Kinect for Xbox 360 has an update coming today that brings voice control to living room entertainment.
They are launching an all-new Xbox 360 experience including the first group of new, custom applications from world leading TV and entertainment content providers on Xbox LIVE.
You Say It, Xbox Finds It
How long does it take you to search and find your favorite movie or TV show? Do you find yourself searching hundreds of channels and multiple services and TV inputs? What if the entertainment you craved was simple, discoverable and exactly what you wanted at that particular moment?
Last year, Kinect for Xbox 360 boosted controller-free entertainment by letting you use your body and voice to play your favorite games and entertainment, turning you into the controller. Now, they say the power of Kinect combined with the intelligence of Bing search is turning your voice into the ultimate remote control. With Bing on Xbox, you can use your voice to find the games, movies, TV shows and music you want and discover the best offerings on Xbox LIVE, by simply saying what you're searching for. That is sure to annoy the other members of the family, though no more than that annoying Apple feature where you compose your text messages and have to include commands like 'question mark'.
Beginning tomorrow and over the coming weeks, Bing on Xbox voice search will initially be available in English in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. for Zune video, Xbox LIVE Marketplace and select content partners. For those who do not have a Kinect for Xbox 360, text search will be available in Xbox LIVE markets.
Xbox 360 is building on its expansive catalog of movies, sports, television and music available through Hulu Plus, Last.fm, Netflix, Zune music and video and ESPN(R), as well as on its existing lineup of TV providers, such as AT&T U-verse(R) TV in the U.S., TELUS in Canada, BSkyB in the U.K., CANAL+ in France, Vodafone Portugal, VimpelCom in Russia and FOXTEL in Australia, by also now rolling out the following new entertainment partners and apps:
- 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 - Telefonica Espana - Movistar Imagenio. Spain - TODAY (MSNBC). United States
Later in December:
- 4 on Demand (C4). United Kingdom - ABC iView (Australian Broadcasting Corp.). Australia - AlloCine. France (AlloCine), 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
- Antena 3 (Antena 3 de Television). Spain - BBC (BBC). United Kingdom - CinemaNow (Best Buy). United States - HBO GO (HBO). United States - MLB.TV (MLB Advanced Media). 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 - Xfinity On Demand (Comcast). United States
In October, nearly 40 leading TV and entertainment providers around the world announced they would bring customized, voice-controlled experiences to Xbox 360 systems. Today, MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, and VUDU became the latest leading entertainment providers to announce they are bringing their experiences to Xbox 360 consoles. MLB.TV subscribers will be able to access every regular season game, live and on-demand, in HD picture quality with an array of interactive functionalities. VUDU offers more than 45,000 blockbusters, Hollywood classics, independent films and TV shows, including the largest library of HD content available anywhere, with the highest quality streaming and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound. With VUDU, movies are available the same day they are released on DVD and Blu-ray. More information is available at http://www.VUDU.com.