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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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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.

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