Xbox One Wins Emmy For Media Capabilities

Microsoft "proud" to take prize from National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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The Xbox One was awarded for its multimedia capabilities at the 66th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards last Thursday, Microsoft has announced.

Presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, the prize was given for the Xbox One's television-on-demand functions. These features were similarly applauded in GameSpot's year-one Xbox One review.

Xbox One plays CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, but it also comes with DLNA and MKV support, which means that downloaded video files can be streamed via your PC or transported via external hard-drive and USBs.

Meanwhile, the interactive TV Guide allows users to turn on and control television with their voice.

"Microsoft is in good company with the likes of fellow award recipients Apple, Roku, Sony, and TiVo, and we're proud to be awarded this honor by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences," the company said.

The system also comes with a comprehensive range of apps. In the US, video channels include Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, Comedy Central, Crackle, CW, ESPN, Fox Now, FX Now, GoPro Channel, Hulu Plus, Machinima, MLB.TV, Major League Gaming, MTV, NBA Game Time, Netflix, NHL Gamecenter Live, Starz Play, Syfy Now, TED, Univision Deportes, USA Now, Verizon FiOS, VH1, Vudu, the WWE Network, and YouTube. Meanwhile, UK-specific apps include 4OD, Blinkbox, Demand 5, Eurosport, Netflix, Now TV, TED, Twitch, Wuaki.tv.

However, when the system was first announced in May 2013, Microsoft faced backlash for focusing too much on the console's media capabilities, as opposed to games.

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