Microsoft Reportedly Considering Xbox TV Channel For Xbox LIVE Users

Microsoft Reportedly Considering Xbox TV Channel For Xbox LIVE Users

Are game consoles the next set-top box? Five years ago, no one would've ever believed that the Nintendo 64 or PlayStation 2 could ever become someone's primary source of in-home entertainment, but now, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 definitely have that capability. Between the two, users can watch DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, Web programming, movies, TV shows and of course, play games. That's an awful lot of entertainment, but more could be on the way for Microsoft's console.

In a never-ending bid to one-up "the other guy," Microsoft is reportedly talking behind the scenes of boosting the Xbox LIVE offering with a dedicated Xbox TV channel that would provide some original content and some reruns. Details are scant right now, as Microsoft has yet to officially say these talks are legitimate. So at this point, there's no telling what kind of content would show up, but given just how diverse the Xbox consumer sector is, there's plenty of room to mix things up.



The new TV channel would be available exclusively to Xbox 360 owners and Xbox LIVE users, and according to reports, it would be jointly owned by Microsoft and former News Corp. president Peter Chernin. If the channel goes through, users may be faced with a $1 to $2 increase per month in order to finance the channel and the content creation. The deal makes a lot of sense when you look at how content delivery is trending. Fewer physical discs are being printer, and more content is being distributed over the Internet. Users already flip on their Xbox 360 in order to download movies from Xbox Video Store and watch Netflix, so why not give them the option to watch a dedicated Xbox channel? It may even make PS3 loyalists envious. Now wouldn't that be something?
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"Between the two, users can watch DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, Web programming, movies, TV shows and of course, play games."

You made it sound like the Xbox 360 brought something to the table that the PS3 doesn't have. The PS3 can do all of those things while the XBox 360 can't.

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Of course the PS3 can Do...Everything!

I really don't see the need for a dedicated channel on the X-Box if you already have the capability to stream from places like Hulu. Unless, unlike Hulu you will be providing the upper cable channels? The all in one solutions combined into a gaming console is a perfect solution. It is going to prove to be very interesting over the next few years to see who comes out on top in the whole content provider market. I am betting on the cell phone companies.

I am sure pretty soon we will all look back at these ideas just the way we look back at the HD-DVD's :P

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>> I really don't see the need for a dedicated channel on the X-Box

Then you haven't seen their show lineup!:

6:00 Red Ring of Death

7:00 Red Ring of Death

8:00 Red Ring of Death

9:00 Red Ring of Death

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^ROFL!!!

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Wow, there's a lot of Xbox 360 hate, that I wasn't aware of on these forums. Let them bring a TV channel. What makes this an interesting move is that it could start to pose an interesting threat to TV service in general. That is if it works and is successful. You guys should be thankful that there is at least a console war going on. The PS3 would be garbage without the 360 as an opponent. Imagine just the Wi and the PS3, yeah that would give us 2 utterly garbage offerings. At least someone is trying to do some 1 upping in the market. The only thing the PS3 has on the xbox is the blu-ray support and the web, but come on who wants the web on a controller. It absolutely blows on the PSP. My web browsing is for my computer, my gaming is split between the PC and the xbox. Serves me very well and I could care less about Blu-ray support. I wouldn't be surprised if the xbox can't get a Blu-ray player because of some exclusivity rights for the PS3.

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Wow, You keep saying there is a lot of hate for everything?

Whether it is Hulu, PS3, or the XBox, I think you are confusing constructive criticism for hate.  WE all love our tech and just want to see the most be made of it, if we are to spend our money on it. If they want to put Hulu on everything and charge for it, then at lest charge for things like the upper cable channels so we would be paying for things like South Park and such.  If XBox wants to stay competitive, then upgrade to a BD player if for the least development of BD games. Then make sure we don't get the Red Ring:) If not, then why not just stay with a PC rig. It's not hate, just hopeful concerns piled for our next purchase.

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I own them all. I can't speak for the others, but I don't dislike the 360 any more than I dislike the PS3:

Both XBox systems that Microsoft has released have had first generation hardware issues that have resulted in dead consoles. Shame on me, but I've been bit twice, and won't be buying the next one. I also have some bones to pick with the DRM in the downloaded games and the hassle it caused me because the replacement system has a different serial number - I would expect them to be familiar with the problems they're causing end users and to have fixed them without the need for tech support calls.

Sony also seriously lost my trust when they went retroactively removing OtherOS support in the PS3. I only bought that system as a geek toy, and that feature weighed heavily into my decision. It will be a cold day in hell before I buy another PlayStation product - I guess I should never have given them a second chance after they put root-kits on their audio CDs; they obviously believe their business models take precedence over consumer rights.

As for Blu-ray support, there's nothing to really stop Microsoft from adding it via an external drive but they're extremely unlikely to do that. They spent millions trying to tank the format (and by association the PS3) by putting everything they had behind HD-DVD. As I understand it, they are a little bitter and didn't even license the codecs for inclusion in Win7. They probably plan to get everyone to move straight to DRM protected digital streaming/downloads.

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