The Xbox 360 Media Revolution

[Update: See a walkthrough of the YouTube, Dailymotion, MSNBC Xbox 360 app.]

One of the biggest launches this Holiday season isn’t going to be a physical one. The Xbox 360 2011 dashboard update brings in many changes not only from an aesthetic perspective but more importantly from an interactive perspective.

With millions of Xbox 360s around the world this dashboard update will mark the beginning of the Smart TV revolution. Devices like Apple TV, Roku, and Boxee have for years fought a long and hard battle to gain market share in this arena but the Xbox 360 already has a vast penetration and all Microsoft has to do is flip a switch and a the battle has been won. Of course for now the Xbox 360 is still going to be a very closed platform so there is still plenty of potential in Roku and Boxee to remain great alternative options for cable TV cord cutters.

Over the next year in 2012, we’ll see a true transformation of the Xbox 360 from a hardcore gaming platform into a mainstream entertainment hub. Best of all for non-gamers they won’t be forced into using the Xbox 360 to control this experience. Of course the Xbox 360 has its media center remote controller, but what is truly going to be amazing about this experience is using the Kinect as well as your Windows Phone to control the everything.

Using the Windows Phone as a touchscreen Xbox 360 controller:

On December 6, 2011 Xbox 360 owners will be able to download the free new update that will allow their Xbox 360 to be transformed into this new media hub. Also on the same day the Xbox Companion app will be released on Windows Phone 7 that will allow people to use the touch screen to control their Xbox dashboard.

But the revolution doesn’t stop there. Over the course of 2012, there will be new media apps and new ways that you can interact with your content. For example take the video below that shows the possibilities of mixing the Windows Phone with gaming on the Xbox 360.

Transfering your Kinectimals pet:

December 6, 2011 is going to be a day that marks a shift in how we consume and interact with media. We’ll be covering the launch and seeing whether or not it was worth the wait.

The following Xbox 360 apps will be available as dated below:

Dec. 6:

EPIX. United States
ESPN on Xbox LIVE (ESPN). United States

Hulu. Japan
Hulu Plus. United States

LOVEFiLM. United Kingdom

Netflix. Canada, United States
Premium Play by (MediaSet). Italy

Sky Go (SkyDE). Austria, Germany

Telefónica España – Movistar Imagenio. Spain
TODAY (MSNBC). United States

Later in December:

4 on Demand (C4). United Kingdom
ABC iView (Australian Broadcasting Corp.). Australia
AlloCiné. France (AlloCiné), Germany (Filmstarts), Spain (Sensacine), United Kingdom (Screenrush)
Astral Media’s Disney XD (Astral Media). Canada
blinkbox (Blinkbox). United Kingdom
Crackle (Sony Pictures). Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States
Dailymotion. Available in 32 countries globally
Demand 5 (Five). United Kingdom
DIGI+ (CANAL+). Spain
GolTV (Mediapro). Spain
iHeartRadio (Clear Channel). United States
Mediathek/ZDF (ZDF). Germany
MSN. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, United Kingdom
MSNBC.com. United States
MUZU.TV. Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
ninemsn. Australia
Real Sports (Maple Leaf Sports). Canada
Rogers On Demand Online (Rogers Media). Canada
SBS ON DEMAND. Australia
TMZ (Warner Bros.). Canada, United States
TVE (RTVE.es). Spain
UFC on Xbox LIVE (UFC). Canada, United States
Verizon FiOS TV. United States
VEVO. Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, United States
Vudu (Wal-Mart). United States
YouTube. Available in 24 countries globally

March 2012:
HBO GO (HBO). United States
MLB.TV (MLB Advanced Media).
Xfinity On Demand (Comcast). United States

Early 2012:
Antena 3 (Antena 3 de Televisión). Spain
BBC (BBC). United Kingdom
CinemaNow (Best Buy). United States
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States
Telenovelas/Sports (Televisa). Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom

2012:
FOX broadcast programming
The Wall Street Journal
Fox News Channel
IGN

3 thoughts on “The Xbox 360 Media Revolution

  1. Hopefully  they will release a “Kongregate App”..Aswell as utilizing one’s personal “Steam” account integration. The fun it’ll be to play various flash games as well as PC exclusives. I’m still annoyed though that consoles haven’t considered “RSS Feeds” applications. And a more quicker way of accessing various email accounts. Thus downloading emails to a console. Favorite emails could then be printed which would come in handy when using the internet to make an airline reservation or hotel reservation. I can imagine these apps “GMX mail, Gmail, YahooMail, OperaWebmail, AOLwebmail, & Hotmail. Which of course belongs to Microsoft. Finally I would love to see a “LastPass application” with Xmarks integration so that that any bookmarks & passwords I frequently use on my PC would be easily accessible on my XBOX 360 or PS3. 
    Hey thanks for allowing my comment wishing you Happy Holidays to you & all your friends & family. It’s really sad this year is nearly over. “December 13th 2011 @9:16am central time”.