Microsoft Brings TV Entertainment to The Xbox 360 Including BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and LOVEFiLM

Xbox 360 4GB Console

Microsoft have been talking about getting TV into the Xbox 360 for some time, we have Sky content already here in the UK and today Microsoft announced a huge list of TV partners that will be coming to the Xbox 360.  As far as UK content goes there is the BBC, Sky, Channel 4, Channel 5, LOVEFilm and MSN. 

The best thing about the new deal is that many channels (including BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5) don’t require Xbox LIVE Gold subscriptions. Check out the list bellow, I can’t wait to see how they implement it. This is one reason why Windows Media Center is being downplayed at Microsoft.

via Major Nelson’s Blog 


Today we are happy to announce plans to roll out the next generation of TV entertainment on Xbox LIVE. We have nearly 40 world class TV and entertainment providers coming to Xbox LIVE including: Bravo, Comcast, HBO GO, Verizon FiOS and Syfy in the U.S.; BBC TV and radio in the U.K.; Telefónica in Spain; Rogers On Demand in Canada; Televisa in Mexico; ZDF in Germany; and MediaSet in Italy, that will begin rolling out to consoles in more than 20 countries this holiday.

Entertainment Partners on Xbox 360 (Existing and New)

• 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

* 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.

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  • Mark Golledge
    Hi Ian,

    This is good news – do you think this means BBC on demand through the iplayer? Hopefully….if not then we can already get this as the Xbox working as a Microsoft Extender.

  • Jorge
    Hopefully it means on demand and live streams a la Sky Player.
  • bounderboy
    I was initially excited by this news then realised I wasn’t really struggling for ways to access iplayer lol… Freesat HD, BLUray, HTPC, iPAD, IPHONE, LAPTOPS, ITOUCH’s etc.etc.
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