The Xbox 360's ESPN app was updated today to offer all ESPN programming, Microsoft's Major Nelson has announced.
Through WatchESPN, the service that simulcasts the sports giant's television programming on the web and mobile devices, the Xbox 360 app will livestream content from all of ESPN's networks: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Buzzer Beater and Goal Line.
Previously, the Xbox 360 app only featured select sporting events and did not offer ESPN original programming such as SportsCenter. With today's update, sports fans can watch games and programming like SportsCenter, SportsNation and Mike and Mike in the Morning on their Xbox 360 — if it's airing live on an ESPN channel, you'll be able to watch it on your console.
The app's existing restrictions remain in place: You must be an Xbox Live Gold member and subscribe to a participating cable television provider. The list consists of Comcast, Verizon FiOS, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Midcontinent Communications; some regional giants such as Cox and Cablevision do not currently support WatchESPN. Those with subscriptions to participating broadband providers can access ESPN3 content on the Xbox 360, but nothing else.
Today's update also adds a host of features to the ESPN on Xbox 360 experience. Here's the full list:
- My Sports: ESPN on Xbox allows you to choose your favorite sports and teams and designate these channels as "My Sports," so you can jump directly into the games and content you care most about. ESPN on Xbox will automatically provide you with a personalized daily feed of live events, news and highlights based on "My Sports," catching you up on only the teams and sports you care most about.
- Mini Guide: The mini-guide gives you a preview and quick access to all the sports content you care about right at the bottom of the screen. This fall it is all about football, and now the best fans don’t have to miss anything. Is another game tied up late in the fourth quarter? Instantly switch to that game. Halftime? Play the earlier highlights.
- Split Screen: Because true sports fans want to watch more than one game at a time, ESPN on Xbox has a split screen, allowing you to watch two events at once. Watch live events on both screens or a live event on one while you catch up on news and highlights on the other. You can even control both screens independently, pausing and rewinding each separately so you never miss a second of the action.
- Gesture Control and Voice Control with Kinect for Xbox 360: Focus on your team instead of looking for the remote. Navigate through the content guide, skip to the next highlight, or play, pause, and rewind that big play…all with the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice.
- Reminders: Too many big games to keep track of in your head? Not to worry — ESPN on Xbox now lets you tag games and set reminders so you never miss a moment.
- Interactive ESPN BottomLine: The ESPN BottomLine keeps you in the know with breaking news and score updates from around the world of sports. Xbox has added interactive functionality that raises the bar for fans everywhere, with live alerts and the capability to jump to different sports or skip to the next story.
In addition, according to Microsoft, SmartGlass integration for ESPN, NBA and SportsPicks is coming in December.
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