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Xbox Live Review for Cord-Cutters: Can You Stream More than Games?

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The Xbox is a sixth-generation video game console manufactured by Microsoft. Ultimately, Microsoft is looking to turn your television into a web access device, and so is looking beyond the gaming industry.

The Xbox 360 Live platform now allows you to watch a broad array of TV shows and other content through their gaming consoles.

Streaming TV on Xbox LIVE

Microsoft describes the deal as “a new era in TV” and the Xbox 360 will now aim to continue to prove that it is not only a games console but also a connected media hub with a wealth of content.

Nearly 40 “world-class TV and entertainment providers” are coming to Xbox Live, including Bravo, Comcast, HBO GO, and Syfy in the US. These additions join Sky, ESPN, and Hulu, which are already available on the Xbox online service.

In June 2011, Microsoft also announced that live TV, YouTube, and Bing were in the works for Xbox 360, promising to increase the amount of content on Xbox Live “by a factor of ten” this year.

Here’s a sample list of Entertainment Partners (Channels) on Xbox 360 available to US residents:

  • Comcast: Only Xfinity On Demand
  • HBO Max
  • NBC Universal: Content from Bravo, SyFy and more.
  • Manga Entertainment: Very big catalog of streaming anime
  • Crackle: Sony Pictures Entertainment backlog of movies
  • MGM+: MGM, Lionsgate and Paramount catalog of movies
  • UFC: Streaming fights and interactivity  like ESPN
  • Verizon: 26 channels from the Verizon FiOS
  • ESPN
  • Facebook
  • Hulu +
  • iHeartRadio (Clear Channel)
  • Netflix
  • Twitter
  • UFC

Microsoft also made friends with some International content providers as well such as BBC (UK), Canal+ (France/Spain), MediaSet (Italy), and SBS On Demand (Australia)

Xbox LIVE TV Partners

Xbox LIVE Partners

Xbox 360 Features

The Xbox 360 comes with four controller ports that allow for easy multiplayer gaming as well as multi-signal audio/video connections for simple and easy hookup to TVs and home theater systems.

Additionally, it has an ethernet port for fast online gaming, a hard drive for saving downloaded content, and a DVD player (blu-ray add-on available).

Xbox Pricing

The Xbox Console costs around $300 and includes one wireless controller and headset. If you’re interested in buying one, start with Amazon; they typically have the best pricing out available

Bottom Line: More and more devices are hitting the market every day – looking to cash in on the internet TV revolution. The Xbox is a solid investment because it is not only a great game console and online media hub,  but it is also a full-featured DVD player. Have you looked into how much you could save by canceling your cable bill?

To learn more about other Streaming Video Devices check out the Product Reviews Page.

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6 replies on “Xbox Live Review for Cord-Cutters: Can You Stream More than Games?

As much as i set expectations toward gaming consoles, I was surprised of the capabilities of the new Xbox 360 upon purchasing one for 300USD. What strikes me more is the applications that Xbox provides for its users. Props to HotDog.com for giving the most intresting information to give me reason to have interest in this product.

what a great Christmas gift for my sons this Xbox Live, a win-win for all of us, great savings on my part and total entertainment for my kids.

Absolutely Marie – use the video streaming apps to wean your family off cable TV, and you have just saved yourself up to $100 a month. Happy Holidays!

This is Huge. I have a PS3 and love it. Use it to stream Netflix and Hulu and dont pay for cable. Its pretty cool. Up till now i have always dismissed xbox, but with this push to provide more online content – i may have to take another look 😉

Hi again Hellen – PS3 is my favorite streaming device as well. Sony knows how to make superior products for sure. Only I wish is that PS3 would ad a few more apps to their system. And this is where Xbox is thriving. They are truly becoming an all in one home entertainment platform.

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