We’ve been hearing for several weeks that Microsoft was close to finalizing content deals that would allow the Xbox game console stream TV. Today Redmond announced the program, and the partner list is impressive. The deal encompasses cable providers like Comcast and Verizon, but some individual stations like Bravo, BBC, and HBO are also on board. However, this isn’t the kind of service that encourages users to cut the cord; there are conditions.
Most of this content will be available as apps for the Xbox Dashboard, but users will have to authenticate via an existing cable subscription. Additionally, Verizon will only be making part of its channel lineup available. Some content is country specific with BBC exclusive to the UK and Canal+ in France. YouTube integration will be more or less universal, though.
The Dashboard Metro-style redesign that allows this service should be out sometime in November. At that time, we are also expecting Windows Phone integration that turns the mobile device into a remote control. Would this sway you to get an Xbox over other consoles?