Imagine you’re playing MLB 2K10 on your Microsoft Xbox and you wanted to compare how one of your plays compare to the real thing. Come November you can. ESPN and Microsoft have signed a deal that brings live streaming sports events to the Xbox through ESPN3.com and streaming video content from ESPN.com.
You’ll have to be and Xbox LIVE Gold member plus your internet service provider has to have a deal with ESPN3.com, but you’ll have access to a ton of events including college sports, MLB, NBA, tennis and international sports like Australian Rules Football and cricket.
Here’s the release.
ESPN, Microsoft Enter into Exclusive DealOver 3,500 live events from ESPN3.com and ESPN.com clips delivered to the Xbox 360 console this FallESPN today announced a collaboration with Microsoft, exclusive within the game console category, to introduce the ultimate interactive experience for sports fans. The deal will bring ESPN3.com’s live events, ESPN.com’s video-on-demand clips and sports highlights and other interactive features to the Xbox 360 console.Beginning in November, Xbox LIVE Gold members who receive their Internet connection from an affiliated service provider will have access to more than 3,500 live, global events every year via ESPN3.com – ESPN’s 24/7 broadband sports network – including college basketball, college football and bowl games, MLB, NBA, international soccer, tennis including all four Grand Slam tournaments, golf majors and more. Fans will also be able to replay sports and events with full DVR control, pull up current scores on-demand while watching the game and easily switch between events and see what the most popular games are in the Xbox LIVE community in real time.
- Daily Highlights: Access to ESPN.com video clips and daily sports highlights streamed on-demand;
- Kinect for Xbox 360 Integration: Microsoft’s new technology allows fans to control the content they watch with just their voice or wave of the hand;
- Team Affiliation: Declare favorite teams and see how many other people in the Xbox LIVE community are also fans;
- Social Activities: Connect to the Xbox LIVE community with in-game social activities like polls, trivia and prediction questions and more.ESPN3.com is available in more than 50 million households nationwide – two-thirds of U.S. broadband homes – via dozens of affiliated Internet service providers including Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Cox, Charter, Windstream, RCN, Insight, Frontier, Cavalier, Mediacom, Conway, Grande Communications and many more. It is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.