Microsoft partners with Time Warner for new live TV deal

Microsoft announces "landmark" deal with Time Warner to bring US subscribers 300 live TV channels this summer.

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Today, Microsoft announced a "landmark" deal with Time Warner Cable that will bring 300 of the cable company's live TV channels to the Xbox 360 later this summer.

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Users must have an Xbox Live Gold membership and a subscription to Time Warner Cable to watch live television through their Xbox 360s. Live streaming is available only to those in the United States.

Supported channels include AMC, BBC World News, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Food Network, HGTV, and more. Users will be able to control the programming using their voice through the Kinect, Microsoft said.

This deal is similar to the existing offer for Verizon FiOS subscribers, where users can watch many of the same channels live through their Xbox 360s with Kinect compatibility.

Live TV streaming through Microsoft's next-generation Xbox One won't require a separate application, as it currently does on the Xbox 360. The console will plug directly into a user's cable box and feed live TV through the system with an HDMI cable.

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Sounded like a good deal until you read the article.. LOL

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Still not sure why this is news. I still have to pay TWC if I want those channels and I still have to pay for a cable box right? What does this do for me? Now if I could down load an app and stream TWC in HD, use my Xbox HD as a DVR and then am able to get rid of my cable box, THAT would be news!

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I honestly can't wait. AMC is huge. Walking Dead on my xbox sounds absolutely amazinv especially while im playing a game with the switch feature. Do people even understand how easy this going to make gaming and TV watching

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...because watching tv is currently so fiendishly difficult...?

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This could work. I hope they find a way to. Release day needs to hurry.

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eh.... I would think this was cool if they somehow made it part of the gold membership but I don't really care in this case..... I don't like TV enough to pay for it I'll stick with Netflix.... on top of this you still need a cable box? not much of a point aside from gimmicky control

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This thing become more and more useless...

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Edited By kalon088273

Seems like a good way for MS to gather data for targeted advertising, and maybe a way for them to offer a subsidized Xbox One through content providers like Time Warner, but I can't see any real benefit to this for consumers. It's just more intrusive advertising.

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Xbox One to gamers living outside of America: **** YOU.

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@advocacy True. Apart from games, none of the features they announced will work in my country.

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whats the point, i dont see any benefit.


what marketing angle are they trying to force feed the consumers.


It should be like if u have an Xbox live gold membership u get all those cable channels without having to subscribe to an additional cable service

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$500 dollar TV box.

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@david60639 and your PS3 was a $600 bluray player

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@innocent69 No, I never bought one.

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"The console will plug directly into a user's cable box and feed live TV through the system with an HDMI cable." I'm a little confused. I use my HDMI cable to go from my Xbox to my TV already. How do I connect the Xbox to the cable box and get it back to my TV? My cable box only has one HDMI connection and so does my Xbox. So even if I connect the cable box to my Xbox.. how do I get the signal to my TV? maybe I am missing something?

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@sqitso Read instruction manuel

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@Csdabest89 @sqitso Umm.. Okay brainiac. So the manual is here http://support.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-360/manuals-specs/manual-specs and just to make sure I double checked the "manual" because I was trying to understand, how a single HDMI port on the Xbox can be used to connect my cable box which also has a single HDMI port to my TV. If the Xbox has a single HDMI port and I connect it to the cable box; how the f*ck do I connect the HDMI port to the TV, when it is connected to something else? Would you mind telling me what the f*ck your dumbass answer has to do with answering my question?

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Checking, checking checking. Its a gaming site so there must be gaming news somewhere in this list of news items... :P

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pimp my box

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Edited By meluvulongtime8

What's the point?? Is there an upside? Am I missing something here?

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@meluvulongtime8 At first I thought to myself, "OH! One less box, now you don't need a cable box and an Xbox in your living room." And then I read that the cable box needs to be connected to the Xbox. So...yeah.

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Yeah, still not getting the xone!

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cmon stop hating look GAMING+ ENTERTAINMENT= AMAZING EXPERIENCE

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I've always wanted to be able to use my tv to watch tv. Thanks Microsoft!

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Edited By BLAS1AN

MS partners with ESPN, NFL, Time Warner, Comcast, Pizza Hut, Music, netflix...etc.

whats next?...Myspace, Home Shopping and Eharmony?

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Yo dawg, we heard you like TV...

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wow you have to have a gold xbox live subscription to watch your own cable that you spend $100 a month for just like you pay for netflix and have to have gold to watch it lmfao

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@drewdogg513 I just do not get it..... what is the big deal?? sure you can now yell at your TV but so what... really. NOW Microsoft can know what you watch, and profit from it. BIG woop. : | -_-

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Microsoft I do not care about TV. I just want decent games!

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Sony is that way bro>>>

You are barking to the wrong company.

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Why?

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So, if I have this straight...... I can watch tv thru my tv. OR, I can pay $50 extra and watch tv thru the xbox?

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@ma_hurt You pay Microsoft so they profit from you. Is'n that grand.

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The hypocrite Sonyfangirls are rejoicing in their seats = YuppTV - Watch more than 150 South Asian Channels live on your PS3. You can watch your favorite Indian programs and movies at your convenience. Rejoice hypocrites, rejoice!

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Actually sounds kind of cool, but I can no longer support Microsoft. They're not for the people and don't have our best interests in mind. Their only goal is to suck every dollar from us they can by force.

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@ajay1708 Really? By force? I wasn't aware that the XBox One wasn't an optional purchase any more. I guess that explains why everybody's upset.

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Bottom line - Choice is ALWAYS a good thing. Anyone suggesting otherwise should pack up and move to China.

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@RighteousWoman Choice is not always a good thing. Ultra capitalist societies bombard people with excessive choices. You should actually try visiting a country that doesn't operate in that fashion and compare for yourself.

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why does anyone care about this feature?

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@csward Because its another way to give Microsoft some much needed money.

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that deal is only for americans

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I hate the ignorant comments on here, You dont have to use any of these new features folks...but its there if you choose to.

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@Change_MyShorts yea just like you don't want the kinect but have to pay for it anyway

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@Change_MyShorts Its these grand features that no one wants that jacks up the price. You do get that part, right?

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@zintarr @Change_MyShorts and a shity Eye camera was going to make the PS4 $500

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I am glad that they cut the eye. I don't want it. I also do not like the Kinect. I don't feel I should pay $100 more to help subsidize a mandatory item that I do not even want.

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What's next?.... I can hook up my xbox 360 to it the same way and play xbox 360 games seamlessly the same way? Or for a matter of fact any other game console... I suppose you could do that too!! but Microsoft doesn't say that i wonder why???..... LOL.....

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Already pay for electricity, Sky TV, broadband internet and TV license, that's not always cheap, im not paying anything more extra to watch it on the 360 or the One, it will be the PS4 for me.

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@DeanoFantasy if you keep up with everything this costs no extra, furthermore may make the x1 cheaper if you purchase it through your cable provider, this will be an extra fun feature, think about voice controlling your tv on those really lazy days, i'll end up buying both systems b/c of exclusive games for each, but the x1 will be all around more fun..

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Edited By myaliasisjames

Bandwidth caps are a end user problem. The consumer will be left to deal with the ISP's that are threatened by this deal. Please get the word out that most ISP's don't feel subscribers should use more than an arbitrary cap. I'm not an advocate of the deal, I'm an advocate of more bandwidth.

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