Microsoft Corp. has rolled out the new dashboard for its Xbox 360 console, bringing mainstream television programming to millions of Canadian Xbox owners.
The company, which has partnered with cable providers in other countries, announced Monday that the Rogers on Demand service, LeafsTV and DisneyXD will all be offering TV content to viewers through the Xbox 360 gaming console.
The initiative is another push by Microsoft to make the Xbox gaming console the heart of entertainment systems. The console has allowed users to play video games and DVDs since it was initially released in 2005.
It was updated early on to allow users to play music and movies stored on a nearby computer. In more recent years, Microsoft has added Facebook connectivity, Netflix and Internet radio to be streamed over the device. The announcement marks the first time the console has streamed TV shows from major networks and providers into the living rooms of Canadian consumers.
"It's been a passion in terms of how we've been evolving the Xbox platform," said Glenn Purkis, Microsoft Canada Xbox Live manager.
"It's about bringing it all into place."
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They still don't have a date for this, I'm hoping this month.
An XBOX Live Gold Membership costs like $60-$70 a year. I get it so I can do online gaming (Battlefield 3 is Fantastic). You can always buy content on Live but it has this ridiculous points system (With set levels) that makes you pre-pay for points instead of buying the products you want. (Like iTunes) You can currently buy current shows onDemand but it's pricey, similar to Apple TV.
But if you can get Rogers onDemand included with your Live membership, it'll be very difficult to justify your cable bill. Granted the bandwidth will be pricey. Also nothing can really compete with The Movie Network (at $19/month) unless you're a thief.
If Bubber Miley was pissed about DVRs then he must be really pissed about this.
They also say their offering a free movie service. This might mean Netflix is now useless to me. I'm very curious to see what these changes will mean for getting content.
Edited by Boges, 06 December 2011 - 10:35 AM.