Xbox TV shows to begin early 2014

Microsoft entertainment president Nancy Tellem says they hope to kick off their first original series on Xbox Live either in the second quarter of 2014 at the latest.

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Microsoft's plans to make the Xbox platform a destination for original TV shows will finally kick off early next year. The first round of series will include the Halo series produced by Steven Spielberg, among others. The shows will be available on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

"We're hoping we will be able to put something up in the first quarter, at minimum second quarter," entertainment president Nancy Tellem told Variety. She says that despite the large Xbox userbase, it's been difficult to explain to TV executives just what to think of original programming on a game console.

"We aren't Netflix, we aren't Amazon, we're a different animal," she said. “We're neither or we're a little like them. It all depends. The lack of black and white and this is the template and this is what we're following is very difficult."

Halo is the headline series, but we've also heard reports that Microsoft was looking to revive Heroes or create a soccer series. The original programming is also said to have an interactive component, to take advantage of the platform.

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    December 16, 2013 7:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Xbox TV shows to begin early 2014.

    Microsoft entertainment president Nancy Tellem says they hope to kick off their first original series on Xbox Live either in the second quarter of 2014 at the latest.

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      December 16, 2013 7:29 AM

      "We're hoping to have something up in the first quarter." Wow, that's far less aggressive than their May 2013 message of "Television! Television! Television!"

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        December 16, 2013 1:50 PM

        I don't think they ever gave a date for the original programming in May.

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      December 16, 2013 1:19 PM

      If they brought back Tech TV even I would consider getting XBL Gold.

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        December 16, 2013 1:50 PM

        Just bring back the original screen savers, sans Kevin Rose.