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Angry Gamer: "Xbox Live TV"
Posted: Wednesday April 21st, 2010 by

Microsoft and former News Corp. President, Peter Chernin, have discussed the possibility of producing an Xbox Live "television channel". The channel would be for subscribers of the Xbox Live service. Content would be designed to appeal to the "young male" demographic. Chernin has suggested that Live's monthly fee be increased by $1 or $2 to fund the channel. [more info]

Well you all know I'm ridiculously jaded so it should probably come as no surprise to you that I see this "channel" as a launching point to try to sell us more downloadable content, games, services, etc. Don't get me wrong here, I don't mind the idea of having things that might interest me promoted on a channel geared toward gamers. Quite the opposite. I just don't trust Microsoft and Chernin's motivations. I'd rather see a third party entity do it without raising my monthly Live fee by 25-50%.

Unfortunately, similar adventures haven't really fared well. The closest thing we have to a gamer channel is G4TV. And, well, most of the time I'd rather watch flies hump. I won't go into a long dissertation on the subject, just assume I don't like what you don't like about it. That should make things easier and, in part, is probably accurate. And if you do enjoy G4TV above all other stations, that's probably part of the reason I haven't invited you to game night at my house yet.

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