According to The New York Times, ESPN has met with Microsoft, and the two companies have held in-depth talks about bringing ESPN programming to Xbox Live.
Here's how the NY Times' unnamed, inside sources described the potential service:
"For a per-subscriber fee, ESPN could provide live streams of sporting events, similar to the ones available through ESPN 360, a service that is available from some high-speed Internet providers. Microsoft could also create some interactive games in association with ESPN."
No agreement has been announced, so there's no time-frame for when/if this will happen, but let's talk about it anyway. While I definitely think streaming of games themselves would be awesome, I could completely do without the rest of ESPN's programming -- I don't need to hear ex-jocks desperately trying to be entertaining as they talk about the game that I just saw. But if ESPN streams, say, NFL games, I'm on board.
This is all part of Microsoft's effort to make the Xbox into an entertainment portal as opposed to a game system. We see it now on our dashboard (Last.fm, Facebook, Netflix, etc.), how do you think it's going? Do you use your 360 as an entertainment device? Personally, I notice more and more of my Xbox friends are "playing" Netflix everyday.
Source: The New York Times