Xbox 360 Gets Paramount Movies, Nickelodeon TV4 Jun, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Microsoft bows “SmartGlass” app connecting Xbox 360 with phones, PCs and tablets
Microsoft during the next 12 months will offer Xbox 360 owners direct access to Paramount catalog movies, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon TV programming in the United States, among other content.
Microsoft unveiled the content additions (among 35 new content partners globally) at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.
The software giant made the announcement in conjunction with the launch of the Xbox Smartglass app, which allows users to listen to music, play video games and watch movies on a Windows 8-enabled portable media device (phone, laptop or tablet) and/or migrate the viewing to the TV in the home.
Paramount movies follow a strategic decision by corporate parent Viacom to mine incremental revenue from the studio’s catalog and select new releases globally across digital platforms.
The studio earlier this year rolled an ad-supported Paramount movie TV channel in Spain with plans to do the same in other countries going forward.
Other content holders added for Xbox Live members include: Absolute Radio — U.K.; Ameba TV — Canada, U.S.; BreakMedia — Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, Singapore, South Africa, U.K., U.S.; Comoyo — Denmark, Norway, Sweden; Corus Entertainment’s Franklin the Turtle — Canada; GameSpot TV — Australia, Canada, U.K., U.S.; Headweb — Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden; Indie Flix — U.S.; Machinima — All Xbox Live markets; Napster — Germany, U.K.; Picturebox — U.K.; Quickflix — Australia, New Zealand; Rakuten ShowTime — Japan; Revision3 — Canada, U.K., U.S.; Rhapsody — U.S.; RTL XL — Netherlands; Slacker Radio – Canada, U.S.; SnagFilms – U.S.; Terra (Sunday TV) – Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico; The AOL On Network — Australia, Canada, Netherlands, U.K., U.S.; The Weather Channel — U.S.; The Whistle — U.S.; TOU.TV — Canada; TV3 — Spain; Twitch TV — U.S.; Univision — U.S.; Wuaki — Spain; and Youzee — Spain.
“With Xbox SmartGlass, we are lighting up entertainment across your phone, tablet, PC and TV in a completely new way,” Don Mattrick, president of the interactive entertainment business at Microsoft, said in a statement.