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Xbox plans Live TV, YouTube, Bing search, hints at DVR

Xbox plans Live TV, YouTube, Bing search, hints at DVR

Microsoft this morning confirmed plans to supply a reside tv service to customers of its Xbox Live service, and hinted that it’s going to embody or connect with digital video recording options.

The Xbox Live TV service was introduced in the course of the firm’s briefing at the E3 video-game conference in Los Angeles. Xbox Live VP Marc Whitten informed the group that information, sports activities and native channels can be obtainable to viewers within the U.S. and elsewhere when the service launches this yr.

“Central to our imaginative and prescient are tv experiences most acquainted to us all,” Whitten informed the group. A preview of the interface (pictured above) included a tile referencing “My DVR.”

No particulars but on how the service shall be rolled out and priced. Keep tuned. Microsoft already gives an analogous service in the U.K. through Sky television and elsewhere abroad.

The corporate additionally introduced plans to extend the quantity of content material in its Xbox Live leisure catalog “from lots of of hundreds to thousands and thousands.” New companions embody Google’s YouTube, which shall be obtainable from inside Xbox Live. It’ll be part of current companions together with Hulu, Netflix and ESPN.

Notably, the Zune-branded service that at present supplies a lot of Microsoft’s video content material wasn’t explicitly talked about as a part of the demo.

As well as, Microsoft confirmed plans to convey its Bing search engine to Xbox Live as a device for locating content material. Customers will have the ability to use voice instructions to look and management the expertise, by way of the microphones within the Kinect movement sensor.

Whitten mentioned the brand new Xbox Live expertise is rolling out this fall.

The E3 occasion is ongoing here.

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