The Xbox to Become the XCableBox?Microsoft has recently announced an Xbox Live dashboard update worldwide from now through 2012 that integrates many TV channels, video on demand and cloud services.
In the USA, additional access and new integration includes the likes of Hulu Plus, iHeartRadio, Today (MSNBC), EPIX, MLB.TV, HBO GO and ESPN in addition to already available services like Netflix and Zune among many others. Verizon Fios Subscribers will be able to integrate 26 channels into their Xbox 360 including Hd channels like BET, Cinemax, CNN, Comedy Central, ESPNews, Food Network, HBO 2, HBO, HGTV, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike, TBS, TNT, Travel Channel, truTV, and VH1.
UK users will receive major upgrades with the addition of BBC iPlayer, Blinkbox, Demand 5, and 4oD.
Similar services are being released in Canada including Rogers on Demand, Real Sports/LeafsTV, and DisneyXD.
Crackle from Sony will also become available in Australia , Canada, the UK and the USA through the Xbox360.
Geekenizer adds the following huge worldwide list as well:
“Within December, you’ll be able to use Xbox Live to watch … ABC iView (Australian Broadcasting Corp.); AlloCiné. France (AlloCiné); Germany (Filmstarts); Spain (Sensacine); United Kingdom (Screenrush); Blinkbox in the U.K.; Crackle (Sony Pictures) in Australia, Canada, U.K. and the U.S.; Dailymotion in 32 countries; iHeartRadio (Clear Channel) in the U.S.; Mediathek/ZDF (ZDF) in Germany; MSN om Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and the U.K.; MUZU.TV in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K.; Ninemsn in Australia; TMZ (Warner Bros.) in Canada and the U.S.; TVE (RTVE.es) in Spain; UFC on Xbox LIVE (UFC) in the U.S. and Canada;… and YouTube in 24 countries.
In early 2012, the new services include Antena 3 (Antena 3 de Televisión); BBC (BBC); CinemaNow (Best Buy); DIGI+ (CANAL+) in Spain; GolTV (Mediapro) in Spain; HBO GO (HBO); MLB.TV (MLB Advanced Media); Telenovelas/Sports (Televisa); and Xfinity on Demand (Comcast).”
Microsoft is quickly making the Xbox360 the centerpiece of home entrainment systems worldwide, trying to maximize its capabilities/compatibilities while creating an integrated one stop shop for streaming digital music and videos services worldwide.
No More Lost Remotes!
In a move that will have people waving their hands and yelling at their TVs even more, you’ll soon be able to navigate through music, movies, TV shows and games with the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice using your Xbox360.
This news comes from many sources including a Washington Post report of a recent Microsoft demo for the Associated Press.
Of course the hand motion channel changing will require the Xbox Kinect and its highly intelligent motion sensing and recognition technology. Setting this up for your family could be make quite an interesting and hilarious holiday gift!
Prepping for the Cable Box of the Future
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A new FlashRouter can simply be setup with a VPN service in case you want to take your streaming media on vacation or if you have to relocate to another country for business but can’t take your cable service with you. A VPN subscription will allow you to view content normally unavailable in your area from just about anywhere in the world. Forget boundary limits and enjoy the content that you deserve access to!