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Topic: Microsoft Planning an Exclusive TV Channel?
Posted By: JasonSGN
Subject: Microsoft Planning an Exclusive TV Channel?
Date Posted: 12-02-2010 at 9:29am

Microsoft planning an exclusive TV channel for Xbox Live subscribers?


While gaming consoles have been adding existing video services to their roster of Internet content — like Netflix’s on-demand video streaming — http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-04-21/chernin-said-to-pitch-tv-channel-for-microsoft-s-xbox-live-gaming-platform.html - Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft may have a slightly different idea in mind for its Xbox Live subscribers.

The tech giant is mulling a dedicated TV channel that will be available to exclusively to Xbox 360 gamers, possibly with the Xbox Live subscription going up $1 or $2 per month. At least that was a proposal from Peter Chernin, a former News Corp. president who is pitching the channel idea.

The channel would offer a mix of new shows and reruns, though there’s no info on exactly what content would appear. Chernin has a deal with Fox’s TV and movie arm, so presumably that studio’s assets would be involved. He even approached Conan O’Brien about the channel before the late-night host was wooed by TBS.

Generally, premium content needs to be of high quality and in scarce supply in order to succeed, so Chernin and Microsoft would really need to come up with something major in order to get subscribers stoked about upping their $7.99 monthly subscriptions. Any ideas of what they could do with a TV channel that would justify the rate increase? Let us know in the Comments section.

Source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/home-theater/microsoft-planning-an-exclusive-tv-channel-for-xbox-live-subscribers/4433 - ZDNet.com



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Posted By: JasonSGN
Date Posted: 12-02-2010 at 8:37pm
Hopefully it's better than G4TV.

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Posted By: Mike_S
Date Posted: 12-02-2010 at 10:08pm
G4TV just got pulled off of DirecTV, due to "low ratings and viewer interest" per the DirecTV programming chief.  Not that I love the channel, but disappointing given the live E3 coverage!!


Posted By: Brent
Date Posted: 12-03-2010 at 1:07am
G4TV hardly does games anymore.  Outside of E3 coverage and X-play all I ever see on G4 is Cops.




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