Update: We just learned that Aaron just got his 360 back from Microsoft repair this week. We also know that his dash version isn't any different than the one that is already out (2.0.5787.0) leading us to believe that his 360 doesn't have the Fall update. But the new options are definitely related to the IPTV service as more options were discovered in his 360's settings. Need proof? Check out the two new screenshots we just added.
If the sweet, juicy, rumor friendly screenshots that we just received via our tipster inbox hold any water, then everyone can look forward to IPTV being part of the Fall update. Though, remember kids, this is all filed under the "rumor" tag ...
- Use television services.
- Live & recorded TV
- On-demand movies
- Chat while watching TV
Sounds like IPTV options to us. Once clicked, an error message pops up stating that it was "unable to start" and to contact support at www.microsoft.com/tv. That URL will take you to Microsoft's Mediaroom website ... also interesting. So, if everything is legit in these pictures and Aaron doesn't end up being a Photoshop God, we're going speculate that this random occurrence is related somehow to the Fall update. The square text boxes, error message and overall un-ready status of the dashboard option all smell of a Fall update that isn't yet ready for the masses. Maybe Aaron was online at the right moment when an Xbox Live engineer tripped over a cord sending Fall update goodness to his 360. Who knows. We'll try to get more information about this odd occurrence and ultimately find out if these screens are real and relate to IPTV or the Fall update. Until then, file everything into the rumor section of your brain and give the screenshots a look over.
Gallery: Rumored IPTV
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 3)
10-26-2007 @ 8:15PM
that would be sweet.
10-26-2007 @ 8:18PM
Dr. Klaw said...
What are the odds MSFT/Verizon will pull the ol' Supervillain Team-Up and offer 360 IPTV on FiOS?
10-26-2007 @ 8:24PM
Michael Paul said...
I don't WANT to dual-boot Vista just to get IPTV to work, but them's the breaks...
10-26-2007 @ 8:26PM
Something else really minor; the icon beside "Halo 3" is different.
10-26-2007 @ 8:34PM
This is a real n00b question.. but is this IPTV stuff free?
10-26-2007 @ 8:35PM
He has an HD-DVD hooked up to his 360, thats why the disc icon is 'split'
10-26-2007 @ 8:37PM
Ohh, okay. I never knew that.
10-26-2007 @ 8:49PM
when you go to the microsoft.com/tv there is the video you can watch in the demo. About 3/4 of the way through there is a section on xbox 360 where you can see Gears of War in the background with the GUI for the IPTV in front showing channel info. Then you see a friend message pop up as well. IPTV is inevitable on the 360.
10-26-2007 @ 8:59PM
I wish I knew this was news, I could've broke it a month ago when that thing started showing up on my console.
10-26-2007 @ 9:30PM
i guess i am gonna need that 120gb Hard drive.
10-26-2007 @ 9:34PM
Aaron you little hack you. lol :D
10-26-2007 @ 9:36PM
"Free" isn't in the M$ vocabulary.
10-26-2007 @ 9:42PM
[email protected]! nice one! and so true! but some tv shows are free... can't say I've seen a new music video yet only "making of"s nowadays.
10-26-2007 @ 9:56PM
M. Dizzy said...
We already know that Microsoft will be making it possible to access IPTV in England using the 360 through their partnership with British Telecom. It's only inevitably that they would do the same in the states (currently the IPTV partner is AT&T and their U-Verse offering). They use Fiber to almost the home with a short run of copper that allows them to sustain ungodly speeds (you can record 4 channels at once with your DVR.)
I'd bet money that this is coming soon...the question is just when.
10-26-2007 @ 10:07PM
A *short* video demo of the TV feature is available at http://www.microsoftmediaroom.com/#/games/.
10-26-2007 @ 10:19PM
Had Uverse for a free month. Haven't had cable for 10 years, it was nothing too special that I would drop money on it. If they offered a package for a reasonable price, if you had a 360 then I would bother. HD content was $10/mo extra and maybe 5-8 real channels beyond the Star, HBO, etc... local HD off the air is free and looks great, so again, nothing too special unless they can make it a good deal. BTW tell them to pick up the damn boxes.
10-26-2007 @ 10:23PM
looks like we're gettin more info here than from Major Nelson who's keeping pretty quiet about the fall update at the mo. Gonna change to BT in nov ready for iptv!
10-26-2007 @ 10:41PM
BUNGIE IS GIVING NEW ARMOR (RECON) FOR STUPID SUNTS RECOGNIZED BY THEM!!! IT LOOKS PRETY SICK!!! X3F YOU SHOULD POST THIS UP!
10-26-2007 @ 11:06PM
My understanding is that the IPTV provider has to be running the MS IPTV software for it to work. If your IPTV provider does not (to my knowledge, looks like AT&T is the only one in the US so far) then you probably wont be able to use this.
10-26-2007 @ 11:44PM
Ya you need the a provider that does MS IPTV... ATT is trying to get Uverse national so in the next few years it's going to be across the US, or most if it anyhow.