October 5th 2011 9:20 am PT

Xbox 360 Teams Up With Entertainment Leaders to Transform TV

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.
•    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

* 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.

Official press release w/ screen shots

Xbox 360, Xbox Live By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Suren jaya

    And Asia still gets nothing. I hate it when a product evolves everywhere but here.

    /angry singaporean

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aj-Whiles/100002106650436 Aj Whiles

    The Dashboard is coming this holiday right??

  • http://twitter.com/JSGrill Scott

    Major, are there any ISP restrictions similar to ESPN3?

    • Anonymous


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=717427245 Jason Watson

    You got your Roku in my Xbox….. and I love it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jayswanson42 Jay Swanson

    Will the existing U-Verse/Mediaroom setup eventually transition to the new system Comcast and Verizon are using, and more importantly, will it not cost $150 to use it.

  • http://twitter.com/_Eddie_B Ed Burton

    Holy Moley!  … now, tell us the price  :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cory-Lancor/100000061947108 Cory Lancor

    all I want to know is… when will the new update come out?

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.t.ellis Keith Troy Ellis


  • Anonymous

    deal with bbc, does this mean iplayer on xbox

  • Anonymous

    Come on Major, where the hell is Broadstripe/ Wave. I live in Seattle and can not get Comcast or Verizon thanks to some sort of contract with the city…..I, would like to use my xbox to its full potential. I don’t live across the border or across the sea. I live in MICROSOFT back yard…….smh

  • http://twitter.com/dw1020 Dustin Wasserman

    When is the preview program going to launch?

  • http://twitter.com/NinjaCombo Ninja Combo

    I wish I could watch Televisa in the U.S…. in Mexico it’s already free so I don’t see the point of having Televisa in Mexico using the xbox, unless it does live tv and the xbox could be used as a dvr

  • http://twitter.com/Navarin Bennijin Turbo

    So you worked something out with BBC, huh?

    Awesome, now work a deal out with ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Lovefilm (it’s like the British Netflix, all of these except Five are on “the opposition” already).

    • Anonymous

      Clearly you never read the list properly “BBC – U.K.       blinkbox – U.K    Channel 4 – U.K.         Channel 5 – U.K.         LOVEFiLM – Germany, U.K.

      You may wanna look at the list again :P  it seem other regions are finally getting on Par with US services

      • http://twitter.com/Navarin Bennijin Turbo

        Yeah I somehow managed to miss all of those. Wow, that’s embarrassing.

        Still would be nice to see ITV on there.

  • http://twitter.com/fmsantos39 Marcos Santos

    Where is Portugal?? Always left behind :|

  • http://www.thechrisd.com/ TheChrisD

    So how many of the UK TV channels will Ireland get? We get BBC and Channel 4 on basic terrestrial cable, so it would make sense that we should be able to access them on Xbox too…

    • http://danielbrierton.ie Daniel Brierton

      Since we don’t get BBC iPlayer or streaming live BBC TV online in Ireland, I think we can forget about that. 4oD should be here though. If not, then someone screwed up big time.

      I’d ask for RTÉ Player, but Irish TV sucks…

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominicwatson Dominic Watson

    This sounds nice but I remember when you increased the price of Xbox Live because of the amount of additional services you added. Will this happen again because I don’t care about my Xbox being able to see any of the above…

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dataanti Chase Thomas

    damit y VEVO -.- VEVO should rot and die in a pit

    i would like Space channel and HUB to :S

    also it looks like canada doesnt get anything good :S microsoft, i am dissapoint :(

    the only things on this list i would be interested in is syfy and bbc, to bad they are not for canada :/ this is useless to me other then youtube.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001975518826 Benjamin A. Roa

    Wait this is out now and ready to download?

    • http://www.facebook.com/johnppadilla John Padilla

      “…will begin rolling out to consoles in more than 20 countries this holiday.”

      Learn to read the whole article.

      • http://twitter.com/portaltonowhere Cory

        it doesn’t say which holiday… Yom Kippor is this saturday, he could mean that holiday no? 

  • http://smnbss.spaces.live.com/ Simone Basso

    pleeeease make all the channels available on all the states! I’m in the UK but want to watch Italian TV! there are a lot more naked girls in the Italian TV!!!! :):):)

  • http://twitter.com/blburkholder Bryan Burkholder

    No Amazon VOD?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C62KHSFD4CZDXO3XWM2NC2JCT4 Doug

      I am suprised by this to

  • http://danielbrierton.ie Daniel Brierton

    Please please please tell me 4oD will be available in Ireland too. We have access to it online and on iOS, so I don’t see why not.

    Also, I hope 4oD isn’t just catch up, and includes the whole back catalog like the website.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TYNLNPWWLQ52V5AYN3KRU7UICY thiazzi

    Good news! Only thing missing is NHL GameCenter.

  • http://twitter.com/portaltonowhere Cory

    No Cablevision? Wow…

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnppadilla John Padilla

    BBC US? That would be amazing.

  • http://harpermd.tumblr.com/ Michael Harper

    Will I need to have cable accounts with these people to use their stream or will they be included in my Xbox LIVE Gold? For example, I use Comcast for my Internet. Would I have to add cable television to my plan to use it with the Xbox?

    • http://androiddelight.com/ Audio

      My guess is yes.  In the case of HBO GO you have to have and HBO subscription and also a  cable company that supports HBO GO.

      Maybe some of them won’t be as strict?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZSGSKZIVUM7ZFYRV7YG34ZZVRY Mike

    What good is adding a channel that I already get on my TV (HBO GO or ESPN), particularly since I still need to pay for a cable subscription to get them?

    • http://androiddelight.com/ Audio

      It’s on demand.  You can watch any show on HBO GO whenever you want, not just when it plays on TV – shows past, present, no longer running, etc.

      In ESPN’s case you can watch games that are not being played in your market and games that are on ESPN 3.  The interactivity of ESPN on Xbox is pretty amazing (game scores, ability to watch multiple games).  It’s an improvement over standard TV IMHO.  Plus you’re not paying extra for it if you already have a cable subscription.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDJNHNFRKV6GHEWDLK7GNMRO4Q Mason

    too bad those of us that use TWC to access Live won’t be able to use this

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1287316889 Jeroen Rothbauer

    Aaaand again, nothing decent for the Netherlands

    • Anonymous

      Youtube for the Nederlands at leased. Maybe Uitzendinggemist or RTLgemist ;)

  • Anonymous

    what good is is if you have driectv no good so why do this

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter


    We’ve had Murdoch’s Sky TV on the Xbox in the UK for ages but due to the usual conflict of interests (Murdoch wants people to buy expensive satellite TV subs) the content he provides to the 360 is pretty pathetic. It’s also all in incredibly low resolution and over compressed SD. Looks ghastly and totally unwatchable on anything other than a 10″ black and white TV from the 1960s. (at best)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Clark.Douglas Douglas Clark

    When is this thing coming out?

    • http://twitter.com/The_Dukenator Mark

      When its done.

  • Anonymous

    So what’s the deal with Time Warner Cable and Microsoft anyway? First we TWC customers get screwed out of the ESPN streaming content on XBL, and now TWC is noticeably absent from this provider list too. Somebody needs to get their @!&# together, play nice and work out a contract already!

  • http://profiles.google.com/jedimasta Christopher Kirkman

    Can someone clear something up for me? According to the above (and the original press release) those providers with asterisks next to them have a foot note stating “* Xbox LIVE Gold membership and/or other subscriptions/fees required.”

    HBO GO does not have said asterisk. Does that mean HBO GO is free? Watching on any other device requires an authentication code given to HBO subscribers only. I had to give up my Boardwalk Empire recently and I’d like it back.

    • http://twitter.com/Mario__g Mario Giulietti

      most likely you’ll need an account like on a phone, or the hbogo website now. everyone is money hungry.

      also comcast, my tv provider doesnt has the * and everything offered online or on a phone app needs an account email or i believe you wont need gold, just an account with that provider

  • Anonymous

    Cost?? What is the cost?

  • Anonymous

    does it have a cost?

  • Brandon Sigg

    I wonder when the beta for the new Xbox update is going to go live? It’ll probably have this functionality ready to go by then

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1720766707 Brandon Walker

    Any word on DirecTV? That’d be nice.

  • Anonymous

    We have tv channel here in The Netherlands standaard and digital, that we don’t on get the xbox360 like: DisneyXD, Disney Channel, Disney junior, BBC1,2,3 World, ZDF, Syfy Universal.. So i am amazed that we didnt get Disney, ZDF, Syfy and BBC..

  • Anonymous

    We have tv channel here in The Netherlands standaard and digital, that we don’t on get the xbox360 like: DisneyXD, Disney Channel, Disney junior, BBC1,2,3 World, ZDF, Syfy Universal.. So i am amazed that we didnt get Disney, ZDF, Syfy and BBC..

  • Anonymous

    How long wil it take to get more channels to The Netherlands?

  • Anonymous

    How long wil it take to get more channels to The Netherlands?

  • Anonymous

    Oh by the way how about the name Zune andthe service, i was reading the news here and there that the Zune (HD) is droped, dead, doesnt get any support anymore.. So why not giving it a new name?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Boyd/576666141 Jason Boyd

      Zune is the name of their Media platform, not just a product. 

  • http://twitter.com/TrueSaiyan21 Spelled Right

    Glad to see were getting a lot of free stuff too. I have comcast (internet) not cable anymore and would have loved to have the on demand stuff but It’s a waste of money to $80 for a few channels I watch. Thanks for giving us Youtube and Anime fans something new to watch!

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone from Microsoft ever answer questions….what’s the use of having a blog if you don’t communicate with your community/ customers??? Hey!!! Major do you need a assistant??? I’m looking for work and would love to help!!

    • Anonymous

      I have made light of the fact that he makes about three posts a month on his own blog. Usually about something he was going to re-post about anyway. He is just a tool of MS, cheers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Garcia/1360847381 David Garcia

      @xboxsupport will answer your questions, promptly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/DeWayne-Pierce/1828317713 DeWayne Pierce

    I have Cox so I guess I won’t see this for a while.

    • Anonymous

      You would….

  • Anonymous

    On a day that Steve Jobs died, it is important for MS to focus on money. Cheers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1407540093 Mohammed Abbas Mamdani

      This was posted at 9:20AM. Apparently its important for you to troll on the day Steve Jobs died. Cheers.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CSM3AC4KOR3FR47ITTITBZUHC4 Davion Sword

      Jobs loved money, sorta fitting. You make it sound like Microsoft ran over there and killed him themselves. I never liked the guy but it’s also to bad he died. The rest of the world still exists though and has things going on. You want to worship Jobs then go start a church in his honor instead of trolling random console system announcements like anyone involved had anything to do with it.

    • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

      Oh shut up. This news was released hours before Jobs passing was announced.

  • Tal Crowe

    as long as i get mr. rogers neighborhood, im good

  • http://twitter.com/Blakestone_NZ Blake

    New Zealand :( We only get Zune and MAYBE Youtube??! Are you serious?

  • http://www.facebook.com/christopher.brock Christopher Brian Brock


    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Boren/100000216781562 Matt Boren

      Somebody lives in Yakima?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Boren/100000216781562 Matt Boren

      Charter would cost money though its already a  lot for internet they raised us to $90 just for internet alone

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1113152423 Aditya Joshi

    WE GOT NOTHING!!! NO CHANNELS ARE FOR CANADA!!!!! (other than disney, which nobody cares about)

    • http://www.facebook.com/TommySagemar Tommy Sagemar

      You got nothing? What about Sweden :P