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Microsoft’s online TV subscription plan on hold

Microsoft’s online TV subscription plan on hold

Microsoft's plans to attack cable TV with its own online TV subscription service may be on hold, according to sources familiar with the situation. According to Reuters, Microsoft has been in intense discussions with media companies, seeking potential program partners for over a year and hoping to launch its subscription service within the next few months. However, those plans are now on hold due to high licensing costs.

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Microsoft eyeing Xbox LIVE gaming on iOS and Android

Microsoft eyeing Xbox LIVE gaming on iOS and Android

Microsoft is looking to extend Xbox LIVE to iOS and potentially Android and other platforms, according to a new job listing at the company, extending the company's gaming reach beyond its current Windows Phone focus. The posting, spotted by LiveSide, calls for a software development engineer to "define, design and implement Xbox LIVE mobile experiences on Windows Phone, iOS and other platforms" with the potential for location-based gaming, social networking-enabled titles and more.

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Microsoft’s Xbox Live gets new TV channels

Microsoft’s Xbox Live gets new TV channels

Microsoft has announced that it is adding eight new TV channels to Xbox LIVE. The Xbox Dashboard recently got an overhaul with a new more Metro-styled interface along with the addition of new content and video services. The addition today is part of Microsoft's plan to challenge cable TV and includes localized TV channels for both the US and Europe.

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Windows Phone execs keep shuffling: App Store merge mulled

Windows Phone execs keep shuffling: App Store merge mulled

Microsoft's Windows Phone team has lost another top-tier exec, as the company's General Manager for Developer and Marketplace, Matt Bencke, has been quietly moved to the Xbox LIVE team. Bencke's role changed at the end of November, ZDNet's sources claim, preceding Windows Phone chief Andy Lees being apparently "benched" for over-promising and under-delivering; the shift could be a sign that Microsoft is looking to move Windows Phone - or its marketing, at least - into the Windows division.

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Xbox design chief replaced ahead of 2013 “Xbox 720”

Xbox design chief replaced ahead of 2013 “Xbox 720”

Microsoft is believed to have replaced the design architect responsible for the Xbox 360 user-experience, Dan Coyner, an acolyte of Apple-style consistency in user experience and a mainstay of the gaming project since its inception. Coyner, general manager of Design and Planning within the Xbox team, has been replaced with Emma Williams, CNET's sources claim, who led this month's Xbox dashboard update.

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Xbox Live gets YouTube, Verizon FiOS TV and more

Xbox Live gets YouTube, Verizon FiOS TV and more

Microsoft had detailed earlier this month its plans to challenge cable TV by adding more content and improved features to its Xbox Live service. Today, the first wave of new content and video services has hit Xbox Live, including apps like YouTube and Verizon's FiOS TV.

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Xbox Live app now available for iPhone and iPad

Xbox Live app now available for iPhone and iPad

Microsoft has just released its Xbox Live app for Apple's iPhones and iPads, shortly following its release of the Windows Phone 7 version and its announcement of rolling out the new Xbox Live Dashboard today. Although not as extensive as the Windows Phone 7 app in being able to fully control an Xbox 360 console using the app, this iOS version does allow you to access plenty of Xbox Live features.

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Xbox 360 Dashboard updates start tonight for Xbox LIVE members

Xbox 360 Dashboard updates start tonight for Xbox LIVE members

Earlier today we found that the Xbox 360 Dashboard update promised for today was just a bit delayed - now we learn from Microsoft's Major Nelson that though the update was delayed through much of today, the first set of customers will be getting their Xbox LIVE update within the next few hours. For those of you just learning about this situation now, Microsoft is updating your Xbox 360 with new software today if not inside the week with several new bits of functionality. Amongst changes are updates to your Kinect sensor (if you have one) and new bits of content in your streaming TV service.

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Xbox 360 Dashboard update “slightly delayed”

Xbox 360 Dashboard update “slightly delayed”

Bad news if you're waiting desperately by your Xbox 360, impatiently hopping from foot to foot for the Dashboard update: the new interface is apparently slightly delayed. Microsoft's Major Nelson tweeted the bad news, later clarifying that he will have no news on the amended schedule until later on today. The update brings with it greater functionality of the Kinect sensor bar as well as streaming TV services.

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Xbox TV puts Microsoft ahead of Apple and Google

Xbox TV puts Microsoft ahead of Apple and Google

Gaming has long been Microsoft's wildcard: while the company struggles to find its feet with Windows Phone, and faces a difficult tablet market when its Windows 8 slates finally appear, the Xbox 360 continues to sell strongly. Now Xbox TV has arrived to not only reassure 360-owning gamers that they made the right console choice, but broaden the 360's appeal to a whole new segment. It's not entirely fashionable to praise Microsoft, especially when it's over something that, buried in the company's history books, they've tried and failed at before. Smart TV has suffered the usual ignominies and from the usual flaws: sluggish hardware, confusing interface, dawdling internet connections. Now, with Xbox LIVE TV, all the pieces seem finally to be coming together.

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Xbox LIVE app turns Windows Phone into 360 remote

Xbox LIVE app turns Windows Phone into 360 remote

Microsoft's December 6 Xbox 360 Dashboard update will also bring a new smartphone app, Xbox LIVE for Windows Phone, turning your handset into a remote control and info terminal. Bing-powered content search will browse through movies, TV shows, music, games and apps, Microsoft's Major Nelson confirms, all from the smartphone screen, as well as showing your own recent activities.

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Xbox 360’s LIVE cable TV attack detailed

Xbox 360’s LIVE cable TV attack detailed

Microsoft has detailed its challenge to cable TV, with a roadmap of Xbox LIVE streaming content for the Xbox 360 including Hulu Plus, Netflix and the BBC, as well as the Kinect-powered voice control that will be used to bypass the traditional remote. Beginning as part of the Xbox LIVE Dashboard update for the 360 that rolls out tomorrow, the dozens of TV channels, streaming services and other content providers will join gaming and other internet services on the console. More details of content deals after the cut.

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