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Comcast, Verizon Pay TV Coming To Xbox?

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Posted September 29, 2011 - By Stephen Johnson

Microsoft Dodges Questions About A Redesigned Xbox 360

You know what I hear? I hear that Microsoft is planning to update the Xbox 360 and add a new streaming video service that gives you the ability to stream TV programs from Comcast and Verizon.  G4 is owned by NBCUniversal which in turn is owned by Comcast, but I didn't hear the news being discussed on the elevators this morning or anything. Instead, I read it on big, serious financial website Bloomberg, who heard it from "people with knowledge of the situation."

Apparently, Microsoft is in talks with dozens of content providers and may announce a new streaming service as soon as next week.

Don't get too excited, though. It doesn't seem like the supposed service will allow you to switch from your current cable provider to Comcast. Instead, you'll need to already be a Comcast customer already. Here's how Bloomberg described it:

"The new applications from Philadelphia-based Comcast’s Xfinity TV service and New York-based Verizon’s FiOs would require users to prove they already are pay-TV customers in regions where the services operate, two of the people said."

We did learn earlier today that a November 15 dashboard update is incoming, so you have to wonder whether the two are connected...

I'm a little unclear right now where the advantage lies in being able to watch TV through your Xbox, other than not having to find the remote and hit "Source," I guess... plus, Kinect channel changing might be cool.  Hmmm...maybe if your 360 could be used as a DVR, or you could watch shows "with" your 360 friends it would be cool. Maybe this is a great idea after all. What do you think? Would you like to see Verizon and Comcast streaming on your 360, and what would you do with it?

Source: Bloomberg

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