Associated Press has reported that Microsoft plans to push live TV into the living room via the Xbox, announcing their plans at Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gaming industry’s annual convention
The company said live TV would be offered by domestic and international broadcasters, but no other details were revealed.
Partnerships with international broadcasters currently bring live TV to Xbox 360 in the United Kingdom, Australia and France, but the service unveiled Monday would be the first such offering available on a gaming console in the United States.
The company also announced at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center that increased functionality with its Kinect camera system was coming to Xbox 360, including the abilities to fully navigate menus with voice commands, scour for online and hard drive content with Microsoft’s Bing search engine, and play games such as “Mass Effect 3” in tandem in the traditional controller.
The Daily Mail in the UK is even proposing that this may spell the end of the TV remote as we know it today:
Microsoft has announced upgrades for its Xbox and Kinect system that are designed to make the console the entertainment hub for the home.
In future the Xbox will incorporate a microphone, TV service, an internet connection and the ‘Bing’ search engine to transform viewing options through the set. The new system will allow viewers to talk to the Xbox and control what they see on the screen – anything from YouTube, to a library of films to music videos and live TV.
‘You say it, Xbox finds it,’ said Marc Whitten, corporate vice-president of Xbox Live. To watch live TV, you just say the words ‘Xbox live TV’.
Broadband TV News also covered the move by Microsoft:
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The company plans to work with, rather than compete with, traditional platforms such as cable companies. In Europe, there is already programming available in the UK (through a deal with BSkyB) and a similar one in France with Canal+. Under the French agreement, the Xbox console acts as a de facto decoder of the premium pay-TV provider. And just recently, the Russian IPTV service Beeline TV is to become available through the Xbox 360.
Monterosa, the recent Bafta Award winning 2Screen specialist has today announced details of the screen innovation which will accompany this summer’s UK hit T4 show ‘New Look Style the Nation’.
The cross platform element of the series will enable viewers at home to interact with the show online, and compete for the top prize of becoming one of its in-house stylists.
Live and throughout the series, viewers can get deeply involved via a pioneering 2-Screen experience. Viewers will be invited to visit channel4.com/style during the show and take a style test, to discover their own fashion persona. They’ll then have the opportunity to create their own look, by choosing clothes from New Look’s range, which they’ll apply to a virtual mannequin to create a complete style and outfit. They can then go on to style their friends and family, sharing their designs via Facebook.
The outfits that users put together online can also be bought, as the Channel 4 site will feature click through to New Look’s website.
‘New Look Style the Nation’ is an innovative creative partnership between Channel 4, New Look, Mother London, Two Four and Monterosa.
The show will be aired on Channel 4’s T4 on Saturday mornings from June 4th 2011 for six weeks.
Show host, fashion-savvy DJ Nick Grimshaw will scour the streets of a different city each week for five weeks looking for contestants to take part in the show. The contestants will represent every take on style, from WAG glamour to Indie chic and will compete each week to become one of two finalists representing their city in a live catwalk showdown, from which one winner will emerge. Each episode is an hour long and features interviews with fashion icons and commentators, fashion tips and hints for the season, plus live performances from bands.Add a comment
In the fifth annual Cisco(R) Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2010-2015) released yesterday, Cisco is predicting that that the number of network-connected devices will be more than 15 billion, twice the world's population, by 2015 and expect the proliferation of tablets, mobile phones, connected appliances and other smart machines will drive this growth. The company also said the total amount of global Internet traffic will quadruple by 2015 and reach 966 exabytes per year.They expect by 2015, more than one million minutes of video per second will run throught the pipelines, or equal to two years of viewing every second.
The projected increase of Internet traffic between 2014 and 2015 alone is 200 exabytes, which is greater than the total amount of Internet Protocol traffic generated globally in 2010. On the verge of reaching 1 zettabyte, which is equal to a sextillion bytes, or a trillion gigabytes by 2015, global IP traffic growth is driven by four primary factors, according to Cisco. They are:
1. An increasing number of devices – by 2015, there will be nearly 15 billion network connections via devices -- including machine-to-machine -- and more than two connections for each person on earth.
2. More Internet users: By 2015, there will be nearly 3 billion Internet users -- more than 40 percent of the world's projected population.
3. Faster broadband speed: The average fixed broadband speed is expected to increase four-fold, from 7 megabits per second in 2010 to 28 Mbps in 2015. The average broadband speed has already doubled within the past year from 3.5 Mbps to 7 Mbps.
4. More video: By 2015, 1 million video minutes -- the equivalent of 674 days -- will traverse the Internet every second.Add a comment