Is this the beginning of a fundamental change in the way we receive and watch programming?
Ohhh, this could be interesting!
“Rapid TV News understands that the long-awaited link up between BSkyB and Microsoft’s X-Box is at last going to happen. Full details will be announced tomorrow (Friday, May 29). The unveiling “Experience the Vision’ press event will explain more.” – RapidTVNews.com
From microsoft.com: “REDMOND, Wash. — May 26, 2009 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the evolution of Zune, the company’s end-to-end music and entertainment service, to a new platform and new markets. Zune will extend its video service to Xbox LIVE internationally this fall. This marks an important development in the Zune strategy and brings the Zune brand to more than 17 million international Xbox LIVE subscribers. In addition, Microsoft confirmed the next generation of the Zune portable media player, Zune HD. Available in the U.S. this fall, Zune HD is the first portable media player that combines a built-in HD Radio receiver, high-definition (HD) video output capabilities, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) touch screen, Wi-Fi and an Internet browser.”
From the Windows Home Server Team Blog:
“We are pleased to announce Windows Home Server Power Pack 2. Power Pack 2 fixes known issues and adds new features to improve the Windows Home Server experience. Enhancements include: Improvements to remote access configuration, enhanced functionality for computers running Windows Media Center, and content streaming support for Windows Media Center Extenders. Power Pack 2 adds Italian language support on new home servers.
Power Pack 2 will be made available via Windows Update. Users need to have Windows Home Server with Power Pack 1 already installed on their home server. Power Pack 2 will automatically install as part of Windows Update if Automatic Updates is enabled on the home server. (How to turn on automatic updates.) The English version release date is March 24th. Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish is currently scheduled to be available before the end of April.”
Full details of the updates can be found here.
Download it here…
Despite the fact that my neighbours may never speak to us again, the kids got Rock Band for the Xbox at the weekend, along with the drum kit, guitar and mic:
All I can say is that it’s awesome! We (the adults) played it until 6:30am Sunday morning, and now have no voices left. The kids resumed a few hours later, and were much more serious than we were. They managed to win a tour bus and a few thousand fans, and unlocked a few new tracks. We had downloaded some extra tracks in the early hours, like the Buzzcocks “Ever Fallen In Love”, “Roxanne” by the Police, and other such classics which we then truly murdered.
If you’re a budding or wannabe Slash, Jon Bon Jovi or John Bonham, and haven’t quite managed to get that contract signed, then this game won’t help you at all.
But it is really tremendous fun.
(Note to self: everything in moderation…)
Finally, from December 11th, you can rent videos from your XBox Live Video Store in the UK, Ireland, France and Germany. For us here in Ireland, we’ll be getting these (250 MS points for standard-def, and 380 MS points for HD):
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, THE
MATRIX RELOADED, THE
PERFECT STORM, THE
EYES WIDE SHUT
LETHAL WEAPON 3
LETHAL WEAPON 4
LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION
CLASH OF THE TITANS
Bring it on!
More details on xbox.com