Friday, June 28, 2013

Time Warner Cable + Microsoft = A More Entertaining Xbox

Since this year's E3, there's been a lot of buzz around the upcoming PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game consoles. Until then, you'll have to settle for the updates coming to the existing consoles. The latest news comes from Time Warner Cable. Microsoft has gotten together with Time Warner to work on some additions for Xbox 360 users.

Time Warner Cable plans on launching its TV application on Xbox Live later this summer, which will release around 300 live TV channels to the console. Of course, like everything else that's proprietary, so is this. The service will be available only to users who are BOTH Time Warner Cable customers AND subscribers to Xbox Live Gold.

The channels that Time Warner will be making available include AMC, BBC, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, Food Network, and CNN. More details will come once the Time Warner Cable TV application becomes available in the upcoming months. A note for Kinect users - the app will also work with voice controls through the Kinect sensor.

Microsoft has been making good headway with their 360 consoles that they hope to implement with the Xbox One. I think it's safe to assume this app will be available for new Xbox One users. In fact, another feature you may recall hearing of is the one that overlays the Xbox interface over live TV. With that, they also promise users will be able to instantly switch between watching their favorite show and playing a game. After all, it is quite time consuming to have to make that switch...

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