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The Xbox 360 Gets Reloaded with Even More Media Partners

posted Monday Jun 4, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

The Xbox 360 Gets Reloaded with Even More Media Partners

The Microsoft press event was certainly something to write home about this year. At the briefing, Microsoft announced an addition to their growing catalog.

However, they first made it easier to access your favorite content. Bing search now has better Kinect voice controls that make it easy to find and watch content with all the new content partners and they have cleaned up the entire feel of it in the process.

If you like the NBA, NHL, ESPN, sitcoms, comedies, documentaries, cartoons or even telenovelas, then what lies in store for you is sure to be a treat. What are the new features and who is now on board with Xbox LIVE? Details are after the break.

It would seem that Amazon Instant Video was just the tip of the entertainment iceberg for Microsoft as they also announced they plan to double the entertainment experience on the console with over 35 new entertainment providers and video channels in spanish and english.

Microsoft highlighted Nickelodeon, Paramount and Machinima as the partners making their way to the console and also said that Univision would be available for those of the Spanish-speaking culture. That isn't all that's coming up though, but we hope it won't take a year to see them all. On the list for the US is Ameba TV, BreakMedia, Comedy Central Stand Up, GameSpotTV, Indie Flix, Revision3, Rhapsody, Slacker Radio, SnagFilms, The AOL On Network, The Weather Channel, The Whistle and Twitch TV.

If that isn't enough for you, I understand. The Xbox 360 will now also become an even cozier home for your sports watching. Microsoft announced more sports events that will be available live to the console. The NBA will bring its GameTime app right to your living room with hundreds of out of market games. The NHL finally brings its GameCenter platform to the 360 as well, which has been on the PS3 for some time now. GameCenter lets you watch home or away feeds of your favorite teams across the league as it happens and will include bonus features like in-game interactivity, replays and highlights on demand.

Lastly, the ESPN app is getting a rehaul. Later this year you will be able to enjoy 24/7 live ESPN shows from their four big channels: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN U. Shows like Mike & Mike, SportsCenter and SportsNation will all be available for your viewing pleasure.

Press Release

I suppose it really might be time to consider cutting your cord from cable. Are you excited about all of these new additions? Tell us in the comments section below. I know one thing is for sure, Scott was right in that I won't be turning my Xbox off now from the time I get home from this trip until the end of never.

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