I switched on my Xbox this morning and was pleasantly surprised to see a big fat Youtube banner on the apps page – which means the rest of Microsoft’s digital video on demand services have gone live. There is, of course, a caveat in that as usual, some services are only available in certain countries.
Here’s what’s working where.
Here’s a list of new video apps available on the new dashboard.
– blinkbox (UK): blinkbox gives access to a wide range of movies online. With more than 10,000 movies titles movie fans can watch their favorite films immediately with no additional subscription required.
– iHeartRadio (U.S.): Listen to more than 800 of the nation’s most popular live broadcast radio stations from 150 U.S. cities with iHeartRadio.
– MSN Video (Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico and UK): MSN brings you the latest breaking news, sports, celebrity gossip and more from around the globe.
– MSNBC.com (U.S.): MSNBC.com bring you the best of NBC News, MSNBC, Fox Sports, Access Hollywood, original programming and more, on-demand and up-to-date 24/7/365.
– MUZU.TV (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and UK): MUZU.TV the music video site, offers nearly 80,000 music videos at your command. Brand new releases from the world’s biggest artists, great music videos from every decade, up and coming bands and the latest music news and interviews.
– Rogers On Demand (Canada): Rogers On Demand provides select TV shows and movies to everyone for FREE. Rogers customers can also catch up on their favorite premium programming anytime, from anywhere in Canada.
– SBS ON DEMAND (Australia): SBS ON DEMAND is a catch up TV service that lets you watch full episodes, of your favorite SBS television programs.
– TMZ (Canada, U.S.): Your all-access pass to the latest TMZ entertainment stories and breaking news videos everyone is talking about!
– RTVE (Spain): Complete episodes from series, news programs, documentaries and the best Spanish audiovisual content from RTVE.
– Verizon FiOS TV (U.S.): Get Verizon FiOS TV with 26 live channels like MTV, Spike, Food Network, Comedy Central, HBO, CNN and Nickelodeon – with more to come. Plus with Kinect, change channels with your voice.
– YouTube (Available in 24 countries globally**): From your favorite web original video to gaming tips, a universe of compelling content is available through YouTube on Xbox LIVE.
I tried out my Mrs’ South African based Xbox Live account – and am delighted to inform you that Youtube works on Gold ZA accounts – and it’s pretty slick and comprehensive too. With an interface built around the new Metro dashboard, Youtube allows you to search for videos, or browse them by rating an category. You can select videos and tag them for later viewing, making your looking for animals doing stupid stuff online experience even better. There’s no voice search for Youtube though – so you’ll have to use your controller, a keyboard – or put your arms in the air like you just don’t care.
Of course, thanks to their online browsers, the PS3 and even the Wii have had Youtube for years. Now how about some other, less savoury online video repositories eh? No?
Last Updated: December 14, 2011