A few days ago, I blogged about the possibility of Verizon and Comcast partnering with Microsoft to bring a streaming TV experience to the Xbox. My tech senses were tingling then and I'm happy to announce that the rumors are all true. Verizon announced in a press release today that they will in fact partner with Microsoft to bring " a new FiOS TV-powered entertainment experience for the Xbox 360". This offer is only available to customers who already subscribe to Verizon FiOS TV and internet services - which seems a bit redundant to me because if you already have the service, why would you need it on your Xbox? One could assume that this is just the first baby step to creating a full TV experience to the Xbox... but i digress...
Verizon is indeed taking baby steps by only including “a selection of popular live TV channels to the Xbox 360.”
Comcast is also bringing Xfinity TV to the mix. Larry Hryb, Director of Programming for Xbox Live, announced that Xfinity TV will bring "thousands of movies, TV shows and videos from its On Demand service to the Xbox 360 console."
Not much more is known about the services, but we will definitely keep you up to date!
Update: Bravo, HBO, Epix, and SyFy are also being added to the mix of TV stations provided by the new Xbox service. I can't wait to hear more about what stations roll out in the coming weeks/months!