Xbox video marketplace updated

28 03 2007

As Microsoft launched a new version of the Xbox 360 today with a larger hard drive (and somehow made the price of the PS3 seem a lot more reasonable), they also gave users more TV and movies to fill it up with. Added to the list of existing 360 content for US users are shows like Dog the Bounty hunter, Criss Angel Mindfreak and Gene Simmons Family Jewels, along with some National Geographic documentaries. Riveting stuff I’m sure you will agree. High-def TV cost $3 an ep, standard definition $2.

I understand it’s very easy for anyone in the world to open a US account, but when are Microsoft UK going to pull their finger out and start offering some sort of programming to UK 360 users? Hell, I would take some old school comedy right now, just to know that deals were being put in place. wait, no I wouldn’t. In fact, I don’t even own a 360, but I do need more High-def content for my LCD, and if it were available in the UK through the 360 I would certainly consider buying one.

TV is doomed…

1 02 2007

… in its current form. Had you worried there for a minute didn’t I? So says Outgoing Microsoft chief cheese Bill Gates, but more tellingly, a survey conducted by Harris Interactive for Youtube.

Two entities with differing agendas offering up the same opinion. One of the key quotes from the Bill Gates article is actually a statement from Reuters, I don’t know where their research came from. Read the rest of this entry »

Xbox IPTV update

8 01 2007

Following on from this post, Bill Gates did announce a TV service for Xbox 360 last night/this morning, depending on where you are.

Click here for a video demo of the service. I must say the service looks fantastic, but I’m not sure it’s something that will launch in the UK anytime soon.

IPTV for the Xbox 360?

7 01 2007

I was looking at my blog stats for the last couple of days, and I noticed a fair number of people end up here after searching for “Xbox streaming” or TV streaming xbox”, or any combination of the above.

First of all, I thought that these people were just latecomers to the parade that was the unveiling of the Xbox live TV/Movie download service, that started a couple of months ago.

But I was looking at Digg tonight and I noticed that apparently some blogger leaked details of Bill Gates Keynote speech at the start of CES tomorrow, and that one of the things he may announce is the start of an IPTV service, with the Xbox 360 as the platform.

What is IPTV, you might ask? Well Wikipedia explains it better than I can, but it’s basically a digital TV that streams over the “interweb”, as opposed to using an aerial or a dish, to get a signal into your “telly box”. Sounds great, as long as the people who make programs are on board.

Now William’s speech is in Vegas on Sunday night, which is bedtime for me in London, so I’ll check it out on Monday morning, and blog my findings right here.

streaming TV to your xbox

7 11 2006

Does exactly what it says on the tin, in streaming HD quality. This along with Apples movies service, arriving in the UK on the 19th of Never. Us Brits will be watching movies cut in two by the news at 10 for a long time to come.

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