Microsoft certainly had a great 2009 when it came to offering more for the Xbox 360 and its Live users, for a while now they have been wanting us to think of the games consoles as not just a gaming machine for teenagers, but also a media portal for our parents. The latest news that the Xbox is to offer ESPN streaming is proof of that.
Microsoft is now holding talks with Walt Disney, According to The New York Times; those close to the deal are unwilling to offer any details on the deal. According to the article, the new ESPN Xbox 360 service will be much like the one that some Internet Service Providers offer to its customers.
However, the Xbox Live version could go much further by offering interactive games and much more. ESPN has yet to comment on these talks, but we do not see why this would not happen, after all the Xbox 360 now offers Netflix streaming, we would not have thought that 2 years ago.
Just think how much revenue this could bring to ESPN as Xbox Live already has at least 20 million users connected to the service. The Sony PS3 already offers a similar service, as users can watch BBC shows, as well as offer streamed content from Netflix. We recently mentioned that the Nintendo Wii is to begin offering the Netflix service as well.
There seems to be no shortage to the companies who want to sign up to a partnership with these games consoles, it is said that at least 60 percent of U.S. homes have a games console, this is up from 44 percent three years ago.
For further details visit The New York Times.