Sling TV Launches Today Exclusively on Xbox One; Xbox Members Get Exclusive One Month Free Trial
In January, we announced that Sling TV, the new live TV service, would be making its way to Xbox One. Today, we’re proud to announce that Xbox One is the first gaming console for which the over-the-top television service is available, and the best part is that only our members get an exclusive extended free trial for 30 days. Sling TV on Xbox One offers the same great features our fans have come to expect, including the ability to Snap while enjoying other activities, Pin the app to your Home and use voice or gesture controls with Kinect for Xbox One. Check out the walk-through video above for a deeper look into how it all works on Xbox One. If you’re not already a proud owner of an Xbox One, you can also head to your nearest Microsoft store or go to microsoftstore.com and receive a limited time offer of three free months of Sling TV service with the purchase of an Xbox One console (offer available in the U.S. only).1 You can also check out a live demo of Sling TV on Xbox One at your local Microsoft store. We got a chance to sit down with Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch to learn more about the new service and what it means to bring Sling TV exclusively to Xbox One as the first gaming console. See below for our Q&A.
Phil Spencer Announces Developer Tools to Bring Games to Billions
Today at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox at Microsoft, shared the next step in the company’s plans for a unified vision for gaming across Windows 10 devices. And, it’s all about developers. Here at Microsoft, we share a commitment to making sure experiences across all devices are better than ever. That starts with making the development process easier by providing the tools and support our developers have asked for to reach billions of devices around the world. As we press forward on the journey toward the launch of Windows 10, we’ll continue working hand-in-hand with our developers to ensure that together we bring the best possible gaming experiences to gamers. Let’s take a look at a handful of the details shared with game developers today at GDC: Xbox Live SDK Available for Windows 10: In January, we announced our commitment to bringing Xbox Live to Windows and today we announced that the Xbox Live SDK for Windows 10 is currently in the hands of managed partners to create new games. Soon it will be in the hands of a broader set of developers. This SDK will provide access to the vast majority of Xbox Live services currently available on Xbox One, under a shared set of APIs, integrated with the Windows Store. We are also committed to making Xbox Live accessible to all game developers, regardless of size, which is why we’re introducing a new tier of Xbox Live that is designed to allow any developer to engage with the Xbox Live community.
Xbox at Game Developers Conference 2015
Next month, the annual Game Developers Conference returns to the Moscone Center in San Francisco – and as the games division for Microsoft, Xbox will be there in full force. With 16 sponsored sessions, a robust booth presence and two lounges, Xbox will showcase the latest and greatest games and announcements on game development for Windows 10 devices and Xbox One. During last month’s Windows 10 briefing, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer shared Microsoft’s vision for gaming across devices, with the announcement that the Xbox app for Windows 10 will include some of Xbox Live’s most popular features and some of the most beloved Xbox experiences. At GDC 2015, Xbox will share new tools and roadmaps with developers for creating games on Windows 10 devices. On March 4th at 11:00 PT, Spencer will host a presentation about developing games across the Microsoft ecosystem – from Windows 10 PCs, to Xbox One consoles. As the session will be open to GDC attendees only and seating is limited, it will be made available later that day on Xbox Live, YouTube, Channel 9, and here on Xbox Wire. That’s not all Xbox has going on at GDC 2015 – our talented developers and thought leaders will cover a wide range of topics across 16 sessions over the course of the conference, including developing games for Windows 10 and Xbox One, a closer look at DirectX 12, a deep dive on creating cross-device multiplayer experiences with Xbox Live, and more. Check out the GDC 2015 schedule for a full list of can’t-miss Xbox game developer sessions.
Sling TV, the New Live Internet TV Service, Launching on Xbox One with Exclusive Offer in the Coming Weeks
Our vision at Xbox is to bring your games and entertainment together. Important to that vision is our focus on partnering with television providers and content distributors to deliver rich, differentiated TV and video experiences. Today, we’re pleased to share the news of a relationship with the newly announced Sling TV, which is backed by DISH. Sling TV is an over-the-top, television service that will deliver live sports, lifestyle, family, news and information channels, Video-On-Demand (VOD) entertainment, and the best of Internet video for $20 per month. With Sling TV, there’s no commitment, contract, credit check, hardware installation, or hidden fees. Confirmed channels include ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Cartoon Network, and Disney Channel with more to come. And Xbox One will be the exclusive gaming console when it launches in the coming weeks. What’s more, as the first gaming console where Sling TV will be available, we’re excited to announce that all Xbox Live members will get an exclusive extended free trial for one month at launch. ”Xbox is onboard as the first gaming console where Sling TV will be available,” said Bassil El-Khatib, vice president of Sling TV. “We created the live Internet TV service for millennial consumers underserved by the pay-TV industry. One of the keys to reaching this audience is being on the devices they use, and we know millions of consumers are turning on their Xbox every day to access content they love.”
Xbox Entertainment Blitz: Pandora, Vevo, Telemundo and Bravo Among Others Launching This Week
At Xbox, we’re committed to bringing you the best experiences and as we look back on 2014, we joined forces with some of the top brands in entertainment and gaming to bring you new content on a regular basis. Twitch broadcasting, MLG and ESL Gaming came to Xbox One bringing competitive gaming to a new level. GoPro kicked action sports into high gear with the launch of its new channel on Xbox One. Our partners from MLB.TV, WWE and Team Stream from Bleacher Report brought non-stop action for sports fans. ReddX introduced a first of its kind reddit experience and Plex made Xbox One the first console where the app was available. P90X for Xbox Fitness brought heart-pounding custom routines just in time for the summer. Finally, TV and movie buffs welcomed the additions of Starz Play, MoviePlex Play, Encore Play and the highly anticipated HBO GO app that launched last month and Showtime Anytime last week. From the beginning, our vision for Xbox One has included offering gamers the ability to play the best games and seamlessly switch to the apps, movies and TV shows they love. As the year comes to a close, we’re excited to continue that vision with the addition of a new group of apps on Xbox One including Pandora, Vevo, Bravo and more. See below for more details on each new app joining the platform this week.