Microsoft Getting Big-Name TV Providers On Board Xbox Live

“A new era in television begins this holiday where your entertainment becomes instantly searchable, easily discoverable and enjoyable in extraordinary new ways from a single device — Xbox 360.” That’s exactly how Microsoft opened their press release, announcing this slew of deals with various entertainment providers today. It makes me feel like I’m in some sort of bad sci-fi universe 100 years in the future, having some big corporation announce that the newest form of visual optical implants can do all these things, and trying to sell it to the already over-saturated populous.

But, anyway, my fantasies aside, let’s move on. These deals are with some huge names in the entertainment business, like AT&T, HBO, SyFy, BBC, etc. Not only are they going to be providing instant, streaming, on-demand content for this country, but they also have teamed up with providers in various countries around the globe. What this means is that your Xbox 360 will soon become Skynet and take over the world…or, you’ll just have an awesome device for on-demand, live streaming that isn’t Hulu or Netflix (both of which do not stream truly live TV, anyway).

So, get set for some big things that aren’t even necessarily game-related coming to your Xbox 360, especially if you’re a fan of as many TV shows as I am. Perhaps before long cable boxes will be obsolete, eh? After the break, you’ll find a gigantic list of all the total partners Microsoft has brought on board to date, including the new ones.

· ABC iView – Australia
· AlloCiné – France, Germany, Spain, U.K.
· Antena 3 – Spain
· Astral Media’s Disney XD – Canada
· AT&T** – U.S.
· BBC – U.K.
· blinkbox – U.K.
· Bravo – U.S.
· BSkyB** – U.K.
· Canal+* – France, Spain
· Channel 4 – U.K.
· Channel 5 – U.K.
· CinemaNow (Best Buy) – U.S.
· Comcast – U.S.
· Crackle – Australia, Canada, U.K., U.S.
· Dailymotion – Available in 32 markets
· EPIX – U.S.
· ESPN** – U.S.
· Facebook** – Available in all 35 Xbox LIVE markets
· FOXTEL** – Australia
· GolTV – Spain
· HBO GO – U.S.
· Hulu – Japan
· Hulu +**– U.S.
· iHeartRadio (Clear Channel) – U.S.
·** – U.K., U.S.
· LOVEFiLM – Germany, U.K.
· Manga Entertainment – U.S.
· Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment/Real Sports – Canada
· MediaSet – Italy
· MSN with – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, U.K.
· MUZU.TV – France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K.
· Netflix**– Canada, U.S.
· Rogers On Demand Online (RODO) – Canada
· RTVE – Spain
· SBS On Demand – Australia
· Syfy – U.S.
· Telefonica – Spain
· Televisa – Mexico
· “The Today Show” – U.S.
· TELUS** – Canada
· TMZ – U.S.
· Twitter** – Available in all 35 Xbox LIVE markets
· UFC – Canada, U.S.
· Verizon – U.S.
· VEVO – Canada, U.K., U.S.
· VimpelCom** – Russia
· Vodafone Portugal** – Portugal
· YouTube – Available in 22 markets
· ZDF – Germany
· Zune** – Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K., U.S.

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Chad Awkerman

Chad joined the DualShockers staff in mid 2009 and since then has put much of his time into covering RPGs, with a focus on the Japanese side of the genre, from the obscure to the mainstream. He's a huge fan of iconic games like Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy VI and Persona 4 yet enjoys the smaller niche titles, as well. In his spare time he enjoys experiencing new beer, new foods and keeping up with just about every sci-fi show on television. He's married to an intelligent, beautiful Southern Belle who keeps his life interesting with witty banter and spicy Cajun cooking.

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