Microsoft Xbox Live to Add Comcast, HBO Go Apps

Mar 27, 2012

The next update to Microsoft's XBox Live service could feature new content from Comcast's video-on-demand (VOD) service and HBO Go, according to GigaOM. The HBO Go app was originally slated to go live on April 1, in time for the season premiere of HBO's hit fantasy show Game of Thrones.

GigaOM reports that Comcast's Xbox Live experience will allow users to search its VOD service directly from the game console. Comcast has been expanding access to its content on a number of new devices, including the iPad and connected TVs from Samsung. Comcast says that the Xbox VOD service doesn't count against its 250 GB bandwidth cap since the service is streamed over the cable provider's private IP network, as opposed to over the public internet.

Both companies were among the first new content partners when Microsoft announced changes to its Xbox Live user interface and new content deals in October, according to GigaOM. Microsoft's updates of its various content partners' software have trickled in over the last several months, and neither Comcast nor HBO has appeared online yet. Apps from Verizon, Epix, Vevo, Vudu, and YouTube have gone live on the game console.