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Microsoft and Time Warner Cable Announce Xbox 360 Deal

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All your TWC channels on your Xbox. Because why not?

If one thing was clear from Microsoft's Xbox One event, it was that the Redmond-based company is focusing on the Xbox as an all-in-one entertainment device now more than ever. In keeping with that goal, Microsoft and Time Warner Cable today announced a new deal that will see TWC customers offered access to up to 300 live TV channels through their Xbox 360.

"We are thrilled to partner with Microsoft in expanding the many ways our customers already connect to the content they love through TWC TV," said Mike Angus, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Video for Time Warner Cable. "We look forward to introducing TWC TV to Xbox 360 and providing customers with this new viewing experience within the home. We are very excited about Microsoft’s vision for entertainment and the vast possibilities Xbox offers."

Access to live TV channels will come via the TWC TV app, which will become available on the Xbox 360 in the coming months. The app will be free from the Xbox Live Marketplace, but (obviously) the content you have access to will depend on your Time Warner subscription.

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    tinmann , July 1, 2013 7:40 AM
    *light bulb* Here's something new you should try, a console that plays games. I don't need a new set top box. Wait I don't play console games anyway, Why am I even here? I've turned into a troll.
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    Anomalyx , July 1, 2013 8:37 AM
    So instead of watching Time Warner on your TV like normal, you can buy an Xbox and consume your internet bandwidth to watch it. Brilliant.
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    iamadev , July 1, 2013 9:04 AM
    @anomaly - Welcome to the world of tomorrow.

    It really is crazy how many companies are starting to push for IPTV yet ISPs still want to limit bandwidth. Luckily I will be getting unlimited (no FUP) in a week or so so I can start to really enjoy my Netflix without always thinking about my usage.
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    BulkZerker , July 1, 2013 10:03 AM
    Tinmann is best troll 1thumbupthatcannotbegiven
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    BulkZerker , July 1, 2013 10:03 AM
    Tinmann is best troll 1thumbupthatcannotbegiven
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    TeraMedia , July 1, 2013 12:15 PM
    TWC already offers viewing on most devices - iPads, iPhones, PCs, whatever. So this doesn't seem like a big deal to me; if anything, it means one fewer CableCard-enabled devices I need to rent (whether cards, STBs, or whatever). BW-wise, TWC is also my ISP so they are trading one DSV channel for a corresponding increase in internet traffic. That allows them to spread their DSV channels across a wider market segment, or offer more DSV channels. I don't have a problem with this.

    What I DO have a potential problem with is that now the cable provider - who is also the ISP - knows what I watch, when I watch it, and even on what kind of device. This means more targeted adds, and more split-offs of high-rating content in separate packages so that I have to pay more to get the things I want to watch instead of just the crap they send everyone.
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    alextheblue , July 1, 2013 5:33 PM
    If I had Time Warner, this would actually save me about $60 a year in STB rental fees. More if you use an HD box. Heck, if there was a similar deal with FiOS I'd be all over it.
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    aracheb , July 2, 2013 7:26 AM
    thumbs up to tinmann, best troll around
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    computerguy72 , July 4, 2013 10:26 AM
    My cable box from Time Warner is the worst piece of trash... ever. If they offer the ability for the Xbox one to either overlay over the existing one then I will get the new XB in a heartbeat. While as stated below TW does let you watch on a variety of devices - for your TV you are stick with the steaming pile of a box they force you into. If you go cablecard to escape 25% of the channels don't work. The XB sounds like a great solution if it works.
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