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MLB.TV arrives on Xbox One, Xbox 360 gets Encore and MoviePlex apps (update)

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Microsoft released a suite of new entertainment apps on both Xbox consoles today, with something for fans of sports, movies and competitive gaming.

In addition to the Major League Gaming app that was released yesterday, the Xbox 360's set of apps now includes two new options for streaming movies: Encore Play and MoviePlex Play. Today's debut of those apps follows the December 2013 release of Starz Play; all three are part of the Starz family of premium cable channels. Together, Encore Play and MoviePlex Play offer a catalog of more than 1,500 films, including recent hits such as Zero Dark Thirty and classics like Back to the Future.

MLB.TV, the subscription-based app that allows individuals to livestream out-of-market baseball games, is now available on Xbox One. Major League Baseball Advanced Media, which runs MLB.TV, announced last month that the app would be released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this spring.

In addition, Microsoft added support for Time Warner Cable customers to the Xbox 360's existing Epix app. Once they perform authentication with their Time Warner Cable login information, subscribers will be able to access the movies in the app at no additional charge through June 18.

Microsoft also announced that all four of the aforementioned Xbox 360 apps — MLG, Encore Play, MoviePlex Play and Epix — will be available on Xbox One later this year. All five apps, including MLB.TV, require an Xbox Live Gold subscription for access on Xbox platforms.

Update: MLB.TV also launched on PlayStation 4 today.

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