The lights are on
After Conan O'Brien's fallout with NBC, everyone was wondering where he was heading. Apparently he considered working with Microsoft on an Xbox Live program as part of a possible strategy to feature original TV content over the service.
Gamesutra's Chris Morris reports on a CES panel he was moderating that featured Jeff Ross, Conan's executive producer. The two sides were in talks for an Xbox Live show, but Ross says that the whole thing was too amorphous for Conan's liking. "The Xbox thing – a lot of the conversations were, 'Well, it's a show, but it's not a show and there are no breaks, but maybe there are breaks and it's not 60 minutes, it's this...' and nobody really knew what it was. So it was really going to be a leap of faith to jump in with these guys and figure out something out which we didn't know."
Ultimately, Conan decided to stay with TV and sided with cable network TBS. However, Morris says that Microsoft has plans to deliver TV content over Live via a subscription model, but the plans are still being worked on.
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I agree with another in saying good move on Conan's part. Although I do love both Conan and Xbox oh so very much.
Well I use a Roku box anyway, but I'm sure if xbox did start showing tv, and if they did it well, it would be big.
I think this was a good idea by Conan but I think that a made for series made solely for streaming (netflix/hulu/xbox live) could be very succesful.
I would like to think that M$ came in a bit more prepared than Conan's exec. producer let on though.
I think he made the right choice sticking with TV.
This had the potential to be good but I think he's more of a TV guy. Maybe some specials could be aired on X-Box still.
I think staying on TV was a better move for Conan anyway. Having a show solely on Xboxlive would have greatly limited his audience and would have been a terrible deal plus there's no doubt M$ would have required a gold membership to view the show which would have limited his audience further.
Conan is awesome! I think if you had your show on some sort of XBOX TV network it wouldn't work at all...
Interesting that it was being considered, but I'm glad it didn't happen. Either way, at least he's back. The guy belongs on TV.
I think Conan made the right choice.
I really something like this never takes shape on Live... their own lil show segments are good enough.
Conan made the right choice but it sounds like Xbox Live crew had no idea what they really wanted...