Xbox 360 Becoming Your New TV Hub
With Microsoft’s Press Conference vanishing on a very Kinect level, well actually a Halo one… Microsoft announced some new entertainment features for Kinect users.
“This is an incredible time of growth and innovation for our business leveraging technologies that see us, hear us and connect us all together,” said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “This year by bringing together the power of Kinect for Xbox 360 and the intelligence of Bing, we are transforming how people enjoy entertainment.”
As some of the UK users may know Microsoft partnered with Sky TV for the past two years along with the French with Canal+ and in Australia with FOXTEL.
Now, Microsoft has announced its commitment to expand access to live television programming on Xbox 360 to more providers in the United States and around the world during the upcoming year. Consumers will enjoy news, sports and their favourite local channels, all just a voice command away, on Xbox 360. Also this year, Microsoft is teaming up with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)* to bring the depth of the world’s best mixed martial arts programming to Xbox LIVE. Featuring live matches, classic fights, interviews and exclusive behind-the-scenes looks into the lives of the world’s greatest fighters, access the octagon in an all-new interactive way only through Xbox 360.
As well as adding more entertainment with UFC, Microsoft is building on its expansive catalogue of tens of thousands of movies and TV shows available on demand from Sky and Zune by bringing YouTube** to Xbox 360. You will gain access to great “Web original” content from around the world — the latest videos, gaming tips and a universe of compelling content. And for the first time ever, you can control YouTube videos just by using your voice. A great way to experience YouTube is now on Xbox 360.
Did you miss “The Social Network” in the cinema? You will be able to simply tell your television that is what you want to watch and choose from the multiple sources on Xbox 360 that may be offering it live or on demand. Want to play the latest viral videos from YouTube from the comfort of your sofa? Xbox 360 and the magic of Kinect make it as easy as using your voice. Xbox 360 brings together the entertainment you want, whether it’s movies, TV shows, music, sports, or your favourite games, available instantly with the command of your voice through Bing on Xbox 360 and Kinect.