Finally, when you say “Xbox, TNT,” something might just happen. It won’t explode or anything, but instead you might catch a rerun of The Office or The Closer. A mix of channels in both high and standard definition via Verizon’s FiOS programming service have been confirmed for the Xbox 360 dashboard update.
HD offerings range from HBO, home of Game of Thrones, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Sex and the City, to Comedy Central and ESPNNews. There’s one catch: Not only do you have to subscribe to Verizon’s FiOS TV package, but your Internet must also be provided by the same service. But don’t fret if you’re a Comcast subscriber; the cable and Internet provider is still putting together its own programming package and, last we heard, it’ll launch with 40 channels. Verizon kicks off its service with 26 offerings, which you can check out in full after the jump.
Here’s the full list of channels offered by Verizon at launch:
In addition to a FiOS subscription, Xbox owners will also need Gold accounts in order to access these offerings. Verizon is also offering folks who sign up for the $90/month Triple Play service (Cable, Internet and phone) a free copy of Halo: Anniversary and a year of Xbox LIVE Gold service if they call in by Jan. 21. If you were going to do this anyway, that’s a nice pack-in, I’d say.
Personally, I’m sticking with my Comcast subscription. I don’t need a home phone and I’m interested to see if the package they offer is any different from Verizon’s. And while I won’t go out of my way to upgrade my cable package, it’d be nice if the Xbox cable service carried the channels I actually watch so I can ditch the receiver and have one less box near my TV.
Will you be subscribing to cable on your Xbox 360? You can see if the service will be available in your area here. No word yet on a solid date for service to begin.