XBL’s Third-Party Content Providers Announced

XBL’s Third-Party Content Providers Announced


For the last few months, rumors have been swirling around the toilet known as the Internet about what will be included in today’s big dashboard update for the Xbox 360. Well, today Microsoft let us take a peek behind the curtain, and there are several third-party content providers back there.

Last October, Microsoft announced that about a dozen content providers would eventually make their way to the system, but there was no real calendar attached to any of the names. Crackle, Dailymotion, YouTube, MSNBC.com, TMZ, and VEVO were named in the original announcement, but today’s release will be far more disappointing—especially if you live in the U.S.

Today’s providers include ESPN, Hulu Plus, and Netflix, which probably seem terribly familiar to most of you, considering that the U.S. has had access to them for months. But EPIX and The Today Show will also be appearing. I’m not exactly sure how many gamers actually watch The Today Show , but I’m assuming that number is fairly small. So, almost no one is excited about today’s announcement.

However, Crackle, YouTube, and most of the previously mentioned providers will be making their appearance later this month, while HBO Go and Comcast’s Xfinity on demand service should show up early next year.

Also, Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb sent a tweet out this morning warning customers that the update had been “slightly” delayed. No one is quite sure what kind of time frame we’re looking at, but I doubt many people are all that anxious for the update. Either way, Hryb promises to release more information later today.

By Josh Engen

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