ESPN Headed to the 360? (Maybe)

January 19, 2010

It seems that recently Microsoft and Disney have been in “in-depth talks” about securing some kind of deal to bring ESPN streaming to the Xbox 360. The service, which has already spent some time on the PC for about a year now, is already aptly branded as ESPN 360 and it provides live streams of sporting events.

“Executives at Microsoft are fond of saying that its subscription gaming service, Xbox Live, should be thought of as a cable channel.”

This new service however, would come with an additional subscription based fee. I’m not exactly sure how that will fair with customers as there are plenty of people who cry foul because Netflix streaming is only available on the 360 to those who pay for Xbox Live Gold subscriptions. Same goes for access to Twitter, Facebook, and Last.Fm. All of which are free (or require no additional costs) on your home PC or laptop. These talks are just that, talks; in other words the “deal is not imminent”. I am sorry but I just do not see myself paying for a service, that I am already paying for (basic cable) just so I don’t have to change inputs on my TV to watch it. I’m not that lazy.

[New York Times]

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