Xbox Dashboard Update Launches Tomorrow

on December 5, 2011 7:00 PM

Three years ago, Microsoft shook things up when it introduced the New Xbox Experience, a dashboard update that removed the old blades menu interface and replaced it with the browser we know today. Well, a more substantial update will hit the console tomorrow, adding, among other things, Bing search and a firmware update that will allow the Xbox 360 to act as a receiver for cable services.

An Xbox companion app for the Windows Phone 7 will also launch tomorrow, which will allow users to control remote content on their 360 consoles. From the sounds of it, not only will it allow you to check your Xbox LIVE stats anywhere through your phone, but the app will also be able to act as a sort of remote control for your console. Major Nelson has uploaded a decent set of photos to his Flickr account.

Check the jump for the full list of apps available starting tomorrow and at a future date, courtesy of Major Nelson’s blog.

Apps available upon download by region:

North America
Netflix
EPIX [US]
TODAY (MSNBC) [US]
Hulu Plus [US]
ESPN on Xbox LIVE [US]

Europe
Telefónica España – Movistar Imagenio [Spain]
LOVEFiLM [UK]
Premium Play [Italy]
Sky Go [Austria, Germany]

Japan
Hulu

Apps available later this month by region:

North America
MSN
UFC on Xbox LIVE
VEVO
Crackle
TMZ
MSNBC.com [US]
iHeart Radio [US]
Vudu [US]
Verizon FiOS [US]
Disney XD [Canada]
Real Sports [Canada]
Rogers On Demand Online [Canada]

Europe
4 on Demand [UK]
Demand 5 [UK]
Blinkbox [UK]
Crackle [UK]
Vevo [UK, Ireland]
MSN [France, Germany, Italy, UK]
MUZU.TV [Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK]
GolTV [Spain]
DIGI+ [Spain]
TVE [Spain]
Mediathek/ZDF [Germany]
AlloCiné Network: France (AlloCiné), Germany (Filmstarts), Spain (Sensacine), United Kingdom (Screenrush)

Australia
ABC iView
ninemsn
SBS ON DEMAND

Other
DailyMotion [32 countries]
YouTube [24 countries]
(Australian Broadcasting Corp.). Australia

Apps with an “Early 2012” release

Antena 3[Spain]
BBC [UK]
CinemaNow [US]
HBO GO [US]
Comcast Xfinity On Demand [US](
Televisa Telenovelas/ Sports [Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom ]
MLB.TV [ Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States]

So what do you think of the lineup? Let us know how that Windows Phone 7 app works if you’ve got one. Personally I’m a bit upset the Telenovelas channel isn’t coming stateside. Why? I have my reasons …

 /  Staff Writer
Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.