Microsoft to run Shazam-enabled ad

Microsoft has teamed up with Shazam to run a new Shazam-enabled TV ad campaign in the UK for the Internet Explorer browser. When viewers the ‘Beauty of the Web’ advert featuring the track Too Close by musician Alex Clare, they can use the Shazam app to interact with the ad. The 30- and 60-second ads […]

Microsoft introduces Xbox SmartGlass

Microsoft has unveiled SmartGlass for Xbox, a new product designed to allow the games console’s users to transfer videos between different devices as well as to control video games from smartphones and tablets. Xbox SmartGlass will be available for Windows 8 PCs, Windows phones and will also be made available on the Android and iOS […]

VIDEO: iPlayer launches on Xbox Live

The BBC’s on-demand platform iPlayer has launched on Microsoft’s Xbox Live games console platform in the UK, meaning it is now available on every major gaming platform. The service is available free of charge. Today’s Xbox Live launch, together with the launch on Sky later this year, will bring iPlayer to millions of new users […]

Microsoft’s web TV plans on hold

Microsoft has put its proposed online subscription video platform on hold, according to news agency Reuters.
 Microsoft is understood to have concerns about the cost of licensing content having concluded talks with a number of potential programming partners. It was hoping to offer current shows and live channels. The company has recently turned its focus […]

Microsoft seeking exec to develop original content

Technology company Microsoft is looking to hire a television executive to develop original content for its Xbox Live service. The company has reportedly approached two former NBC executives, former president of west coast business operations at NBC Entertainment Marc Graboff and former NBC Universal TV Entertainment president Jeff Gaspin, about the role and has hired […]

Microsoft acquires VideoSurf for XBox 360 video search

Microsoft has acquired California-based video discovery specialsit VideoSurf and plans to integrate the latter’s technology into the XBox 360 and XBox Live platform. VideoSurf, which was backed by a raft of investors including Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg, Current Media founder Al Gore and CEO Joel Hyatt, Pitango Venture Capital […]

Sky Deutschland takes Sky Go to Xbox 360

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has signed a deal with Microsoft to bring its OTT Sky Go service to the Xbox 360. Sky Go offers various content including live football matches and premium movies via mobile devices including iPads and iPhones. The service will be available to Xbox Live Gold members with a Sky […]

Microsoft names European content partners for XBox Live TV

  The BBC, Lovefilm, Telefónica and Mediaset will be amongst the European content providers offering services on Microsoft’s Xbox Live TV service when it launches this autumn. Microsoft has announced over 40 global content partners for the service that will be available on XBox 360 games consoles connected to the internet. Other partners announced today […]

Microsoft reportedly in talks with Lovefilm for XBox Live service

Microsoft is in talks to offer online pay TV services via the Xbox 360 games console from media companies including the UK’s Lovefilm, according to a report by the Bloomberg news service, citing sources with knowledge of the situation. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft may announce an expanded XBox Live service as early as this week, […]

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