Published on September 29th, 2011 | by Ramon Trotman0
Microsoft Xbox TV service rumors surface again
Here we go again, I must say I am hoping this is real. I got rid of cable a long time ago, I now rely on Netflix and hulu. If Microsoft can hit the pricing on the head, I’d be all in.
Last week, the blog Digiday, citing anonymous sources, reported that Microsoft was nearing a deal with Comcast that would allow Xbox 360 owners to sign up for the cable provider’s service and watch its programming from the game console. CNET blogger Don Reisinger wrote, "Microsoft unveiled its live-television service at the E3 gaming expo in June. Although the company provided few details on the service at the time, Microsoft said that it would ‘partner with TV providers’ for its offering."
The Hollywood studios have long tried to persuade Microsoft to use Xbox Live and the company’s successful Xbox video game console into taking a larger role in distributing content. Xbox Live already offers movies and TV shows for rent and purchase.
Bloomberg wrote that Microsoft also expects to sign licensing deals with Time Warner’s HBO cable channel, Sony Pictures’ Crackle streaming service, and NBC Universal’s Bravo network.