Microsoft and Verizon announced today that starting next month, subscribers to Verizon’s FiOS TV and Verizon’s FiOS internet service will be able to download an app straight to their Xbox 360 and watch a small selection of TV channels without the need for a set-top box.
Provided you also have an Xbox Live Gold account, you’ll be able to watch an initial 26 select FiOS TV channels straight through your Xbox 360. Presumably more channels will be added down the line, but neither Microsoft and Verizon have said anything at this point.
To perhaps sweeten the deal at least a little bit, the Xbox 360 FiOS TV app will have Kinect integration, allowing for voice and gesture commands to control your viewing experience.
“Joining forces with Microsoft and Xbox, we are breaking the boundaries between TV and gaming, and furthering the borderless lifestyle Verizon customers enjoy with our new offers and services,” said Eric Bruno, vice president of consumer and mass business product management for Verizon.
“We are putting the controls in our customers’ hands, and giving them the ability to watch TV on another dynamic device that they can control with voice and gesture commands.”
Additionally, Verizon has kicked off a new “triple play” package that offers up FiOS TV, FiOS internet and phone service for $89.99 a month (for the first two years). As a bonus, new subscribers will receive a copy of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and a 12-month Xbox Live Gold Card.
You can check FiOS availability in your area through this link.
Source: Press release