Title: Comcast, Verizon & HBO Coming to Xbox Live
Article by: Lauren Indvik
Microsoft recently inked a deal with 40 TV and entertainment partners to provide content on Xbox Live. Given the recent evolution of TV and media platforms, this is an exciting deal for Microsoft and it will definitely bolster its progression from game console to a more comprehensive multimedia center.
According to Mashable, the following companies have signed on:
“In the U.S., Bravo, Comcast, HBO Go, Verizon FiOS, Epix and SyFy will be joining existing partners Netflix, Hulu Plus and AT&T in offering content to Xbox Live subscribers. BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Lovefilm will come to Xbox Live in the UK; Antena 3, RTVE and Telefonica in Spain; Televisa in Mexico; DF in Germany; and MediaSet in Italy.”
The catch is that the amount of content each entity will provide varies from company to company and some partners will only be available in certain countries.
According to the press release:
Entertainment Partners on Xbox 360 (Existing and New)
ABC iView — Australia
AlloCine — 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.
Last.fm** — U.K., U.S.
LOVEFiLM — Germany, U.K.
Manga Entertainment — U.S.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment/Real Sports — Canada
MediaSet — Italy
MSN with MSNBC.com — 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
* Xbox LIVE Gold membership and/or other subscriptions/fees required. Kinect functionality varies by feature, provider and region.
** Denotes existing partners on Xbox LIVE available today.