New 360 Dash Brings TV Content Tomorrow

Microsoft is pushing out its redesigned Xbox 360 interface tomorrow and with it comes the first wave of entertainment app updates for the console. In the UK this means a LoveFilm application but the US is getting some more meaningful additions like Hulu Plus, ESPN and Netflix. Other European countries are getting localised content so that Spain, for example, gets something called “Telefónica España Movistar Imagenio” which sounds brilliant, at least.

There is another wave of content due later this month which brings 4 On Demand and Demand 5 as well as various internet streaming services like MSN Crackle and blinkbox.

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In 2012, there will be further access to MLB.TV and – enigmatically – “BBC”, which we assume is some kind of iPlayer access but blinkbox do provide some access to BBC programming too.

As well as a redesigned interface, this update brings Bing and increases the scope of the voice control with Kinect. Those 360 owners who want to will be able to search their consoles using Bing to find all related content as well as being able to control the new wealth of entertainment applications using voice and gesture.

Source: Press Release

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11 Comments

  1. Along with Sky Go which I’m desperate for on PS3 they’ve covered all bases, but as Silverlight is needed for content protection because Flash is so broken I’d say it was unlikely.

  2. Meh? Anyone know if Gold will be needed to stream the “free” stuff? I watch Sky Go predominently on my iPad, does Silverlight apply there? If not, why can they not make a PSN app? Sure it is on the way…

    • Im pretty certain you need to be a gold member to use sky player

  3. Bing?
    Without a browser?
    What’s the point? Surely your hard drive can’t be THAT bad.

    • i think it searches the marketplace for videos and games as well as your console.

    • Yes, it searches the marketplaces and your hard disk, as well as other connected apps like Netflix (I think). I agree though… it has always looked like a pointless feature without a browser attached.

      If I was much more cynical, I’d say it was just a way to shoehorn Bing into people’s consciousness rather than anything useful for 360 owners… but I’m not that cynical ;)

  4. I’m gonna reserve judgement till tomorrow. Screen shots look nice tho…

  5. The Xbox could have a really decent browser with the 512MB RAM. Also iPlayer should have been on the Xbox but available to Silver uses.

    • It will be interesting to see if iplayer is available to silver members when it launches as the only reason to beeb never put it on the Xbox in the past is because they argued that everyone is already paying a TV licence so making it gold only means people are paying twice

  6. Demand 5 coming to 360, but still isn’t on PS3? It better arrive on PS3 so I can get my catchup on The Gadget Show and Big Brother.

    • i wouldn’t worry about it. We may get channel 5 but there has been no word on us getting itv :-(

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