Xbox Live TV to Launch "By Christmas"

Xbox Live TV to Launch "By Christmas"

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Microsoft's CEO says that American customers can expect both live TV and on-demand video from their Xboxes this holiday season.

In a demonstration to Microsoft's financial analysts, company CEO Steve Ballmer revealed that US Xbox Live customers should be able to watch live television and access on-demand video via their consoles by Christmas. Customers in the UK, France and Australia already enjoy a similar service that allows them to watch satellite TV via their consoles without any messy cables.

Speaking in Anaheim, Ballmer led a short demonstration of the new platform before adding that the service's biggest strength, in his opinion, lies in the Xbox's user interface. "Certainly we all know the frustrations of using guides and menus and controllers," he said. "We think a better way to do all of this is simply to bring Bing and voice to Xbox. You say it, Xbox finds it."

He also added that Xbox Live's large user base could add a social element to proceedings, saying that the project's "vision" is "[having] any entertainment you want with all the people you care about, really simply and on any screen."

Financial analysts are split over the announcement, with some confidently saying that the platform's voice and motion controls will give it the edge over similar services. Others worry that without a recommendations service or anything else to make Xbox TV seem more attractive than regular TV, the service will simply sink into the same hole as other companies' attempts to launch similar services.

One thing that most seem to agree on, however, is that Xbox Live's 35 million strong user count creates an especially strong install base for the project. Being able to watch live TV without having to involve myself with cables and dishes definitely sounds good, as does the prospect of being able to shout at my TV to get it to find things (because really, remote controls are so 2010), but we'll have to wait and see if Microsoft are planning to add any more features to the platform to make it worthwhile.

Source: CNN, via Eurogamer

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And Germany gets left out again.

I was seriously fed up of Microsoft giving us NOTHING, literally NOTHING in terms of "bonuses" that come with subscribing to xbox live. Good thing I havent had a gold account in two years, nothing has happened since me quitting that makes me regret that decision.

Yup Holland doesn't exist on Microsoft's radar either. Didn't even get the xbox live indie games...

Doesn't PS3 already have this?
Anyway, i expect that'll you have to pay extra for this?
Plus Europe is seemingly left out...

Financial analysts are split over the announcement, with some confidently saying that the platform's voice and motion controls will give it the edge over similar services.

Yes, because flailing your arms like a maniac and having a computer mis-interpret everyword you say is something that really 'gives it that edge'.

Wish Microsoft would stop trying to shoehorn motion controls into EVERYTHING that they do...

So, does that mean only America gets it?

Sizzle Montyjing:
Doesn't PS3 already have this?
Anyway, i expect that'll you have to pay extra for this?

I really doubt it, your service is directly tied to your cable provider and what cable package you have already.

I really don't get the point of this besides the whole "voice command" thing. With one click of a button, I'm already able to watch the cable I'm paying for, while having a much better interface.

Sizzle Montyjing:
Doesn't PS3 already have this?
Anyway, i expect that'll you have to pay extra for this?
Plus Europe is seemingly left out...

Financial analysts are split over the announcement, with some confidently saying that the platform's voice and motion controls will give it the edge over similar services.

Yes, because flailing your arms like a maniac and having a computer mis-interpret everyword you say is something that really 'gives it that edge'.

Wish Microsoft would stop trying to shoehorn motion controls into EVERYTHING that they do...

If they use the same software that they have on the WP7 phones for the voice control, then it will actually be pretty good. I use the voice search on bing all the time, and I'd say it's accurate about 90% of the time in understanding me, even while driving with the window down.

I don't have an Xbox at the moment. But I'm contemplating selling my PS3 and buying one. This would be nice to have. I'd probably already have one if the Xbox multiplayer capabilities were free.

 

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