Xbox LIVE Entertainment gets bigger and better

Yesterday saw an update to the BBC iPlayer app on Xbox LIVE that gives you catch-up access to your favourite national BBC radio stations for the very first time on Xbox 360, including:

·         BBC Radio 1

·         BBC 1xtra

·         BBC Radio 2

·         BBC Radio 3

·         BBC Radio 4

·         BBC Radio 5 Live

·         BBC Radio 6

·         BBC Asian Network

·         BBC World Service

The latest update to BBC iPlayer lets you view and listen to the most popular and featured content on each of the radio stations, while providing the ability to search by category.

That’s not all, as Xbox LIVE has introduced a range of exciting new additions and updates to its entertainment line-up this summer. Here’s a reminder:

Sky Now TV

Gold members are now able to browse Sky’s catalogue of over 1,000 films on the new Sky Now TV app on Xbox LIVE, and with prices ranging from 99p to £3.49, there’s something for everyone. Film fans can choose a £15 Sky Movies Pass offering the choice of more than 600 films, including recent blockbusters at least 12 months before they are available on similar services. Future updates to the service will also see content like Sky Sports, Sky 1 and Sky Atlantic become available as part of an entertainment package.

Netflix “Just for Kids”

Making it easier for families to browse and watch a large selection of child-friendly content, Netflix “Just for Kids” is now available for Xbox LIVE Gold and Netflix subscribers*. The new experience provides easy-to-understand search controls - meaning that kids can click and instantly watch their favourite characters from TV shows and movies.  With the unique Netflix technology, each member will receive a personalised “Just for Kids” experience based on their tastes and favourites.

blinkbox

Xbox LIVE Gold Members can also now buy or rent movies from blinkbox directly from the Xbox LIVE dashboard, no blinkbox subscription needed**. Users can buy, rent or browse from the library of 10,000 titles including the latest releases using the blinkbox app, and watch them instantly via their Xbox 360 console. 

We will keep you updated as more of the world’s leading entertainment providers come to Xbox and additional entertainment apps and updates launch.

Best,

The Xbox UK PR Team

-     ENDS   -

* An Xbox LIVE Gold subscription, Netflix unlimited streaming membership and a high-speed Internet connection are required and sold separately

**Xbox LIVE Gold membership and/or additional subscriptions/fees may be required. Kinect functionality available with select Xbox LIVE content and varies by feature and country. For additional details and availability, see http://www.xbox.com/live .

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Xbox LIVE is the online entertainment service for your Xbox 360, connecting you to an ever expanding world of games, movies, music, sports and social entertainment. Xbox LIVE lets you play the best games, enjoy the largest on demand library on any console, listen to millions of songs and share the fun with friends around the world. Xbox LIVE is now also available on Windows Phone 7 putting the power of connected entertainment in the palm of your hand. Xbox LIVE is the exclusive home of controller free online entertainment through Kinect, making your Xbox 360 more intuitive and interactive than ever before. With an active community of nearly 40 million people across 35 countries, Xbox LIVE provides you with instant access to the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about. More information about Xbox LIVE can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/en-GB/live.

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