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Microsoft Preps Major Update to Xbox 360, Pay TV Expected

Software giant Microsoft is planning to dish out a new Dashboard update for its Xbox Live platform in November, which might bring live TV to the platform.

Sources have told Bloomberg (opens in new tab) that the company, in an effort to expand the entertainment services on the Xbox 360 console, is in talks with Comcast and Verizon Communications to offer their pay TV services on the platform.

Microsoft is also in talks with around two dozen music, sports, TV shows and movies providers in the United States and Europe in order to ready the service before it launches the update in November.

The company is trying to turn Xbox 360 into the ultimate home entertainment system, offering gaming, music, movies and TV shows from a single system. Earlier, Microsoft had detailed its plans for integrating TV services with Xbox.

The company also plans to integrate its Bing search with Xbox Live, allowing users to conduct voice searches using the Kinect motion sensing gaming technology.

“We all know the frustrations of using guides and menus and controllers, and we think a better way to do all of this is simply to bring Bing and voice to Xbox. You say it, Xbox finds it,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said during a conference for developers held some time back.

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