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Xbox 360 owners will soon find themselves greeted with the “update available” prompt, and once the update is complete they’ll have access to Comcast on-demand and HBO’s GO streaming service.

The partnership with Comcast provides subscribers to the company’s cable service the ability to watch on-demand content straight through their Xbox 360, partially bypassing the set-top boxes normally distributed to customers. Eligible users will be able to access the new functionality via a “TV” tab in the Xbox interface. There’s even support for Kinect 5 Microsoft Xbox Kinect Hacks That'll Blow Your Mind 5 Microsoft Xbox Kinect Hacks That'll Blow Your Mind Read More gestures.

It’s not all sunshine and roses, however. You still need to have a Comcast DVR hooked up to TV in your house. You also must subscribe to Comcast’s cable service and Comcast’s Internet service. Those obtaining access to the web from some other source are left out, which has caused some critics to accuse Comcast of using cable subscriptions as an end-run around net neutrality.

HBO GO Watch All Of Your Favorite HBO Programming For Free With HBO Go Watch All Of Your Favorite HBO Programming For Free With HBO Go HBO is probably the hottest premium TV channel running right now. They have hit shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, True Blood and Game of Thrones. They also run lots of hit movies and sports... Read More requires a subscription to the premium cable network through any major cable provider in order to gain access to the online catalog. Almost every show available on HBO is available via the Xbox app. This includes the hit series Game of Thrones. The release of the app is meant to correspond with the new season, which debuts on April 1st.

Source: Gigaom

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  1. Hunter
    March 28, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    I find it kind of funny that HBOGO and Comcast both launch apps on the same day, but the one thing that stands out is how Comcast and Time Warner don’t support it. It seems like those 2 companies have had issues with HBO and their app in the past. All of the TV providers currently talk about how great their TV anywhere services are, then turn around and add meaningless restrictions. This is one of the reasons I love having service from DISH, my employer. Not only do they talk about TV anywhere services, they back it up with their own services like DISH Remote Access and by supporting third party apps like HBOGO. What do Comcast and Time Warner have against their customers?

  2. Adam
    March 28, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    HBO GO is not available to 360, Comcast customers unless something has changed in the last 24 hours.

  3. BenN
    March 28, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    The xbox division used to seem like the cooler, smarter and more innovative division of MS. This move seems like something the IE division would do- make a big announcement for nothing. If you already have Comcast TV and DVR connected to your TV what does this add for you? I don't get it. If you already HBO what does this add? Seems like the only 'benefit' is to use the controller instead of the remote and have to go through the xbox interface to get to HBO instead of just changing the channel to HBO.

    I wish they would do something more interesting and provide HBO without the rest of the junk. I would pay $10 per month(maybe more) for HBO since I can't get it elsewhere. Same with ESPN- nice if I give get it independent of everything else.

    For all things like this- they are only helpful to me stand alone. The way it is now I probably just get to wait for 20 minutes next time I log in to xbox to download a bunch of updates that I can't use.

    • cheese
      March 29, 2012 at 5:26 am

      Actually Ben. HGO Go has (from my understanding) every show hbo has ever produced on it, whereas through your cable box you're only going to get recently aired episodes and random ones of stuff like the sopranos and entourage. You might not even have ace's to hbo on demand like content if your cable provider doesn't have a similar service, which i'm sure is the position that many people find themselves in. So to them HBO Go is a whole new experience. HBO Go is the superior way of viewing HGO content, as it is the only way to acess all of the content HBO is offering from their service.

      The xfinity app is nearly pointless,
      That is unless you have, for example: a teenage son with his xbox hooked up to a tv in his room or the basement and he doesn't have a cable box there....
      Then, ya know, it kind of becomes actually useful.

      I myself am getting a television ike service in a whole new room now (I live in apartment and they wouldn't wire the cable to the room i wanted)

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