As of today, 0ctober 15th, 2010, the Xbox 360 you have the ability to watch cable television via your console!
AT&T announced Thursday that its U-verse
TV service will be available over Xbox Live. This makes your Xbox 360 console able to operate as a cable box. Using this service, you will have access to standard and HD programming, and as many channel options as typically comes with a standard cable service. Gamers will receive notifications and alerts as they occur on screen just as if they were playing a game (this can, of course, be turned off).
This is surely a landmark for gamers and gaming alike. This more than makes up for the 360's lack of Blu-ray compatibility...
There is, as you've surely guessed, a price attached to this new compatibility, though.
On top of the monthly subscription to this service (A glance at the U-verse website places the fee well in line with today's TV provider standards. Dish Network (also partnered with AT&T)'s prices came to mind) one must first purchase the special Xbox kit from AT&T for $99 and have a technician install it for you.
Wow, this and knowing we have ESPN coming for no extra charge! I think this is going to be a fantastic time for Microsoft, gamers, and gaming in general.
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