Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm and Zune Instant-On HD Video to Launch on Xbox Live November 17th

At the NewTeeVee Live conference in San Francisco last week, Microsoft announced that it will launch Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm and "instant-on" HD video from Zune on its Xbox Live service, November 17th. "We're delivering some truly exciting social entertainment experiences to our members," Xbox Live general manager, Marc Whitten, said in a prepared statement. "Xbox Live's differentiator has always been our community, and we've already seen a tremendous response to these features in our public preview. It's the community that drives us forward and allows us to pioneer new ways of connecting people through the entertainment they love."

According to Microsoft, Xbox Live's new Facebook application will allow users to "update your status to share what movie, game or entertainment you're enjoying, connect with friends and view their Facebook stream, status updates and photos on the big screen--all seamlessly integrated and custom-built for Xbox 360," and will also let them compare their Facebook and Xbox Live friends lists so that they can see which of their friends are currently on Xbox Live. The new Twitter app, meanwhile, will allow users to use their Xbox 360 to discover, post and reply to tweets, Microsoft says, as well as view friend profiles, trends and conversations "or search to see who's tweeting about your favorite game." The company says that the new Zune Video on Xbox Live service will offer instant-on, no-buffering HD video in 1080p with 5.1 channel surround sound, and allow viewers to "share the experience with up to seven friends through voice chat and Avatar integration on the TV screen" (note: for more on At the NewTeeVee Live conference in San Francisco last week, Microsoft announced that it will launch Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm and "instant-on" HD video from Zune on its Xbox Live service, November 17th. "We're delivering some truly exciting social entertainment experiences to our members," Xbox Live general manager, Marc Whitten, said in a prepared statement. "Xbox Live's differentiator has always been our community, and we've already seen a tremendous response to these features in our public preview. It's the community that drives us forward and allows us to pioneer new ways of connecting people through the entertainment they love."

According to Microsoft, Xbox Live's new Facebook application will allow users to "update your status to share what movie, game or entertainment you're enjoying, connect with friends and view their Facebook stream, status updates and photos on the big screen--all seamlessly integrated and custom-built for Xbox 360," and will also let them compare their Facebook and Xbox Live friends lists so that they can see which of their friends are currently on Xbox Live. The new Twitter app, meanwhile, will allow users to use their Xbox 360 to discover, post and reply to tweets, Microsoft says, as well as view friend profiles, trends and conversations "or search to see who's tweeting about your favorite game." The company says that the new Zune Video on Xbox Live service will offer instant-on, no-buffering HD video in 1080p with 5.1 channel surround sound, and allow viewers to "share the experience with up to seven friends through voice chat and Avatar integration on the TV screen" (note: for more on Xbox Live's avatar-driven social viewing capabilities, see, for example, the article published on itvt.com, August 18th). And it says that the new Xbox live version of Last.fm will allow users to "skip, 'ban' or 'love' tracks to create personalized music radio stations"; and that the service will also feature built-in "Gamer Stations" that will offer "game-related types of music selected specifically for the gaming community" (note: this feature will be available in the US and the UK).

Microsoft also says that it will be debuting "News and More," a new section of the "Inside Xbox" channel which will transform Xbox Live into a "full-fledged media portal" that will offer a regularly updated stream of content from MSNBC, The New Yorker and Dilbert. "From the launch of Xbox Live nearly seven years ago, to milestones like Video Marketplace, Netflix and the New Xbox Experience, we've continued working toward our vision of connected entertainment for everyone," Whitten continued. "I'm proud to say that next week marks another great stride in fulfilling that promise, and we're already imagining what the future has in store."

The new features will be available only to Xbox Live Gold members. However, from November 20th through 23rd, Xbox Live Silver members will be able to access them free of charge, Microsoft says.

Live's avatar-driven social viewing capabilities, see, for example, the article published on itvt.com, May 6th). And it says that the new Xbox live version of Last.fm will allow users to "skip, 'ban' or 'love' tracks to create personalized music radio stations"; and that the service will also feature built-in "Gamer Stations" that will offer "game-related types of music selected specifically for the gaming community" (note: this feature will be available in the US and the UK).

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