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Report: Microsoft "Targeting" 25th November For XBL Update

Jonathan Lester
Microsoft, Update, Xbox Live

Report: Microsoft "Targeting" 25th November For XBL Update

We recently brought you the news that Microsoft has finally decided to offer a slew of TV providers as part of the Xbox Live experience; including BBC iPlayer, Channel 4, Channel 5 and LoveFilm. A new report from GigaOM suggests that Microsoft are "targeting" a November 25th launch for the update, which will also include Kinect voice controls, voice recognition and improved gesture controls. The dashboard will also be redesigned in a new format that Microsoft has branded "Twist Control."

We'll keep you posted.

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Late  Oct. 10, 2011 at 15:36

Is iPlayer (rather than just live bbc) confirmed?

The kids are looking forward to this immensely, as their tv doesn't really have any tv channels, so any tv is a massive improvement! :D
(3 fuzzy analogue channels and no freeview - a pitfall of living in a valley in an area that's not gone digital yet. Sky can sod off if they want another tenner a month from me so a second telly can get fed their service.)

JonLester  Oct. 10, 2011 at 15:53

@Late: Pretty much. BBC content will probably be available through the iPlayer client - though whether it's only live content remains to be seen. I assume that the client will function much the same as the iPlayer app already on PS3 and the Wii.

Last edited by JonLester, Oct. 10, 2011 at 15:56
lukekey  Oct. 10, 2011 at 17:00

and blinkbox is being added. looks good to me.

fartypants  Oct. 10, 2011 at 17:04

Can you get Sky Broadband in your area? I didn't want to pay Sky another tenner a month either, but by signing up to Sky TV & Sky Broadband you get the Sky Player for free and there's a version to install on the XBox via XBox Live already.

smallclone  Oct. 10, 2011 at 18:47

@fartypants You only need Sky TV for Sky Player. I'm with TalkTalk for broadband and get access to it on my Xbox.

Late  Oct. 11, 2011 at 04:02

@fartypants: Unfortunately that'd mean putting a landline in (I got rid of mine about 10 years ago - as we have cable broadband and a plethora of mobile phones the landline was pointless), and that'd probably work out about the same as sky multiroom.

More than happy to wait for this version ;-)

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