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From CES 2008: British Telecom (BT) Vision to use Xbox 360 consoles as set-top boxes
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If you have BT broadband then their IPTV solution will be coming to your Xbox 360 too (and BT don't charge for the service either)

CES 2008: BT Vision to use Xbox 360 consoles as set-top boxes

One exciting snippet of news from Bill Gates's keynotes speech last night, once again concerning us Brits, was that they're partnering with BT to offer the Xbox 360 as their Vision set-top box.

This is yet another collaboration between the two giants, with Microsoft's Mediaroom already actually powering their Vision broadband TV service since late 2006. This deal with Xbox 360 might be just what BT need to pull Vision out of the depths and into the mainstream - they only have around 100,000 users, and have fallen dramatically short of their targets.

Whilst Gates didn't go into the details last night, the Xbox 360 team has already sent around a press release about the collaboration, claiming it will be available from mid 2008. This means the whole range of on-demand TV and film will be available on the 360, and will be "seamlessly integrated" with Xbox Live.

Tech Digest: CES 2008: BT Vision to use Xbox 360 consoles as set-top boxes


Some more opinions at http://www.product-reviews.net/2008/01/07/microsoft-and-bt-turn-xbox-into-set-top-box/ and http://msmvps.com/blogs/chrisl/archive/2008/01/07/1444069.aspx




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Steve wrote re: From CES 2008: British Telecom (BT) Vision to use Xbox 360 consoles as set-top boxes
on Wed, Jan 9 2008 11:10 AM


It's a shame the BT Vision hasn't taken off - it works really well. Let's hope this will give the service the attention it deserves.


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