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Xbox Live updated with HBO GO, XFINITY TV, and MLB.TV

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Xbox Live Gold members now have even fewer reasons to leave the couch this spring. Today, Microsoft's Major Nelson announced the arrival of three new entertainment apps for its Xbox 360 online service: HBO GO, Comcast Xfinity, and MLB.TV.

The apps, available now, offer a steady stream of television shows, movies, and sports content to Xbox Live Gold members who are already signed up with the individual services. The Xfinity TV and HBO GO apps bring a wealth of on-demand shows, while MLB.TV allows sports fans to stream baseball games from across the league.

This week, Comcast announced that using Xfinity TV over Xbox 360 would count toward its member's 250GB data cap, prompting some to accuse it of skirting net neutrality laws. In a follow-up post, Comcast's J.T Ramsay said this was not the case, explaining, “Your Xbox 360 essentially acts as an additional cable box for your existing cable service. As a result, our data usage threshold does not apply.”

Much like Xbox Live's other entertainment apps, Xfinity TV, MLB.TV, and HBO GO can be manipulated using Kinect's motion and voice controls. A word of warning, though, rumor has it shouting “halfman!” during an episode of HBO's Game of Thrones may cause immediate RROD.

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6 comments

  • TheLotusReborn - March 28, 2012 5:08 p.m.

    Maybe I'm missing something here, but is there any sense in an HBO-GO on XBox if you can't *use* HBO-GO unless you subscribe to HBO through your cable or satellite provider? If I had a cable box tied to my HBO subscription, wouldn't I just watch it from there? I love the Hulu and Netflix apps, as I can subscribe to them without having a cable box. And I'd certainly be willing to subscribe to an HBO-GO service for $X a month. But I can't. I need to have a cable box installed and subscribed to, and through them subscribe to HBO...and if I were to do that, then I wouldn't to watch it through my XBox! lol So what am I missing here??
  • neil-lampen - March 27, 2012 4:41 p.m.

    Whats wrong with Microsoft?? I'm an Xfininty & HBO subscriber and yet the xfinity app malfunctioned on the download and the HBO-Go app isnt even supported by xfinity cable. Wasnt this new update brought to the 360 suppose to emphasize xfinity use??
  • Drazius - March 27, 2012 1:42 p.m.

    Where I am at in texas xfinity isn't on live yet.. the other two apps are.. yet hbo doesn't list comcast/xfinity as a provider for me to use the service..lol
  • BIGMercenary - March 27, 2012 12:47 p.m.

    Just looked into the MLB.tv service: $125 PER YEAR OR $25 PER MONTH just to watch baseball games? Sorry, I don't like sports enough to even consider paying that price. All that just to watch one team I slightly care about? Nice price gouging MLBA....
  • MetroidPrimeRib - March 27, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    Not updated with games
  • TheLotusReborn - March 28, 2012 5:18 p.m.

    For real! Anyway, does anyone know when the XBox plans to release their games update? You know--the update that just fills your system with games. Or PS3, or Wii? Or my PC for that matter! Eagerly looking forward to that Updated With Games, update all the companies are releasing! It will be a throwback to classic systems like NES, Gensis, SNES, N64 and PSX, that constantly made post-release updates to their systems. Before the fat cats decided to only update system's non-gaming capacities, "Because there used to be no internet, and media used to be broadcast through radio towers or VHS cassettes, and it wouldn't have been possible to combine that with a video game system", if we're supposed to buy THAT! SURE, Mr Rockefeller, THAT'S why you only now combine games with other media. What's next? Building an incredibly powerful gaming device directly into and incredibly powerful and reliable television set?? Further eliminating space and waste while simultaneously making managing my media all the easier! lol, thanks but no thanks--WE ARE THE 99%!!!

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