Microsoft details “The Future of TV” coming to the Xbox 360

Today Microsoft detailed the changes coming to the Xbox 360, which brings new TV services to the device. Looking down the list you can see UK channels like Channel 5 coming in December but it looks like we will have to wait a bit longer for the BBC which is due early 2012 
 
Details from Microsoft
 

REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 4, 2011 — A revolution is happening in the living room. Xbox 360 is transforming how you enjoy TV entertainment and is giving you the power to control it with your voice. The next generation of TV entertainment begins with the announcement by Microsoft Corp. of the launch of an all-new Xbox 360 experience including the first group of new, custom applications from world leading TV and entertainment content providers on Xbox LIVE.

“A new era in entertainment begins where all your entertainment is together in one place — your games, movies, TV shows, music and sports,” said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “With this update, Xbox 360 system owners will experience Kinect voice control integrated with Bing search, making your TV and entertainment experiences more social and personal than ever.”

The Evolution of Television and Entertainment
The Evolution of Television and Entertainment
A look at the rapid growth of television content, from the birth of television to current day. The infographic also depicts the evolution of how we find content on TV, from the first remote control in 1960 to finding content on Xbox 360 using voice recognition powered by Kinect and Bing.  
Click for larger version.  

“Microsoft has just built and delivered it: A single box that ties together all the content you want, made easily accessible through a universal, natural, voice-directed search. This is now the benchmark against which all other living room initiatives should be compared,” said James McQuivey of Forrester Research in “Engaged TV: Xbox 360 Leads The Way To A New Video Product Experience,”* Sunday, Dec. 4. “…with more than 57 million people worldwide already sitting on a box that’s about to be upgraded for free, Microsoft has not only built the right experience, it has ensured that it will spread quickly and with devastating effect.”

You Say It, Xbox Finds It

How long does it take you to search and find your favorite movie or TV show? Do you find yourself searching hundreds of channels and multiple services and TV inputs? What if the entertainment you craved was simple, discoverable and exactly what you wanted at that particular moment?

Now, finding your favorite entertainment is easier than ever. Last year, Kinect for Xbox 360 revolutionized controller-free entertainment by letting you use your body and voice to play your favorite games and entertainment, turning you into the controller. The power of Kinect combined with the intelligence of Bing search is turning your voice into the ultimate remote control. With Bing on Xbox, you can use your voice to effortlessly find the games, movies, TV shows and music you want and discover the best offerings on Xbox LIVE, by simply saying what you’re searching for. You say it, Xbox finds it. Beginning tomorrow and over the coming weeks, Bing on Xbox voice search will initially be available in English in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. for Zune video, Xbox LIVE Marketplace and select content partners. For those who do not have a Kinect for Xbox 360, text search will be available in Xbox LIVE markets.

All Your Entertainment, All in One Box

This holiday, in addition to offering the best blockbuster and Kinect games, Xbox 360 consoles are set to deliver live and on-demand TV shows, movies, videos, sports, music and news, becoming the best device to experience all your entertainment. TV and movie fans can instantly stream their favorite episodes of current television shows all season long, as well as past favorites and new-release movies.

Xbox 360 is building on its expansive catalog of movies, sports, television and music available through Hulu Plus, Last.fm, Netflix, Zune music and video and ESPN®, as well as on its existing lineup of great TV providers, such as AT&T U-verse® TV in the U.S., TELUS in Canada, BSkyB in the U.K., CANAL+ in France, Vodafone Portugal, VimpelCom in Russia and FOXTEL in Australia, by also now rolling out the following new entertainment partners and apps**:

Dec. 6:

EPIX. United States

ESPN on Xbox LIVE (ESPN). United States

Hulu. Japan

Hulu Plus. United States

LOVEFiLM. United Kingdom

Netflix. Canada, United States

Premium Play by (MediaSet). Italy

Sky Go (SkyDE). Germany

Telefónica España – Movistar Imagenio. Spain

TODAY (MSNBC). United States

Later in December:

4 on Demand (C4). United Kingdom

ABC iView (Australian Broadcasting Corp.). Australia

AlloCiné. France (AlloCiné), Germany (Filmstarts), Spain (Sensacine), United Kingdom (Screenrush)

Astral Media’s Disney XD (Astral Media). Canada

blinkbox (Blinkbox). United Kingdom

Crackle (Sony Pictures). Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States

Dailymotion. Available in 32 countries globally

Demand 5 (Five). United Kingdom

DIGI+ (CANAL+). Spain

GolTV (Mediapro). Spain

iHeartRadio (Clear Channel). United States

Mediathek/ZDF (ZDF). Germany

MSN. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, United Kingdom

MSNBC.com. United States

MUZU.TV. Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

ninemsn. Australia

Real Sports (Maple Leaf Sports). Canada

Rogers On Demand Online (Rogers Media). Canada

SBS ON DEMAND.Australia

Sky Go (SkyDE). Austria

TMZ (Warner Bros.). Canada, United States

TVE (RTVE.es). Spain

UFC on Xbox LIVE (UFC). Canada, United States

Verizon FiOS TV. United States

VEVO. Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, United States

Vudu (Wal-Mart). United States

YouTube. Available in 24 countries globally

Early 2012:

Antena 3 (Antena 3 de Televisión). Spain

BBC (BBC). United Kingdom

CinemaNow (Best Buy). United States

HBO GO (HBO). United States

MLB.TV (MLB Advanced Media). Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States

Telenovelas/Sports (Televisa). Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom

Xfinity On Demand (Comcast). United States

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