Xbox Live Was In Talks With Conan O'Brien
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.