea so how would you know of you like it. If we always gave up on ideas because we "think" they wouldn't work or be possible we wouldn't have so many of the great discoveries and amazing technology we have today.