Microsoft might be about to announce the inclusion of some kind of Sky
, to give it it's Sunday name) functionality in the Xbox 360.
This comes from a report over on television industry news site, Rapid TV News, which states, "the long-awaited link up between BSkyB and Microsoft’s X-Box is at last going to happen".
The credibility of the rumour is helped by the fact that tomorrow Microsoft will be hosting a press event to announce a partnership that it says is, "sure to keep TV fans glued to Xbox LIVE."
It's a move that could provide Sky
with a means to reinvigorate waning viewing figures, as a substantial slice of TV audiences have shifted their leisure time to video gaming. Importantly for Microsoft, it would be a major boost to the 360's credentials as a multimedia box, and more than slap in the face for Sony's PlayTV. This is, of course, assuming that a reasonably comprehensive service is provided - such an Xbox 360 version of the Sky Player
's on-demand service currently only available on PCs or Macs equipped with Windows Media Player or Microsoft's Silverlight.
How this will fit with supposed emergence of BT Vision IPTV on the 360
- something that was supposed to happen last summer - is unclear.
We can, of course, speculate until the cows come home. There should be hard facts tomorrow, though, so keep your eyes on SPOnG.Source: Rapid TV News