Xbox 360 IPTV scrapped by Microsoft for now

January 13, 2012

Xbox 360 IPTV scrapped by Microsoft for nowLast year Microsoft made a huge deal about its new IPTV service that would be coming to the Xbox 360. The initiative came from the big man himself, Steve Ballmer. However, it looks like Microsoft may have gotten ahead of itself on this deal.

We have been reporting rumors of that this service would be coming to the Xbox 360 for a couple years now. I was excited about the news when it was officially announced back in October with a long list of content partners. However, there was skepticism around if Microsoft could pull off something others had difficulty doing.

Unfortunately, despite the long list of partners shown during E3, the service went nowhere fast like the Xbox Game Room. Remember when Microsoft promised that 1000 virtual arcade cabinets will be released over a course of three years back in 2010? Well the last update it received was back in 2010 and this news of an IPTV pretty much went the same way.

According to Reuters Microsoft changed its mind about IPTV once the company found out how expensive the TV networks were willing to charge for it. Did Microsoft fall asleep during Hulu’s ordeal with the networks last year?

5 Responses to “Xbox 360 IPTV scrapped by Microsoft for now”

  1. Godless:

    Can’t blame microsoft for knocking it back if the vendors were trying to screw them for having the service.

    Ultimately these greedy fuckers will loose out as people use the consoles more and more happy with the content it does have. Who knows, next gen could see the tables turned, where it’s they that will be paying to be included on the consoles services list.

    Yeah, unlikely I know, but I’d like to see it happen.

  2. phranctoast:

    It was a pretty bad idea anyway. At it’s best it was only worth the price to rent a cable box.

  3. Barnabe Jones:


    For a second there I thought the title was, “Xbox 360 scrapped by Microsoft”.

    Oh well, maybe next time. ;)

  4. Roca.:

    LMAO @ BJ

  5. phranctoast:

    I’m waiting on Microsoft’s Home ripoff. Maybe it will be called Abode.

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