The UK broadcaster Sky has penned a deal with Microsoft to offer its live TV content over Xbox 360 consoles without the requirement of a satellite dish.
Sky Player, the online television service of the broadcaster, will be available on Xbox 360 consoles from the autumn, allowing console owners to access a wide range of live channels and on-demand content.
For a subscription charge yet to be revealed, the new service will let Xbox owners to access entertainment shows, movies, programmes for children, documentaries, as well as Sky Sports; however, the number of channels are likely to be considerably less than those originally available on Sky’s online TV service.
In addition to this, the new service will also allow users to set up real-time communication with each other using their broadband connections, as well as check news and access other on-demand information.
However, the move comes in response to other similar arrangements between Nintendo Wii as well as Sony PlayStation 3 with the BBC, as catch-up TV content on these consoles can be accessed using BBC’s iPlayer.
The new move would surely help Microsoft to expand the role of its Xbox 360 console in overall home entertainment, and thereby help it to grab more market share in game consoles category.
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The tie-up between Microsoft and Sky is an interesting one and provides with an alternative to BBC's iPlayer. However it doesn't offer video on demand as far as we can see which is a shame. It will also save the cost of installation and a new set top box for Sky.