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Old November 30 2010, 01:37 AM   #63
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Microsoft XBox in 2012 with a la carte programming

Microsoft is in talks with HBO and Showtime to broadcast and sell a la carte video through the XBox.

The software powerhouse has held talks with TV networks to create a new subscription-based TV service on its Xbox gaming console
a service may not arrive for another 12 months, but early discussions have been productive.
One scenario under consideration by Microsoft is to create a new TV service on its Xbox gaming console that would establish a "virtual cable operator." The service would charge a monthly fee for access through the Xbox to networks such as ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, ESPN or CNN, according to two sources familiar with the plans.
Microsoft is also exploring the possibility of creating programing packages for customers, setting up a bundle of sports or children shows, for example, these people said.
In addition, it could sell more individual channels, such as an HBO or Showtime, directly to subscribers. It already has Walt Disney Co's ESPN on the Xbox Live online service.
Nov 29, 2010
Reuters report

Looks like Hulu, Google TV, Netflix, and Microsoft are all trying to be the next top streaming provider. 2012 looks like the big shakeout year for HD video streaming and ala carte programming.

For better or worse, the “channel” – meaning a group of programs that appear one after the other interspersed with commercials – may be going away.

Perhaps a tier of the future could be VOD-only, where you purchase programs either individually or on a metered basis rather than accept them in a linear stream.
The very heart of what this thread is about...

By 2014 or 2015 it may be a new landscape and a Trek series may not go to a linear TV channel but rather a Trek exclusive on-demand channel on Microsoft's XBOX Live HD network and a couple of other providers.

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