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Xbox Live IPTV service rumoured

Paid streaming system 'Diamond' may launch November

Microsoft's impending pre-E3 conference may feature the unveiling of a television streaming service, according to press rumours.

'Xbox LIVE Diamond' is alleged to be the name of a new IPTV service for the US, with whispers also suggesting it would entail a subscription fee.

Claimed an unnamed source to WinRumours, "Microsoft is currently in last minute negotiations to secure the necessary agreements in time. Apple is in a similar position, speaking to several media groups ahead of its iCloud announcement on Monday."

Gameplaytoday also claimed to have heard of Diamond's existence, and that November 15 may be its launch date.

An Xbox IPTV service has long been rumoured, previously under the codename Project Orapa (referring to an African diamond-mining town).

Microsoft already offers an IPTV service of sorts in the UK, but to Sky customers only. The Diamond whispers currently bear no mention of the new service reaching other territories.

The Microsoft press conference, potentially with the Diamond reveal and also a new Halo title if other prevalent rumours hold water, starts at 6.00PM CET tonight.

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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game5 years ago
So the question would be what would this offer that cable doesn't? Here in the UK we have Sky player, but it's really a free extention of your existing sky subscription. To sell a seperate service, it will need to offer something cable doesn't.
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Paul Leather Studying Mulitimedia Computing, University of Central Lancashire5 years ago
Possibly it would offer a month to month rolling contract but, if they sell the service full price with a small fraction of channels like sky player offers to non subscribers, then it will be a flop. I have sky already so its all good :D
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Joe Winkler trained retail salesman, Expert5 years ago
@Andrew:
I think MS will lounch this exclusivly for the states - again. In Germany it would be a very good way to watch TV. I would prefer a TV service via the 360 for a small fee. Consider the costs of a cable or satelite receiver with hdmi e.g. for nearly 150 I would be happy to have a similar service on my gaming console without the need of new peripheral.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Joe Winkler on 6th June 2011 11:44am

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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game5 years ago
I suppose there's a difference. In the UK a sky or cable box tends to be free when you sign up as long as you tie in for a year, and the installation is somewhere between free and 30 depending on the deal, so here at least hardware isn't a barrier, the cost of the service and channel selection itself would be the decerning factors.
I guess when I struggle with the need, I'm looking at it from a UK persective, it didn't occur that the boxes would not be free elsewhere. I would guess launching in the UK would mess with the sky player deal anyway.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 5 years ago
Too little and probably too late for Germany at least. CableTV and Internet access are usually already bundled, at least if you want to. Between Telekom and Kabel Deutschland, there isn't much TV Microsoft could offer on its box that people do not already have.

Why pay a fee to MS, when you could pay the fee to your cable provider or isp? The hardware is usually for free, in contrast to an Xbox. If you live in an area where you need a satellite receiver to watch TV, you do not have more than 3-6Mbit anyway. For your HD fix, you have to go to Astra satellite services. For your basic TV needs you have DVB-T.

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James Prendergast Research Chemist 5 years ago
Usually, as well, if you have a high bandwidth/speed line then you already have TV and a landline phone tied into that service. I really never saw the need of offering TV on the consoles as well because their offerings were always inferior and, at least on the 360, i'm pretty sure required you to pay more money because Gold subscriptions were required.
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Paul Smith Studying Animation, Academy of Art University5 years ago
To all the morons out there that are willing to at least pay for it. I say MS go for it!
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Steven Anderson Studying Computer game technology, University of Abertay Dundee5 years ago
live tv... do people still do that? With on demand what's the point?
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