Microsoft to Launch Xbox Subscription TV Service

Here's a snapshot of what's making cable waves as the week gets underway.

  • Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) is expected to unveil a subscription TV service that will combine its Xbox Live service, Mediaroom IPTV platform and motion-based Kinect technology. BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield notes (registration required) that Microsoft's new strategy with the Xbox 360 could help MSOs seed their IP video and retail ambitions, adding that Microsoft has already sold 53 million units. (See Microsoft: 'Virtual MSO'? )

  • Ceton Corp. has expanded the reach of its InfiniTV digital cable tuners for Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows Media Center PCs with the addition of four retail partners -- Micro Center, the Microsoft Store, D&H Distributing and Newegg -- and launched a US$100 instant rebate program. (See Ceton Pitches Cable Set-Top Alternative .)

  • Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is giving FiOS subscribers more flexibility in their pay-TV and high-speed Internet bundles, allowing them, for example, to pay $5 more a month to bump their broadband speeds to 25 Mbit/s.

  • AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) said it counts more than 100,000 U-verse TV customers in Florida's Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe counties, three years after launching the IPTV service in the sunshine state.

  • Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) can keep offering Starz Entertainment LLC for free, after a federal judge denied a request for an injunction from Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS).

  • DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) won't bill NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers until the league resolves its lockout, which is a different approach to what most NFL teams are taking -- they want season ticket holders to pay for games while players are sidelined in the labor dispute. (See Cable: DirecTV's 'Ticket' to Broadband Content.)

  • Boxee may detail plans to jump the pond when it holds its first international event in London on Tuesday.

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable, and Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

  • SteveDonohue 12/5/2012 | 5:03:13 PM
    re: Microsoft to Launch Xbox Subscription TV Service

    Microsoft finally detailed plans for its Xbox Live TV service, but didn't announce any deals with cable networks. Check out Jeff Baumgartner's blog about Xbox Live TV here. 


    bollocks187 12/5/2012 | 5:03:03 PM
    re: Microsoft to Launch Xbox Subscription TV Service

    How many "Hammers" does it to take to make a multi-channel PC tuner ? 

    It takes "four" baby.


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