XBox Turning into Over the Top TV Solution? XBox Live TV Coming…

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Xbox TV partners

I watch over a lot in the Over the Top Television space. Internet TV, IPTV, whatever you want to call it, it’s a great way to get watchable content without having a full cable lineup.

Last week, Steve Ballmer announced their TV initiative over XBox Live. Over 40 providers have signed up for this venture, including Comcast, HBO, BBC, Rodgers on Demand (Canada), Televisa (Mexico), and other countries including Germany and Italy (20 in all). Best part, if you already have an XBox 360, you have the hardware to do this.

“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.” – Press Release

Add to conventional TV line-up the on-line video providers like Crackle, YouTube, Zune and more. Then there is audio content from Last.fm and iHeartRadio. Finally, Social networks like Twitter and Facebook to round off the service.

The Game System that Became More

Whereas companies like Roku that integrated smaller games like Angry Birds, XBox won’t have that problem. It’s a game system over a TV content distributor. You can play Gears of War, Tweet about it, then watch a video on how to play Gears of War (or another show).

Unified Dashboard in XBox Live

With the unified dashboard (looking similar to the Zune software), you can browse your shows, play the games, work your social networks and more. You will connect to the Comcast Xfinity service to get all that service has to offer.

Getting Rid of the Remote with Kinect

This might be the best part about the XBox TV. By using voice controls and your Kinect, you can gesture to a channel, play, pause and move on. It might get harry if you have more than one person wanting to watch different shows. Still, could you imagine a world without a remote control?

It won’t all be free, though.

Right now, to get HBO Go, you need to have a cable subscription with HBO. I don’t expect that to change anytime soon – especially with channels like HuluPlus. Of course, that is just like many of the OTT systems out there. Pay for a subscription and get the content.

Once again, there could be conflict if you have multiple family members where one wants to play a game and the other wants to watch a movie. So this might not replace a cable box or DVR just yet.

The Xbox Live TV service is expected to come out before the holiday season. The announcement comes before then so you can plan purchasing an XBox 360 or Kinect system for your loved ones to connect up quick. While the OTT solution is more pricey than a Roku or Apple TV, it does do more than just watch video, view pictures or listen to music. It also has some great game titles. It also has a new way to browse through your content.

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GNC-2010-11-08 #625 Back in the Saddle

Feels good to be back in the full swing of the show. I am having a great trip here in Albuquerque and really enjoying myself, will be doing an Ohana meet up this coming Friday. If you want to come out to dinner and your in the local area drop me an email so I can pass location and time.

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RockMelt Social Browser.
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Windows Phone 7 Launch and 2000 Apps.
7 Facebook Unfriending rules.
Google TV Gateway Fancast.com Blocked.
Nokia Shakes up Symbian Foundation.
Free Airborne Wifi On Google.
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TSA ban Toner and Ink.
Creative Commons big win in Belgium.
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Burglary Suspect Idiot.
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Laptops as Ovens.
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Where Will Zune Go Now?

With the impending release of Windows Phone 7 rumored to be October 11 or 25, depending on who you want to listen to, what is being overshadowed in the next version of Zune.

A new version of the Zune software is coming pre-Windows Phone.  We do know that.  There have been some leaks about what will be in this supposed version 4.7.  It will include syncing for the new Phone and apps for said phone.  It will divide movies into DRM-free and Purchase categories.  It will track past purchases and make them available for streaming.  Biggest of all, for many users, will be the integration of Xbox 360.  Supposedly you will be able to continue a game on your phone that you saved on your Xbox.  I am sure that will be huge for the gamers among us.

What isn’t entirely clear is where the Zune hardware will go.  Will the software integration into the phone make the stand-alone Zunes disappear?  That would be a shame.  I, for one, prefer having the separate device.  Even though my phone plays media very well, I don’t want to use it’s battery for that purpose.  Microsoft already eliminated all but the Zune HD with last year’s lineup refresh.

Will they continue to sell the Zune HD, and update it’s software to be compatible with Windows Phone 7 apps (if that’s even possible)?  If they can, and do, do this then it’s a credible competitor to the iPod Touch (providing the apps are built).

It seems unlikely that Microsoft will bring back the smaller Zune version that was sold the past 2 years, even though Apple continues to get mileage out of it’s competitor, the Nano.

We are coming down to the wire now and should have most, if not all, of these answers within the next month.  I am still using, and loving, my Zune and hoping for the best here.  It seems like it may be on shaky ground though.  I won’t be shocked (only disappointed) if Zune becomes a software-only item.

GNC-2010-09-21 #612 Go Ivi Go!

We knew this was coming, Ivi is in a battle for their survival. I am going to do my best to do a interview with their CEO this week to have available on the The Morning Tech Show. I am at a turning point with the Podcast Awards, info in todays show, plus how your host is operating with a scratched eyeball all that and more in the show.

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TMS-2010-09-11 #1 China Will buy them!

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Rob Greenlee – Zune Podcast Manager
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Some of the Topics Covered!
Whats happening at Zune
Whats going on at SDR News
Announcement Andy?
Dedicated Servers and Their Challenges
Amazon Micro Instances
Apple Reverse Course
Google TV
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GoDaddy is on the block
Death of the RSS Aggregator
Robbery and Facebook

GNC-2010-09-10 #609 Morning Tech Show to Launch!

The Morning Tech Show launches on Saturday with guest Rob Greenlee, Podcast Director at Zune & Andy McCaskey of SDR News. We will start at 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern for a variety of topics, some surrounding tech and other topics of interest. Join me here at GeekNewsCentral.com We will have a variety of guest on week to week.

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GNC-2010-05-28 #579 Where is the Gremlin

I swear if it is not one thing it is another. You will get the low down mid-show, but I am batting a thousand here the last couple of shows. Feel like a total Rookie.. I am being tested and reminded that no mater what you do the machines have a mind of their own from time to time.. It’s just how the ball bounces really. Fun for all in this show that’s for sure.

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GNC-2009-12-18 #537 Yes I am still Here!

Ok folks I am still here, while I do not want to go into the circumstances of the emergency travel it appears at this point that we probably will not have to go anywhere. I cover a huge amount of ground in tonights show and there is a wealth of information about what is coming up next. Thanks to the listeners that have signed up for monthly contributions it is heart warming to see how much you care. I will continue to do my best in delivering you the most content of any tech show in the space.

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GNC-2009-10-12 #519 Off to Vegas!

Ok folks one show at home and then off to Vegas, there will be no Friday show this week due to BlogWorld and New Media Expo make sure you check out some podcasts over at TechPodcasts.com. I will be back with you from Florida a week from today with a early evening live show.

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