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Watch Live Television On Xbox This Fall

by Ben Reeves on Jun 06, 2011 at 07:23 AM

During Microsoft’s E3 press conference Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Xbox LIVE, Marc Whitten, got onstage to talk about the new Kinect supported Xbox experience, which the company will be rolling out this fall – a service that will give users the ability to watch live television.

This fall, Microsoft will deliver a new Microsoft dashboard tailored for Kinect users. Using any combination of a controller, gestures, or voice commands players will be able to navigate the dashboard and find their console content. This new dashboard with allow users to search for games, movies, and music using Microsoft’s Bing search engine. For example, search for LEGO, and Bing will pull up all the LEGO games available through the Xbox’s Live service. Search for X-Men, and Bing will retrieve all the X-Men shows available through the service.

Whitten also talked about Xbox Live’s new YouTube support, which rolls into Microsoft’s other big announcement – live television support. Microsoft is partnering with several television broadcast stations to allow Xbox Live users to watch TV as it airs through Xbox Live. A Kinect enabled interface will also help users pause, play, and navigate what they want to watch. This new Xbox experience will launch this fall, and we can’t wait to check it out.