Yahoo Screen App brings 'Community' to Xbox 360
If you never cared about Yahoo's video app before, the company's recent announcement that it's producing the sixth season of "Community" may change your mind. Now Yahoo is bringing its free Yahoo Screen app to Xbox 360 so you can enjoy Dan Harmon's comedic stylings from the comfort of your couch.
Yahoo Screen has gone through several mutations, from its humble beginnings as a Youtube-like video sharing service in 2006 to its current iteration as a host for syndicated videos and clips from networks like Comedy Central, NBC, Buzzfeed and The Onion. Yahoo Screen also hosts a small amount of Yahoo original content, most notably Ben Stiller's "Burning Love" spoof dating show.
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This is a big step as Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is hoping to make a push into streaming original content. Competitors like Netflix have seen great success with original shows such as "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black" and Amazon is also trying out its own original content with titles like "Transparency" and "Alpha House."
Community is not the only new show coming to Yahoo Screen. "Freaks and Geeks" creator and director of "Bridesmaids" Paul Feig will produce "Other Space," a show about misfit space adventurers who inadvertently wander into an alternate universe. Mike Tollin, executive producer of "Smallville" and "One Tree Hill" will also be working on "Sin City Saints" which details an entrepreneur from Silicon Valley who tries to found an expansion basketball team in Las Vegas.
Yahoo Screen is already available on iOS and Android, and after its recent migration to Xbox 360,we expect it to hit even more platforms. The current Screen functionality is a little bare bones. Even after signing in with a Yahoo account, you cannot favorite channels or shows and are mostly dependent on the home screen and search function to discover new content.
The sixth season of Community is not slated to arrive until this fall at the earliest, so until then you can entertain yourself with old clips of "Saturday Night Live," "The Daily Show" or just some cute clips of kittens.