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Originally Posted by Kevin Collins
Microsoft’s deal with cable and content providers stops short of making it possible for people to ditch their traditional pay-television packages; people will still need to pay the cable providers to get channels through the Xbox. They will also have to pay the roughly $60 a year Microsoft typically charges for a Xbox Live Gold subscription. However, if you are are among the lucky the have Comcast, getting the ESPN channel and being able to watch a game that you can't watch through your traditional method on the TV, this is pretty nice.
I"m curious and don't yet understand what it offers.
If it's a deal where I can pay $60/yr to have the privilege of paying more money per year for channels, as with Netflix requiring Gold, then it seems a bust to me. And there's also the question of how this interacts with my Tivo and TV and Blu-ray. If it only complicates the living room experience, I won't care.
But if at $60/yr it could give me shows I can't otherwise watch currently, maybe in an on-demand type fashion, saving the hassle of buying and watching Blu-rays, not having to get Netflix or an AppleTV, then that is promising.