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Microsoft Bringing Comcast, Syfy, HBO, and More to Xbox Live

After months of rumors, Microsoft has finally announced its official plans for bringing a wide selection of cable and broadcast television programming to Xbox Live.

Major Nelson, the official Xbox blogger, just posted a long list of entertainment partners that have signed on to bring programming to Xbox Live. It's quite impressive.

While the complete list shows both U.S., international, and previously existing partners, I've highlighted the new additions for the U.S. Keep in mind, you will likely already have to be a cable subscriber to access this content on Xbox Live, as indicated by this note at the end of the blog post:

"Xbox LIVE Gold membership and/or other subscriptions/fees required. Kinect functionality varies by feature, provider and region."

List of Xbox Live Entertainment Partners (new U.S. additions in bold)

•    ABC iView – Australia
•    AlloCiné – France, Germany, Spain, U.K. 
•    Antena 3 – Spain
•    Astral Media’s Disney XD – Canada
•    AT&T** – U.S.
•    BBC – U.K.
•    blinkbox – U.K.
•    Bravo – U.S.
•    BSkyB** – U.K.
•    Canal+* – France, Spain
•    Channel 4 – U.K.
•    Channel 5 – U.K.
•    CinemaNow (Best Buy) – U.S.
•    Comcast – U.S.
•    Crackle – Australia, Canada, U.K., U.S.
•    Dailymotion – Available in 32 markets  
•    EPIX – U.S.
•    ESPN** – U.S.
•    Facebook** – Available in all 35 Xbox LIVE markets
•    FOXTEL** – Australia
•    GolTV – Spain
•    HBO GO – U.S.
•    Hulu – Japan
•    Hulu +**– U.S.
•    iHeartRadio (Clear Channel) – U.S.
•    Last.fm** – U.K., U.S.
•    LOVEFiLM – Germany, U.K. 
•    Manga Entertainment – U.S.
•    Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment/Real Sports – Canada
•    MediaSet – Italy
•    MSN with MSNBC.com – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, U.K.   
•    MUZU.TV – France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K.
•    Netflix**– Canada, U.S.
•    Rogers On Demand Online (RODO) – Canada
•    RTVE – Spain
•    SBS On Demand – Australia
•    Syfy – U.S.
•    Telefonica – Spain
•    Televisa – Mexico  
•    “The Today Show” – U.S.
•    TELUS** – Canada
•    TMZ – U.S.
•    Twitter** – Available in all 35 Xbox LIVE markets
•    UFC – Canada, U.S.
•    Verizon – U.S.
•    VEVO – Canada, U.K., U.S.
•    VimpelCom** – Russia
•    Vodafone Portugal** – Portugal
•    YouTube – Available in 22 markets
•    ZDF – Germany
•    Zune** – Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain

** Denotes existing partners on Xbox LIVE available today.

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