Microsoft In Talks To Provide ESPN Content On Live

by Ben Reeves on Jan 18, 2010 at 01:44 PM

According to NYTimes.com, one of their anonymous sources has said that Microsoft is in talks to strike up a deal with the Walt Disney Company that would let it provide ESPN programming content through Xbox Live. While this deal is very much “in the works,” if it went through, Microsoft would be able to charge a fee to provide certain viewers with live streams of sporting events. This service would be similar to Disney’s already existent ESPN 360.com.

If this is true, it could just be part of a larger agenda Microsoft has to provide Live subscribers with more media content, similarly to what it's already done with Netflix and 1 vs. 100. As NYTimes.com points out, this sounds more like a cable company than a video game service. What do you think? If you had to choose, what kinds of extra services would you like Xbox Live to start offering?