Microsoft Announce Over 40 New Worldwide TV Partners for Xbox 360

Microsoft have today announced that they're bringing dozens of new TV experiences to the Xbox 360, with over 50 TV providers now supporting the console in over 20 countries including the likes of Bravo, Comcast, HBO GO, Verizon FiOS and Syfy in the U.S.; BBC TV and radio and Channel 4 and 5 in the U.K.; Telefónica in Spain; Rogers On Demand in Canada; Televisa in Mexico; ZDF in Germany; and MediaSet in Italy.

Such an announcement has been a long time coming, with Microsoft announcing at E3 earlier this year that they are teaming up with a number of partners to bring services such as UFC, YouTube and Live TV to the console.

Verizon have announced that their application, providing a multichannel experienced with a selection of top rated high definition content, will be fully Kinect compatible as well as Xfinity, whose first console experience will be fully voice and gesture compatible. Consumers in the UK have had access to a Kinect-powered Live TV experience via the Sky Go application for a while now, and Microsoft are likely to expand that to virtually all of their new services.

And of course all of the available content will be searchable with the upcoming Bing Voice search.

“Today’s announcement is a major step toward realizing our vision to bring you all the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, made easy,” said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft.

“Combining the world’s leading TV and entertainment providers with the power of Kinect for Xbox 360 and the intelligence of Bing voice search will make TV and entertainment more personal, social and effortless.”

It's unclear exactly when consumers will get their hands on the services, but they'll likely all roll out this fall once the new Dashboard is released.

Check out the full press release and list of partners here.

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