Microsoft In Talks With Nancy Tellem For Top Entertainment Post

By | Tuesday June 26, 2012 @ 3:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Nancy Tellem Xbox LiveEXCLUSIVE: Microsoft is taking a major step towards growing its entertainment footprint. I’ve learned that the software giant is in talks with former top CBS TV executive and now CBS consultant Nancy Tellem for a … Read More »

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XBox 360 Adds Comcast, HBO, And MLB Apps As Entertainment Usage Soars

By | Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 7:02am PDT

The people behind Microsoft’s console say that owners now spend more time using it for entertainment than they do for multiplayer games.  And today they hope to add momentum to their effort to turn the device into a home entertainment … Read More »

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Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer Strikes Content Deals To Turn The Xbox Into A Home Entertainment Hub

By | Monday January 9, 2012 @ 9:39pm PST

Microsoft’s making progress with its effort to turn its Xbox gaming console into the central brain for home entertainment. The company said Monday that it has an agreement with News Corp which will provide apps this year to funnel content from Fox Broadcasting,  Fox News, and The Wall Street Journal to customers of the XBox Live service — with security to ensure that only pay TV customers see the cable programming. In addition, Microsoft has an arrangement to offer video from Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand, and a deal with Verizon FiOS to create a program guide app. The announcements were part of Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer’s keynote presentation to the 2012 International CES — supposedly his last annual infomercial address to the consumer electronics gathering. With help from American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest, he used the occasion to lay out his vision of a home where people make voice commands to the Xbox to find and call up TV programs, and use its Kinect motion control sensor to interact with TV characters. “We invest for the long term and make exciting things happen,” he said. The company demonstrated its interactive TV capability with Kinect Sesame Street TV; for example, kids can pretend they’re tossing objects that the show’s characters catch, and view themselves on screen engaging with the action. Read More »

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Xbox 360 Upgrade Includes Voice Search, New Content Partners

By | Monday December 5, 2011 @ 11:26am PST

Xbox 360, which in October announced a slew of content deals via Xbox Live designed to make the console a one-stop set-top box to control everything entertainment from video games to music to film to TV, announced today that the first of those agreements will kick off tomorrow — along … Read More »

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Xbox Live Partners Up For TV Content

By | Wednesday October 5, 2011 @ 11:09am PDT

Xbox Live, the premium online service of Microsoft’s Xbox 360, today unveiled a slew of content deals that will boost the console’s entertainment offerings beginning around the holidays and in more than 20 countries. The news began leaking last week of partnerships, but the announcement included more than 40 providers like Bravo, Comcast, HBO GO, Verizon FiOS and Syfy in the U.S. and international partners like BBC in the UK. The ultimate goal is to make Microsoft’s video game console a one-stop shop for entertainment where users can switch easily between video games, DVDs and entertainment content. Here’s the release: Read More »

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Bloomberg: Xbox To Offer Xfinity TV, FiOS

By | Thursday September 29, 2011 @ 8:53am PDT

Cable companies are looking to put their services on multiple platforms to keep customers happy (and around) and Xbox Live is looking to boost entertainment offerings to compete against console rivals like Sony’s PlayStation 3, so this makes sense. If … Read More »

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