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Bing search will be used to search content in the various apps, and those with Kinect can do so by using their voice

Microsoft will launch a major Xbox Live update this holiday season that lumps video games, TV shows, movies, music and sports all into a new group of applications that can be controlled by your voice.

Microsoft has reached agreements with over 40 media firms to bring live and on-demand movies and television content for the Xbox 360 console. Users must have an Xbox Live Gold membership in order to access this content.

The Xbox 360 update will switch from the Xbox's traditional interface to the new tile-based, Metro look that is very similar to that of Windows Phone 7. The tiles will represent different available applications.

Speaking of Windows Phone, those with the device can use the free Xbox Companion app to find this content on-the-go.

Microsoft will be using its Bing search engine to allow Xbox 360 users to search any content found within the applications. For those with Kinect, content can be searched using voice control.

"A new era in entertainment begins where all your entertainment is together in one place — your games, movies, TV shows, music and sports,” said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “With this update, Xbox 360 system owners will experience Kinect voice control integrated with Bing search, making your TV and entertainment experiences more social and personal than ever."

The update will start rolling out tomorrow and continue introducing new apps into early 2012 throughout several different countries. The following is a list of content providers and the dates in which they will be available on Xbox Live:

December 6

Hulu Plus
Premium Play by (MediaSet)
Sky Go (SkyDE)
Telefónica España - Movistar Imagenio

Later in December

4 on Demand (C4)
ABC iView (Australia Broadcasting Corp.)
Astral Media's Disney XD (Astral Media)
blinkbox (Blinkbox)
Crackle (Sony Pictures)
Demand 5 (Five)
GolTV (Mediapro)
iHeartRadio (Clear Channel)
Mediathek/ZDF (ZDF)
Real Sports (Maple Leaf Sports)
Rogers On Demand Online (Rogers Media)
Sky Go (SkyDE)
TMZ (Warner Bros.)
UFC on Xbox Live (UFC)
Verizon FiOS TV
Vudu (Wal-Mart)

Early 2012

Antena 3 (Antena 3 de Televisión)
CinemaNow (Best Buy)
Telenovelas/Sports (Televisa)
Xfinity on Demand (Comcast)

“Microsoft has just built and delivered it: A single box that ties together all the content you want, made easily accessible through a universal, natural, voice-directed search. This is now the benchmark against which all other living room initiatives should be compared,” said James McQuivey of Forrester Research.

Source: Microsoft

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By The Raven on 12/5/2011 11:06:06 AM , Rating: 2
Wow, so MS has decided to support just about everything...except BD.

RE: Bluray
By Da W on 12/5/2011 11:19:49 AM , Rating: 2
They can't, Sony won't let them. You need a HTPC for that.

RE: Bluray
By SHIND0 HIKARU on 12/5/2011 1:24:18 PM , Rating: 2
Sony licences the use of blu-ray technology to about anyone. HTCP is a hardware/software based security created by Intel with many joint companies. Please research and know the technologies before posting.

RE: Bluray
By Da W on 12/5/2011 2:07:14 PM , Rating: 2
Xbox is a direct competitor to PS3. You don't trade your starting QB to an adversary in the same division. Please do your research.
Media Center doesn't have it either. Why, do you think?

RE: Bluray
By Iaiken on 12/5/2011 2:30:52 PM , Rating: 2
Why, do you think?

Because MS refused to sign a licensing agreement with the blu ray consortium?

RE: Bluray
By Da W on 12/5/2011 3:26:23 PM , Rating: 2
What price do you think they asked for? A fair price?

RE: Bluray
By SHIND0 HIKARU on 12/9/2011 4:52:50 PM , Rating: 2
If you do actually research you will know that Blu ray Disc consortium oversees, develops and licenses Blu-ray Disc technology. It is made up of 2 groups (Contributors and Doard of Directors). The consortium was started by MIT and other companies (if i remember 9).

Blue-Ray technology is born from the efforts of Sony and two other companies altou they made two groups (Sony and Pioneer) and (Sony and Phillips).

RE: Bluray
By nocturne_81 on 12/5/2011 5:55:52 PM , Rating: 2
HTPC..? HTCP..? Seriously?

What does a Home Theater Personal Computer or the HyperText Caching Protocol have to do with bluray? If you meant HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), you are half right -- though still totally wrong.. HDCP is not required for Bluray, though content producers may require it on the discs themselves. And guess what -- xbox 360 (obviously) supports HDCP.

To quote yourself:
Please research and know the technologies before posting.

RE: Bluray
By SHIND0 HIKARU on 12/9/2011 5:00:58 PM , Rating: 2
I mis-typed my comment regarding HTPC and HDCP. Both are totally diffent subjects let alone Technoloies. HTPC was born from Personal Computers and Video/Audio functionality (by the way PC's can have Blu-Ray Drives). The medium was tuner cards. But since the introduction of HDCP based hardware tuner cards died out, althou their is more to it then that.

RE: Bluray
By The Raven on 12/5/2011 1:32:19 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I'm not so sure about that. I read it first that MS said that there is no DESIRE to add a BD drive on the Xbox. They are all about streaming. THey say that there is no need for phyical discs in this day and age...except gaming lol. (So now BF3 has a separate disc for textures? WTF?)

Where did you read that Sony won't let them? Everyone else is doing it...even Toshiba. I'm going to go ahead and say that is false.

RE: Bluray
By jabber on 12/6/2011 10:20:46 AM , Rating: 2
Well they could get away with not putting a BD in the next Xbox.


They could re-use HD-DVD as a custom optical disk format for it. It's just sitting there ready to go.

RE: Bluray
By schmizz on 12/6/2011 6:32:39 PM , Rating: 2
So let me get this straight? Sony won't license Blu-Ray to Microsoft, because they are a direct competitor. Yet they will pay Microsoft for the right to use Dualshock technology in their controllers and they will allow Microsoft to license Crackle for Xbox Live. Something here doesn't make sense & as Judge Judy says,"If it doesn't make sense, its not true!"

Microsoft is still pissed HD DVD failed and doesn't want to admit they were wrong. It's an issue of pride, plain and simple.

RE: Bluray
By SHIND0 HIKARU on 12/9/2011 5:10:53 PM , Rating: 2
Blue-Ray also adds and in some part requires the Microsoft's VC-1 Video Codec Compression as well. Several Board Memebers of the Blu-ray Disc Association were memebrs and leading members of the HD-DVD Promotion Group.

RE: Bluray
By SHIND0 HIKARU on 12/9/2011 8:26:15 PM , Rating: 2
Xbox vibration based controler is from Nintendo Rumble Pak not Dual Shock and Microsoft partnered with Crackle a
subsidiary company of Sony and therfor legally seprate.

By Raiders12 on 12/5/2011 10:31:40 AM , Rating: 2
I've been onboard with Live since its inception way back, and it is definitely worth the subscription price they charge now adays. Microsoft has done a great job rolling out updates and enhancing the XBL interface and capability. I may just extend my Gold service for a year!

RE: Excellent
By The Raven on 12/5/2011 11:03:43 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah that is until they decide that whether or not you want all of this crap, you will have to pay for it a la increasing XBL fees.

No thanks. My BD player has it all (and more) in the living room and my Roku has it all in the bedroom. Plus the Roku only pulls 2 watts compared to the Xbox's 60+. The BD player is probably around 15ish.

I like XBL but I wish there would be less emphasis on turning this into an "everything (but BD ;-) device" and more on making it do the things it does better. Have you ever tried to navigate your network music? Horrendous! They haven't improved that since the thing has been out. Also the it is nice that Zune can stream stuff instantly, but how about some love on the interface. I hate that I have to boot that thing up every time I want to watch a locally stored video. And how do I get rid of all the crap I have watched. Yes I watched a preview of Underdog back in 2007. Why do I have to be reminded of that every time I look through my videos?

So if you want to make YOUR device more marketable go ahead and bring on the apps, but please please don't use this as an excuse to increase our XBL fees like last time around MS. I get this stuff for free on other devices.

RE: Excellent
By Da W on 12/5/2011 11:23:03 AM , Rating: 2
Which is why you can do all this and play most good Xbox games with an HTPC, have a blue ray drive and have everything else just better.
Got to pay a heavier up-front cost though.

RE: Excellent
By Iaiken on 12/5/2011 11:47:07 AM , Rating: 3
Once I was able to get my PS3 controllers & remote working with my PC over BT and a TV that could receive streaming directly over Wi-Fi that was basically the end of my PS3 as a media device.

My media server lives in a ventilated closet with three hacked BT-USB2 dongles sticking out of it. When I press the PS button on a paired PS3 controller or any button on my PS3 remote, the media server wakes up and sends a UPnP signal over Wi-Fi to the TV/Receiver to turn on.

As soon as the TV is fully on, I see the windows media sever menu (you could basically set up any media server you like this way) being streamed from the media PC. I can start browsing using the PS3 controller/remote and then kick off a new stream.

I am working on streaming the desktop and adding a BT mouse/kb into the mix, but Windows is being decidedly unhelpful in this regard.

Regardless, it's just a matter of time before this sort of setup (or something more advanced) becomes the norm.

Nice start but...
By Demmue on 12/5/2011 10:24:08 AM , Rating: 2
I still don't see Amazon Streaming Video which is a shame.

RE: Nice start but...
By martyrant on 12/5/2011 12:30:44 PM , Rating: 2
I second this. It would be nice to get Amazon's solution worked into a player.

RE: Nice start but...
By Demmue on 12/5/2011 2:32:16 PM , Rating: 2
I was holding out for these annoucnements because I'm on the verge of buying another Blu-Ray player so I can watch all my free Amazon Prime streaming shows/movies. I guess I need to plunk down the $100 after all. Like a said, it's a shame...

By quiksilvr on 12/5/2011 10:16:42 AM , Rating: 2

By The Raven on 12/5/2011 11:04:25 AM , Rating: 3
You must be new to Xbox lol

"I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For [Paramount] to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" -- Movie Director Michael Bay

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