True IPTV over Xbox LIVE has been promised for what seems like forever, and while a handful of experiences have made their way to the 360 in recent years (AT&T U-Verse; Sky TV; Canal+; FOXTEL, etc.), Microsoft’s planned vision hasn’t really come into focus quite yet.
But that all changes this holiday season, as the live/streaming/on-demand TV service announced back at E3 becomes reality. The subject of rumor and speculation these past few months, today brought the news of exactly who’s partnering to bring their content to Xbox LIVE in all regions.
Take a look at the confirmed list of TV service, entertainment and web content providers whose wares will be popping up on your Xbox 360 consoles before the end of the year, and featuring integration with Kinect and the upcoming Bing search. (Note: we’ve removed some of the ones noted as existing partners, to make the list cleaner):
• ABC iView – Australia
• AlloCiné – France, Germany, Spain, U.K.
• Antena 3 – Spain
• Astral Media’s Disney XD – Canada
• BBC – U.K.
• blinkbox – U.K.
• Bravo – U.S.
• Canal+* – France, Spain
• Channel 4 – U.K.
• Channel 5 – U.K.
• CinemaNow (Best Buy) – U.S.
• Comcast – U.S.
• Crackle – Australia, Canada, U.K., U.S.
• Dailymotion – Available in 32 markets
• EPIX – U.S.
• GolTV – Spain
• HBO GO – U.S.
• Hulu – Japan
• iHeartRadio (Clear Channel) – U.S.
• LOVEFiLM – Germany, U.K.
• Manga Entertainment – U.S.
• Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment/Real Sports – Canada
• Mediaset – Italy
• MSN with MSNBC.com – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, U.K.
• MUZU.TV – France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K.
• Rogers On Demand Online (RODO) – Canada
• RTVE – Spain
• SBS On Demand – Australia
• Syfy – U.S.
• Telefonica – Spain
• Televisa – Mexico
• “The Today Show” – U.S.
• TMZ – U.S.
• UFC – Canada, U.S.
• Verizon – U.S.
• VEVO – Canada, U.K., U.S.
• YouTube – Available in 22 markets
• ZDF – Germany
Obviously many of these services will require separate subscription fees on top of Xbox LIVE Gold memberships.
Additionally Verizon, as rumored, have revealed plans to let Xbox 360 substitute for a set top box for FiOS TV members. The company will let FiOS users view a “selection of popular live TV channels” on the console. Says Eric Bruno, VP of consumer and mass business product management for Verizon: “FiOS TV on the Xbox 360 is an excellent example of how we’re working with market leaders to erase old technology borders to expand the FiOS TV experience and taking advantage of unique new features including voice- and gesture-control of live TV entertainment via Kinect. This holiday, Verizon will bring a selection of popular live TV channels to Xbox 360 and will be a leader in delivering live, multichannel streaming HD TV, integrated with Kinect, via Xbox.”
The fall dashboard update which is slated to add Xbox 360’s TV feature will be undergoing a preview program, expected to be announced and kick off in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more on that, as well as further details on all of the above television content leading up to launch.