HBO Go, VEVO, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity coming to Xbox 360

As promised, Xbox TV is real, and it's happening. Microsoft has officially announced its first partner today: Verizon.

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As promised, Xbox TV is real, and it's happening. Microsoft has officially announced a number of new partners today, Verizon being the first.

FiOS TV and Internet customers with Xbox Live Gold memberships will be able to view "popular live TV channels through their Xbox consoles without any extra hardware," the announcement details. In addition to providing "multichannel streaming HDTV," the announcement notes that the service will also integrate with Kinect.

By using Kinect, "customers will be able to easily discover and enjoy content in extraordinary new ways, all without having to pick up a remote control." It seems likely that Microsoft's highly-touted Bing voice search will help power the Kinect-enabled TV experience.

No date has been set on when the service will go live. The announcement simply notes "this holiday."

Update: In addition, Microsoft has announced that Comcast Xfinity is also coming to Xbox 360, providing Gold members with "access to over 10,000 episodes of catch-up TV." As with Verizon FiOS, it will be Kinect-enabled.

HBO Go will also be available on Xbox Live as a standalone app. HBO subscribers will have access to "unlimited access to over 1,400 of your favorite HBO shows, including HBO original series, hit movies, sports, comedy and more."

Other entertainment apps will be offered on the Xbox Live service, including:

  • Bravo
  • CinemaNow (Best Buy)
  • Crackle (Sony)
  • EPIX
  • iHeartRadio (Clear Channel)
  • Manga Entertainment
  • Syfy
  • The Today Show
  • TMZ
  • UFC
  • VEVO
  • YouTube

From The Chatty
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    October 5, 2011 9:25 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Verizon FiOS TV coming to Xbox 360.

    As promised, Xbox TV is real, and it's happening. Microsoft has officially announced its first partner today: Verizon.

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      October 5, 2011 9:39 AM

      awesome I just need comcast to jump onboard and I will have no need for a set top box

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      October 5, 2011 9:46 AM

      So is this just live TV? Because who the hell still watches live TV?

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      October 5, 2011 9:46 AM

      HEY GUYS--HUGE UPDATE FROM MICROSOFT. Make sure you click the article! HBO Go and other partners announced!

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      October 5, 2011 9:55 AM

      But... must you already have a subscription with a current content provider? This is how ESPN3 works. It was my understanding that an existing subscription would be required.

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        October 5, 2011 9:59 AM

        Which...makes me wonder why this is a big deal. Or even a major announcement.

        If you have to already subscribe to those services, what difference does it make if you use your Xbox or your set top box? Or maybe it's just the HBO Go thing, which is kind of redundant anyway, where it's their version of On Demand IF you subscribe already. Although, Comcast offering Xfinity through the Xbox makes me thinkg we MAY see HBO on there anyway.

        This whole thing seems pretty confusing.

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        October 5, 2011 12:37 PM

        I have no cable TV subscription but I use ESPN3 all the time. I do however have my cable internet through COX.

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          October 5, 2011 2:10 PM

          Same here. Internet only with Comcast, but I can still access ESPN3 through my Xbox. I hope the new channels work this way as well.

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      October 5, 2011 9:58 AM

      I don't understand the appeal. You're still paying for your TV subscription and now you have to pay for Live! Gold. Is it just 'cause you can do away with the STB and save that $10/mo or something? The FiOS portion seems to specifically be live TV, while the Xfinity comment sounds like they get on-demand as well.

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        October 5, 2011 10:05 AM

        I think it's more like you have a huge On-Demand library, plus you get to use kinect gestures and voice commands to interact with it.

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          October 5, 2011 10:24 AM

          Stupid Comcast question: Is OnDemand of regular TV episodes pay-per-watch, or included in your subscription fee?

          I suspect the former, but if it were the later, and they were trying to drive people away from Hulu and similar services, I would wonder then if the bandwidth that I use to get the OnDemand is not counted towards my bandwidth cap --

          That is, I would be all over watching more stuff OnDemand if its not going to double-ding me (once to pay it, once on the bandwidth side)

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            October 5, 2011 10:47 AM

            There are both free and paid OnDemand stuff. A lot of the network TV is free.

            However, Comcast claims it depends on your area, but you are paying to have OnDemand access if you use it or not. I would guess (based on bills) it is about $15 a month but they don't tell you about it.

            Due to recent "network upgrades" in my area I just had it removed (I was bitching about price increases to customer service and they mentioned I could take it off) since I have used it all of 5 times in 8 years.

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              October 5, 2011 10:51 AM

              Wait, you can have OnDemand removed from your account and it'll cost less?

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        October 5, 2011 10:06 AM

        I think the main reason MOST blokes thing this is a big deal is because they believe that somehow they will be able to get all of this television programming "for free." I mean sure. It'll be free. But only because you already paid for it on your cable box. I guess you could use this and do away with the cable box, but as far as I can tell that is not the purpose of it. It will be nice for persons who, perhaps, use an XBox 360 in a room which they do not have a cablx box. This way they'll gain some television that they wouldn't have otherwise; if they were to have an outlet installed there for cable TV, they would incur an additional fee, but home networking that you set up yourself is obviously done on your own.

        I'm interested because I moved to TiVo a couple years ago, and the VOD service with Comcast is still not available for the TiVo Premiere, so I'll be gaining something that I lost until Comcast/TiVo get their act together. There is just no way anyone is going to get all of this TV without paying a television provider though.

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          October 5, 2011 10:17 AM

          My 360 is connected to a 58" 3d Plasma that has no cable box, so this is perfect for me.

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            October 5, 2011 10:33 AM

            It sure is, if you plan on paying a cable tv subscription--the missing element that many a forumgoer is in glee at the prospect of not paying here.

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              October 5, 2011 11:26 AM

              We already have pretty much the full package. I think the only thing we don't have is porn and Starz because who the fuck needs Starz?

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        October 5, 2011 10:27 AM

        sounds really pointless to me but I have free on-demand on cable. I can't imagine why any cable company would want to do it through an xbox but not built in unless they're kinda retarded about building their own setup for it.

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      October 5, 2011 10:09 AM

      Will the 360 be able to serve as a DVR? That would be the only point I could see to this, because then I could save some money by not renting the damn FiOS DVR every month.

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        October 5, 2011 10:13 AM

        yeah, this is really the only thing that would entice me to get a Gold account again

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          October 5, 2011 11:09 AM

          really? Thats the ONLY things to entice you to spend 5 dollars a month on gold?

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        October 5, 2011 10:27 AM

        You really want your 360's hardware tied up with recording when you want to play something demanding? Without a new hardware release, DVR aren't feasible. The 360 is prepared to be a streaming terminal, or download+play HTPC; definitely not a DVR.

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      October 5, 2011 10:41 AM

      I asked this in Mancides thread, but I can't seem to figure out how one gets access to this content. Do you just have to have Live Gold or Live Gold + a certain ISP, or pay an extra $100 a year + Live Gold?

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        October 7, 2011 12:11 PM

        The only thing they have said so far is HBOGo will require Gold, as well as the Bravo app.

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      October 5, 2011 10:44 AM

      Windows Media Center + 360 as an extender has been doing this for years. Meh.

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        October 5, 2011 10:45 AM

        Although, if I can get the OnDemand stuff via this, that's pretty cool.

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      October 5, 2011 11:00 AM

      Meh, I live in the boonies...no cable for miles.

      Besides, I love my DirecTV

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      October 5, 2011 11:10 AM

      now I can chip into my friends cable account and use the 360 as one of his xfinity devices, cool, now I sort of have cable

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      October 5, 2011 12:20 PM

      This is kinda a big deal because basically the Xbox is able to do things you would most likely need a couple of boxes to do. I think universal search through Bing search could be big.

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      October 5, 2011 1:59 PM

      I'd be excited about this if you could sign up for it without being a current customer and paying for cable TV (I only have cable internet, not the actual tv programming).

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      October 5, 2011 2:18 PM

      now if only Verizon would provide FIOS to my Comcast monopolized area...

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      October 5, 2011 6:08 PM

      As far as I understand it, this is good for two reasons. Being able to watch TV through your 360 without needing a cable box (which isn't that great when you consider you'll be losing DVR featuers), and being able to use Xbox Live while watching TV (kind of cool)

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      October 5, 2011 10:52 PM

      Nope, don't give a fuck. The vast majority of the 360's dashboard features never make it outside the US.

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        October 5, 2011 10:52 PM

        To be fair, you live in a backwards hellhole.

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          October 5, 2011 10:56 PM

          OH WAIT! They're bringing it here! WITH THREE CHANNELS. Two of them I can already get on an iPhone, iPad, smart TV or web browser. The fuck is Crackle?

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