Microsoft is pushing the Biggest update to Xbox Live ever, giving it more Love for your HD TV.
Calling it the future of TV, there’s a full revamp of Xbox 360 console dashboard. Now Xbox Live supports options for watching movies and TV. And all this can be controlled via Kinect motion and voice commands. What is also included is cloud-based access and storage for gamers, for anytime anywhere gaming.
The update will be live on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 for Xbox Live users. There are several options e.g. you can get access to 26 TV channels from Verzon’s FiOS TV services or the complete library of 10,000 On Demand movies from Comcast.
When you say “Xbox,” the Microsoft Kinect motion-sensor and voice communication system springs to live. Then you can say “Bing” to activate the Bing search function across the entire console and ask it to find anything related to the word “X-Men.” Bing will show you X-Men movie, TV or game selections. Then you can choose an option, such as Zune or Netflix, to view the selection. The Kinect system generally works better than it did with voice controls last year.
The New UI is Metro inspired and you will see those Tiles floating around.
This announcement is huge as there are 57 million Xbox 360 users and 35 million Xbox Live members.
Just like the Google TV, you can use your smartphone as the TV remote. With your Windows Phone 7, you can select the one you want to watch, and then see the movie appear on your screen as your Xbox 360 fetches the movie from the cloud and streams it to your TV set. This works with Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone.
Movies, TV shows, Live TV channels
For watching latest Movie titles, you can get it from Zune, Epix, and others. You’ll also have access to Hulu Plus, Last.fm, Netflix, Zune music and video and ESPN. TV providers include AT&T U-verse TV in the U.S., Telus in Canada, BSkyB in the U.K., CANAL+ in France, Vodafone Portugal, VimpelCom in Russia, and Foxtel in Australia.
Microsoft is rolling out the services slowly to make sure they work right. The new apps debuting on Dec. 6 are Epix in the U.S.; ESPN on Xbox Live in the U.S.; Hulu in Japan; Hulu Plus in the U.S.; Lovefilm in the United Kingdom; Premium Play by Mediaset in Italy; Netflix in the U.S.; Sky Go in Germany; and Telefónica España Movistar Imagenio in Spain.
Within December, you’ll be able to use Xbox Live to watch 4 on Demand (C4) in the U.K.; ABC iView (Australian Broadcasting Corp.); AlloCiné. France (AlloCiné); Germany (Filmstarts); Spain (Sensacine); United Kingdom (Screenrush); Astral Media’s Disney XD (Astral Media) in Canada; Blinkbox in the U.K.; Crackle (Sony Pictures) in Australia, Canada, U.K. and the U.S.; Dailymotion in 32 countries; Demand 5 (Five) in the U.K.; iHeartRadio (Clear Channel) in the U.S.; Mediathek/ZDF (ZDF) in Germany; MSN om Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and the U.K.; MSNBC.com in the U.S.; MUZU.TV in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K.; Ninemsn in Australia; Real Sports (Maple Leaf Sports) in Canada; Rogers On Demand Online (Rogers Media) in Canada; SBS On Demand in Australia; TMZ (Warner Bros.) in Canada and the U.S.; Today (MSNBC) in the U.S.; TVE (RTVE.es) in Spain; UFC on Xbox LIVE (UFC) in the U.S. and Canada; Verizon FiOS TV in the U.S.; Vevo; and Vudu; 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).