December 4th 2011 9:00 pm PT

The Future of TV Begins this week on Xbox 360

On Tuesday, December 6th the latest update to the Xbox 360 dashboard will be available to consoles around the world. In addition to new and updated features, if you have Kinect you’ll be able to say it and Xbox will find it with Bing Search. 

Today we also announced the following partners and apps are coming soon to Xbox 360:

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
•    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

More details in the official press release

Edit: Updated with corrections.

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

  • MikeE Original

    I am disappointed to see that Switzerland will have nothing very interesting.  :’(

  • http://twitter.com/phyernet Mike Poole

    I seen beta testers running Daily Motion! Why the heck is it being pulled from initial release?! Same with SyFy. Both seemed to been working fine. Least in the vid the leaker was showing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bamology David Omega Bell

    i hope they fix the issues with the wmc extender im getting sick of this lost connection to pc but still waiting for it in NZ

  • http://twitter.com/awp69 awp69

    So I assume that Epix app will require an Epix subscription? It would be nice to have a breakdown of what TV apps are “free” vs. requiring a subscription.

  • http://www.facebook.com/spikewestphal Michael Westphal

    will it be like a normal xbox live update when it goes live on tuesday 

  • http://twitter.com/SolemnSpirit Chris

    I guess they’re just trying to force Bing into common usage for search the way Google ended up but I agree on Bing ending up being annoying. Obviously a voice command had to be made but surely using “search” wasn’t out of the question ?

  • http://twitter.com/SolemnSpirit Chris

    Neither is syfy :(

  • http://twitter.com/SolemnSpirit Chris

    That’s not how the license fee works

  • http://twitter.com/Niyokochan デレク ロジャース

    Are these limited to you by your live/gamertag account or IP? :( No wonder Xbox is sucking in Japan. We get no content ever.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ncc1701p Louis Izquierdo

      Hai, alot of this is region-based.. I understand your feeling.. No more Pangya from the US

  • Marco Ricondo

    I would like to see Amazon streaming.  I did not want to buy a Roku box.

    • http://twitter.com/Dharmaville Dharmaville

      Yeah, Amazon Instant Video would be great to have on Xbox.

      I’m looking forward to Crackle (free movies and tv), and CinemaNow.

  • http://twitter.com/redwingz1998 Matt Morris

    why do we have to wait for good stuff like utube???

  • princessclayton

    And every country gets way more features than Australia yet we pay more for Xbox Live and our dollar is worth more than the US…

    • http://twitter.com/KevinCust Kevin Cust

      I hear ya! sux big time.

    • Tom Bell

      You have better weather.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Kosut/1054216793 Michael Košut

      don´t worry, czech republic will get only one channel next year. and our gold accounts are really expensive….

    • Johan Möller

      haha, we get youtube, mlb and muzu in sweden. People in Sweden dont even watch baseball.

  • Jeremy Ong

    What about Singapore? We don’t get ANYTHING at all yet we pay for the same membership

    • Anonymous

      Your paying for Online Gaming and Voice Chatting.  That’s how it’s been for the last 8 years. All the extra stuff being a Gold Member is just a bonus.  MS can only do so much.  You know how many different Countries there are.  All with different rules, content providers.   It’s just crazy.  You can’t show U.S. content any only place, like you can’t show UK content in the U.S. or other places for the most part.    You see ANYONE else even attempting this?   Sony? Nintendo?  Anyone?  

  • http://twitter.com/cltimbes Chris Timbes

    Any chance of VUDU being added?

    • http://twitter.com/Dharmaville Dharmaville

      It’s in the list of Later in December.

      Vudu (Wal-Mart). United States

    • Anonymous

      Need to get Amazon VOD.  Like a easy way to watch that free Movie/TV content I get being a PRIME member.

  • http://twitter.com/LOL_Kitch Michael Kitchen

    What is the actual point bothering rolling out the service when there is like 8 partners when it first rolls out. Plus the only one the UK get is lovefilm, which in my opinion is awful. -.-

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.lucas.lions Michael Lucas

    And to top it all off boys and girls, it update has been delayed

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.lucas.lions Michael Lucas

    And to top it all off boys and girls, it update has been delayed

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.lucas.lions Michael Lucas

    And to top it all off boys and girls, it update has been delayed

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AT2CL2HMP7KKRTTZZDTTGJM72U Anonymous

    buncha jokers hype the new “free”dashboard,then delay it with no notice or reason…

    well ive been waiting a year to have kinect interaction with the dashboard so technically for me it wont be free.

    • http://www.facebook.com/novarift Fred Telles

      update has been out for a while for Kinect users if you signed up for it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/novarift Fred Telles

    Awesome to see some big names, especially HBO Go and Xfinity, the question is any news on maybe G4 and oooo say AMC and BBCA?  God I hope so!  BTW I would rather see a delay on an update than a rushed product.  Get it right and make us happy.  “Gamers”, I used the quotations because true gamers understand that delays are important, don’t know the importance of a delay and it just means they just think they deserve everything immediately.  I also don’t see them working as developers for companies that make these products so really in my opinion they are just a bunch of idiots!

    Keep up the good work and thanks Larry for keeping us up to date on the current situations.  I PATIENTLY wait to hear the news on the update.  In the meantime I have a 2GB update to Battlefield 3 to download and install in the meantime.  Thank god they both didn’t release at the same time!  >_<

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000109717998 Henrique Neves

    Why is Portugal always left out of these new stuff? 

  • Matti Lintula

    I wonder why we pay the same amount for Xbox Live in Finland as our american friends do when we only get a fraction of the content. It’s really starting to be annoying.

    • Anonymous

      Your paying for Online gaming and Voice Chatting.  That’s never changed in the last 8 years. All the other stuff is just extra content.  A bonus you can call it for those that Pay for Gold service.   MS is trying to get content for everyone around the world, but it’s not a easy thing at all.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Johnson/1088034764 Joseph Johnson

    Yes!! Now I can hit my monthly data cap even faster by watching limited on demand content on my Xbox that I could already watch through my cable box (which has even more content)..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Johnson/1088034764 Joseph Johnson

    Microsoft always adding features to the Xbox that are already available on other common devices for free.. but MS wants to charge you because its better on Xbox for some reason…  SMH.. Cant wait to get my PS3 on Christmas… no more XBL Gold for me..

    • Anonymous

      I have had a PS3 almost as long as Xbox 360 and it STILL sucks in comparison.  I only really use it for Singstar as the online functionality is slapped on poorly at the last minute and the controller is terribly unergonomic.

      My Blu-ray player also supports more video formats than the PS3, with better picture quality, loads Java quicker and uses a ton less power, despite also being a Sony.

      I really couldn’t put my finger on a single thing the PS3 does as well as the Xbox never mind anything better.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Johnson/1088034764 Joseph Johnson

        Well thats your opinion.. I will see how it is when I get it…I know the PS3 has games I want to play I also know people who say they bought a PS3 after having an Xbox and say it was a great decision.. 

  • Mike Zupan

    Amazon VOD please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Axel-Leon/1800247767 Axel Leon

    i go to demand xbox live because i buy a legal xbox 360 in argentina and i dont have xbox live

  • http://www.facebook.com/alijahgreen Ahmad J Nicholas

    Your paying for Online gaming and Voice Chatting.  That’s never changed in the last 8 years. All the other stuff is just extra content.  A bonus you can call it for those that Pay for Gold service.   MS is trying to get content for everyone around the world, but it’s not a easy thing at all.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/alijahgreen Ahmad J Nicholas

    Your paying for Online gaming and Voice Chatting.  That’s never changed in the last 8 years. All the other stuff is just extra content.  A bonus you can call it for those that Pay for Gold service.   MS is trying to get content for everyone around the world, but it’s not a easy thing at all.  

  • http://twitter.com/3nany Karim ElEnany

    Manga Entertainement isn’t on this list but it says so on the official xbox website.

    If you know anything about this, could you tell me if it’s coming or not and in what countries it will be available in?
    Thanks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_776UHTU4POI2LHLIL7PGMMSWMU AMS76

    What happened to BRAVO being included in the new channels?  It’s not anywhere on these roll-out lists. 

  • http://twitter.com/ahleungtt Henry Leung

    It’s the future of some countries’ TV only. None (except youtube, I guess?) of them is available in my country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dante-Gabriel-Camacho/100000465176347 Dante Gabriel Camacho

    dude my update dosent work i cannot connect to xbox live now

  • Ururu Tsumigiya

    Dear Major Nelson and affiliates,

    This “new updated” netflix has compleletly destroyed the main reason most people on Xbox use the netflix app. With your decision to remove the party mode and a list of other step backwards. You have singlehandedly destroyed one of the couple of good things about the xbox for me and thousands of other people. May I add if you continue to do nothing and just take complaints like this out the other ear you will face a huge public backlash like the “Other OS removal” incident on sony’s end which could result in the same outcome. E.G. Hacking attempts, subscription losses, loss of sales for both parties, and other similiar incidents. I’d advise you make a move before it’s too late.

  • http://twitter.com/Spokker Spokker

    What about the NBC News app from the old dashboard? I love that thing. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/armen.perian Armen Perian

    Is AT&T/U-Verse getting any update? I really don’t want to pay the $100 setup fee just to watch TV via 360….

  • larah sane

    epix doesnt work. not being able to cycle top menu blows.  bing is useless to me.  how about adding features like defaulting storage locations?  its annoying to keep choosing between my hd vs the internal flash storage.

  • http://twitter.com/daneekaexe Daniel Szelecz

    Anything in hungary?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Brown/100000490212441 Scott Brown

    i want to know is the live tv going to work with u-verse it was said years ago when yall wanted to do this that it would be plus i cant get vios in my area

  • Luís André Melo

    Nothing to Portugal, thank you ms.
    we pay 59€ for a incomplete experience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Pohl/737998028 Michael Pohl

    Hello Major Nelson can you tell me what happens with LOVEFILM in GERMANY ? The german XboxSupport dont know what happens and why Lovefilm is not in the Dashboard … they also wonder why you edit the Post to delete Lovefilm Germany .
    Ps: I like the new Dashboard great work .

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Pohl/737998028 Michael Pohl

    Hello Major Nelson can you tell me what happens with LOVEFILM in GERMANY
    ? The german XboxSupport dont know what happens and why Lovefilm is not
    in the Dashboard … they also wonder why you edit the post to delete Lovefilm Germany Dates .

    Ps: I like the new Dashboard great work .

  • http://www.facebook.com/Kingetula Scott Crawford

    What is up with Uverse, ATT? No App? I refuse to spend $300.00 for 3 XBOX UVERSE setups. Sure in 14 months I will break even Vs. the $7.00 monthly box fee however who knows where I will be, will it work with the rumored 2014 “New XBOX”… I don’t feel like forking $300.00 right now. But, I see Verizon and Comcast as an APP and not UVERSE?

    SO what is the deal?

  • http://twitter.com/feppa feppa

    My 360 won´t update to latest dashboard. I have pre-release on my 360. Anyoneelse have this issue?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Kingetula Scott Crawford

      I have a family account, my son has been with XBOX 3 years and got the update hours before me. I have had Xbox acct for 4 years…. My other son got the update an hour after me. Not sure why or who gets it first but…

      I had a few errors downloading it, had to sign back in or restart the xbox and it worked. Log off, on something.

    • http://www.facebook.com/alex.bayes Alex Nicky Bayes Southe

      yes i have to can you help

  • http://twitter.com/feppa feppa

    My 360 won´t update to latest dashboard. I have pre-release on my 360. Anyoneelse have this issue?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Kingetula Scott Crawford

    I’m still waiting on Major to inform us on Uverse features. ATT website states they are not releasing any more kits for XBOX until they can improve that service, I’m guessing streaming… COme on Major!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2KHVW2VO2VDIH4YVP2ZT3AHXCU John Doe

    Xbox is touting a quote by a firm called Forrester Research that makes this update sound amazing. 

    This is the same Forrester Research that basically called Netlflix a GOD…  back when their stock was overvalued by 500% or so!

    “Netflix has made good on a decade-long promise to become the preeminent
    digital video distribution company in the US. While some have been
    surprised by what seems like a sudden rush of success, we here at
    Forrester have long prognosticated the growth and eventual disruptive
    power of Netflix. Now that the company has recently raised the rent on
    its DVD renters, many onlookers are cheering what they believe to be the
    imminent crash of this powerful company. They are wrong: Netflix will
    continue to grow and continue to succeed by exploiting the tools of
    digital disruption. Moreover, its success points the way for many other
    disruptors that will imitate Netflix’s approach. We recommend that
    established players in any industry vulnerable to digital disruption
    learn from Netflix how to think and act like digital disruptors rather
    than stand by and watch their businesses erode.”

    LOL, MS you suck. Give us something we don’t have to PAY for for once.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2KHVW2VO2VDIH4YVP2ZT3AHXCU John Doe

    Xbox is touting a quote by a firm called Forrester Research that makes this update sound amazing. 

    This is the same Forrester Research that basically called Netlflix a GOD…  back when their stock was overvalued by 500% or so!

    “Netflix has made good on a decade-long promise to become the preeminent
    digital video distribution company in the US. While some have been
    surprised by what seems like a sudden rush of success, we here at
    Forrester have long prognosticated the growth and eventual disruptive
    power of Netflix. Now that the company has recently raised the rent on
    its DVD renters, many onlookers are cheering what they believe to be the
    imminent crash of this powerful company. They are wrong: Netflix will
    continue to grow and continue to succeed by exploiting the tools of
    digital disruption. Moreover, its success points the way for many other
    disruptors that will imitate Netflix’s approach. We recommend that
    established players in any industry vulnerable to digital disruption
    learn from Netflix how to think and act like digital disruptors rather
    than stand by and watch their businesses erode.”

    LOL, MS you suck. Give us something we don’t have to PAY for for once.

  • http://twitter.com/TehChrisReed Chris Reed

    So this Live TV thing is looking like a dud.  No AT&T Uverse support AND each provider has it’s own app you need to download? Weak.  It was sold at E3 as a intergrated silky smooth feature that would change internet TV forever, not a clunky app hopping disaster.

  • Mark Calhoun

    Thank you for breaking Netflix.  Seriously what did you guys think would be positive about removing my ability to default it to widescreen?  If the video playback on a video streaming service sucks… why would I pay for it.  Also, why just start streaming random episodes when I choose a show?  So I have to wait for streaming to start before I can choose what I actually want to watch?  Kinect is cool, yes, but not when it comes at the cost of the rest of the UI utility.  “Kinect, widescreen”  Nothing, no buttons to do it either.  My gold subscription is on thin ice if you don’t fix this right away.  Delay, Delay, Delay… release half baked UI.  Seriously I was impressed with the Xbox360 up until today.  I used netflix everyday, now it’s just unwatchable.  I guess I’ll go back to using the PC and once again relegate the xbox to a gaming only device.  *facepalm*

    Additionally, way to cap it off with a new TOS that basically tells me you’re covering yourself for when an employee uses my kinect to peep into my house.  Classy MS, real classy. 

  • http://players.openfeint.com OFErOne (Erwin Ocampo)

    Can’t wait for MLB.TV … I don’t have cable so all I’m missing is sports!

 
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