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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

October 5, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Microsoft and Verizon announce deal to stream cable TV content via Xbox

Verizon and Microsoft announced this morning an agreement that brings the cable company’s content to Xbox 360.

“Using a Verizon-developed software application, FiOS TV and Internet customers who are also Xbox LIVE Gold members will be able to view popular live TV channels through their Xbox consoles without any extra hardware required,” according to the news release. “This holiday, Verizon will bring a selection of popular live TV channels to Xbox 360 and will be a leader in delivering live, multichannel streaming HD TV, integrated with Kinect, via the Xbox.”

This appears to be the first of a series of announcements that, according to an AllThingsD report, are expected this morning about new live TV features on the Xbox.

The news release did not include any details about pricing. But it appears that users will already have to be paying for cable TV in order to also get the content through the Xbox.

My colleague, Brier Dudley, wrote earlier about a Bloomberg story that reported Comcast and Verizon’s FiOS service will require users of the new service to prove they are already paying for cable TV.

“My guess is that you’ll be able to get cable TV content through your Xbox 360 if you already have the service coming into your house,” he wrote. “I wonder if the cable companies will charge a monthly fee for the console to function as an additional receiver in the home, or perhaps Microsoft will cover that fee for people paying for Xbox Live Gold subscriptions.”

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