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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.
 

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Most of these partnerships are worthless, I mean whats good about having to already have Comcast or HBO to use these services, kinda defeats the point, might as just watch them from the existing DVR. I cut the cord last month, I'm not going back. If MS was able to offer me these services for a cost I might bite
 

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Originally Posted by Kevin Collins
Yes, you do get on-demand movies that otherwise are not currently available, the best example of that is ESPN channel.


I don't watch sports so even free ESPN doesn't interest me (thought others, it could be a big draw).

Originally Posted by Kevin Collins [url=/t/316791/xbox-360-launches-new-xbox-live-online-entertainment-service#post_3877540]
If you cut the cord, then this seems like a value proposition for you. They are offering the services to you for a cost. $60/year. Of course, there is other features you get, but those are for the gamers.
It looked like you had to have a cable sub in order to then get HBO Go and other services. That is, you have to pay money so you can pay money to get this Xbox service. Or cut the cord and can't use it??


If one's Xbox is almost always on -- you're an avid gamer -- then this makes it more convenient to get to interesting programming. And if you've already paid the Live fee, this is just bonus. For me, the Tivo is the main interface; I'll go to the 360 to play a game but it's in no way convenient to watch programming.


If the Xbox could completely subsume the role of a Tivo / Blu-ray / etc, that could a boon to me. But as I look at this, it seems like it doesn't serve my needs.
 

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