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Xbox launch contributes to record traffic for ISPs in the UK

A number of UK ISPs saw record amounts of internet traffic on November 10 as Microsoft rolled out its latest generation of games consoles.  Virgin Media said that it experienced the highest amount of data consumption on record, with 108 Petabytes of data consumed. This, the operator said, translated to a total of more than […]

Microsoft to offer free Disney+ trial to Game Pass Ultimate subscribers

Microsoft has announced that subscribers to its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate offering will receive a month’s free subscription to Disney+. Game Pass Ultimate is not a cloud streaming service similar to Google Stadia and Amazon Luna. Instead, gamers are able to access a catalogue of more than 400 titles for a flat monthly fee. Microsoft […]

HBO Max, Apple TV, Netflix and other streaming apps confirmed for Xbox Series launch

A week ahead of their launch, Microsoft has confirmed the streaming apps that will be available on its new generation of Xbox consoles.  The company will release its Xbox Series X and Series S consoles on November 10, and announced the list of supported streamers in a blog post. The company confirmed that the big […]

Xbox streaming stick on the horizon?

While Microsoft is on the eve of launching its next-generation Xbox games consoles, that hasn’t stopped the company from teasing additional Xbox-branded products for the TV for release in the not-so-distant future. Speaking to Stratechery, Microsoft head of gaming and Xbox Phil Spencer said that the company could launch a TV stick primarily for the […]

Microsoft out of TikTok running as ByteDance rejects offer

Microsoft has ended its pursuit of TikTok’s US business after Chinese parent company ByteDance rejected its bid. ByteDance is facing a race against time to find a new home for its social media network’s US operations following a promised ban from president Trump. The administration has ordered ByteDance to “divest its ownership” amid concerns over […]

Walmart says it is partnering with Microsoft for TikTok bid

Walmart is partnering with Microsoft on a bid for TikTok’s US operations, the retail giant has said. In a statement to CNBC, the Walton family-controlled Walmart confirmed the move, with spokesman Randy Hargrove saying: “We believe a potential relationship with TikTok US in partnership with Microsoft could add this key functionality and provide Walmart with […]

Twitter reportedly emerges as potential TikTok suitor

Twitter has reportedly held talks with Chinese tech firm ByteDance to buy the US business of social media app TikTok. A number of US firms are circling the app, with president Donald Trump threatening to ban the service should it fail to find a domestic buyer before September 21. The president said that the rapidly […]

Microsoft to discuss purchase of TikTok’ US business as Trump threatens ban

Microsoft said that it will push ahead with talks to acquire TikTok’s US business, as president Donald Trump continues to threaten the Chinese app. The creator-driven, short-form video app TikTok has exploded in popularity over the past 12 months, but there have been a number of security concerns surrounding the data practices of Chinese parent […]

fuboTV launches on Xbox One

US cord-cutting streamer fuboTV has launched its app on Xbox One games consoles, FaceBank Group has announced. The OTT service merged with FaceBank Group in April 2020 in an effort to create a leading digital entertainment company, combining fuboTV’s direct-to-consumer live TV streaming platform for cord-cutters with FaceBank’s technology-driven IP in sports, movies and live […]

NBA teams up with Microsoft for D2C streaming service

The US National Basketball Association (NBA) has teamed up with Microsoft to launch a new direct-to-consumer streaming service as part of a multiyear alliance between the sports body and the tech giant. Microsoft and NBA Digital – an outfit co-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports – will create the planned direct-to-consumer platform on Microsoft […]

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