Microsoft Planning XBox TV Service
Television tech battle back on
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2010 2:43 AM CST
-- FILE ** In a Nov. 9, 2005, file photo the Microsoft Xbox 360 is on display at the the annual Microsoft shareholder meeting in Bellevue Wash. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005. Microsoft is cutting the price...   (AP Photo/John Froschauer/fiole)

(Newser) – Microsoft is planning to leap back into the battle for American living rooms with a new TV service, sources tell Reuters. The company has held talks with TV networks about creating a TV service to be delivered through the XBox console, establishing a "virtual cable operator" that would charge a monthly fee for access and provide stiff competition for cable companies, the sources say.

Microsoft, which isn't expected to unveil its TV service for another year, is also reportedly looking into creating programing packages for customers, and using the XBox to make TV viewing more interactive. The plans would pit Microsoft against TV efforts from Google and Apple, although analysts note that having the "Trojan horse" console already in millions of homes could give Microsoft the edge.

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dilts2
Nov 30, 2010 7:10 PM CST
Wow, if they made a package where you get to create your channels thats would be amazing!! I would Diffidently buy it. Although i wonder...... Will the Red ring of Death be Too common BC there XboX360 is on all the time??