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Gaming Companies Provide Streaming Services to TV Manufacturers

According to Cisco’s latest annual Visual Networking Index report, online Internet traffic will reach 1.3 zettabytes by 2016, which is four times more than what we use today. At peak traffic time, Internet will reach 720 Tbps in 2016. Cisco reports this is the equivalent of 600 million people streaming Internet high-definition video simultaneously.  That is a lot of people streaming videos and Cisco is not the only one who is noticing.

Streaming has definitely become the preferred method for people to watch content.  In a generation that expects instant gratification, why would we wait to download content before watching on our TV lift cabinet?  As media giants fight to compete for content licensing for their streaming video services, gaming companies are also partnering up with TV manufacturers to offer game streaming.

At the E3 2012 conference this year, Gaikai announced they are partnering with Samsung to provide Samsung Smart TV’s with streaming game service.  This will be available as a software update for the 2012 models.  Also OnLive has made a similar deal with LG for their app driven TVs. The days of downloading and storing software to PCs are disappearing.  Streaming videos and games on the go is the way of the future, especially when over 30% of Internet usage will be coming from Non-PC devices by 2016.  It only makes sense for Gaming companies to follow consumer trends and provide the streaming services for their customers.

Gaming Companies Provide Streaming Services to TV Manufacturers

According to Cisco’s latest annual Visual Networking Index report, online Internet traffic will reach 1.3 zettabytes by 2016, which is four times more than what we use today. At peak traffic time, Internet will reach 720 Tbps in 2016. Cisco reports this is the equivalent of 600 million people streaming Internet high-definition video simultaneously.  That is a lot of people streaming videos and Cisco is not the only one who is noticing.

Streaming has definitely become the preferred method for people to watch content.  In a generation that expects instant gratification, why would we wait to download content before watching on our TV lift cabinet?  As media giants fight to compete for content licensing for their streaming video services, gaming companies are also partnering up with TV manufacturers to offer game streaming.

At the E3 2012 conference this year, Gaikai announced they are partnering with Samsung to provide Samsung Smart TV’s with streaming game service.  This will be available as a software update for the 2012 models.  Also OnLive has made a similar deal with LG for their app driven TVs. The days of downloading and storing software to PCs are disappearing.  Streaming videos and games on the go is the way of the future, especially when over 30% of Internet usage will be coming from Non-PC devices by 2016.  It only makes sense for Gaming companies to follow consumer trends and provide the streaming services for their customers.

Gaming Companies Provide Streaming Services to TV Manufacturers

According to Cisco’s latest annual Visual Networking Index report, online Internet traffic will reach 1.3 zettabytes by 2016, which is four times more than what we use today. At peak traffic time, Internet will reach 720 Tbps in 2016. Cisco reports this is the equivalent of 600 million people streaming Internet high-definition video simultaneously.  That is a lot of people streaming videos and Cisco is not the only one who is noticing.

Streaming has definitely become the preferred method for people to watch content.  In a generation that expects instant gratification, why would we wait to download content before watching on our TV lift cabinet?  As media giants fight to compete for content licensing for their streaming video services, gaming companies are also partnering up with TV manufacturers to offer game streaming.

At the E3 2012 conference this year, Gaikai announced they are partnering with Samsung to provide Samsung Smart TV’s with streaming game service.  This will be available as a software update for the 2012 models.  Also OnLive has made a similar deal with LG for their app driven TVs. The days of downloading and storing software to PCs are disappearing.  Streaming videos and games on the go is the way of the future, especially when over 30% of Internet usage will be coming from Non-PC devices by 2016.  It only makes sense for Gaming companies to follow consumer trends and provide the streaming services for their customers.

Microsoft Offering $99 Xbox 360 with Subscription Plan

If you are looking for a great gaming console to store within your TV lift cabinet, you may be interested to know that Microsoft is now offering the Xbox for only $99 plus a subscription fee.   Currently, Xbox and other gaming consoles cost around $299.  This is a hefty price tag for consumers to pay out.  Many are not able to pay this upfront cost.  To get around this hurdle, Microsoft is now offering this affordable subscription plan.

Consumers will have to pay a $99 initial fee to get Xbox 360 and then commit to a two year contract.  The subscription fee per month is $15.  The $99 price tag is a much more manageable number for consumers to handle than $299.  Microsoft is hoping this pricing strategy will lure in more customers and increase their Xbox sales.

Now for those who enjoy crunching numbers, you may have already figured out that the cost of owning an Xbox will amount to $459 with this new pricing strategy whereas it is only $299 without subscription.  However, for consumers who can only afford to pay in small increments towards ownership of an Xbox, this is a reasonable solution.   If you can afford to pay the upfront cost of $299 without subscription, then avoid the subscription plan.

Microsoft Offering $99 Xbox 360 with Subscription Plan

If you are looking for a great gaming console to store within your TV lift cabinet, you may be interested to know that Microsoft is now offering the Xbox for only $99 plus a subscription fee.   Currently, Xbox and other gaming consoles cost around $299.  This is a hefty price tag for consumers to pay out.  Many are not able to pay this upfront cost.  To get around this hurdle, Microsoft is now offering this affordable subscription plan.

Consumers will have to pay a $99 initial fee to get Xbox 360 and then commit to a two year contract.  The subscription fee per month is $15.  The $99 price tag is a much more manageable number for consumers to handle than $299.  Microsoft is hoping this pricing strategy will lure in more customers and increase their Xbox sales.

Now for those who enjoy crunching numbers, you may have already figured out that the cost of owning an Xbox will amount to $459 with this new pricing strategy whereas it is only $299 without subscription.  However, for consumers who can only afford to pay in small increments towards ownership of an Xbox, this is a reasonable solution.   If you can afford to pay the upfront cost of $299 without subscription, then avoid the subscription plan.

Microsoft Offering $99 Xbox 360 with Subscription Plan

If you are looking for a great gaming console to store within your TV lift cabinet, you may be interested to know that Microsoft is now offering the Xbox for only $99 plus a subscription fee.   Currently, Xbox and other gaming consoles cost around $299.  This is a hefty price tag for consumers to pay out.  Many are not able to pay this upfront cost.  To get around this hurdle, Microsoft is now offering this affordable subscription plan.

Consumers will have to pay a $99 initial fee to get Xbox 360 and then commit to a two year contract.  The subscription fee per month is $15.  The $99 price tag is a much more manageable number for consumers to handle than $299.  Microsoft is hoping this pricing strategy will lure in more customers and increase their Xbox sales.

Now for those who enjoy crunching numbers, you may have already figured out that the cost of owning an Xbox will amount to $459 with this new pricing strategy whereas it is only $299 without subscription.  However, for consumers who can only afford to pay in small increments towards ownership of an Xbox, this is a reasonable solution.   If you can afford to pay the upfront cost of $299 without subscription, then avoid the subscription plan.

Microsoft Announces New Xbox 360 Streaming Apps

Add Xbox 360 to the wave of set top boxes and streaming apps for your TV lift cabinet. Microsoft has announced a long list of apps which are now available for download on the Xbox 360 console. Youtube, Verizon FiOS TV and MSNBC.com are a few of the U.S. available apps.  Beginning in early 2012, more apps are set to be rolled out, including Comcast Xfinity and MLB.tv.

The app selection is not the only exciting thing about Microsoft’s announcement. The technology itself sounds pretty impressive. With the help of Microsoft’s Bing search engine, users can simply say what they are searching for and Bing will pull up the results. Bing on Xbox voice search is already available in the US, Canada and UK.  Now whatever movie, TV show or game you are looking for is simply a voice command away – no need for a remote control!

Some of the other apps listed on the Microsoft press release include:

–          ESPN on Xbox Live

–          Vudu

–          HBO Go

–          Hulu Plus

–          Netflix

–          Crackle (Sony Pictures)

Microsoft Announces New Xbox 360 Streaming Apps

Add Xbox 360 to the wave of set top boxes and streaming apps for your TV lift cabinet. Microsoft has announced a long list of apps which are now available for download on the Xbox 360 console. Youtube, Verizon FiOS TV and MSNBC.com are a few of the U.S. available apps.  Beginning in early 2012, more apps are set to be rolled out, including Comcast Xfinity and MLB.tv.

The app selection is not the only exciting thing about Microsoft’s announcement. The technology itself sounds pretty impressive. With the help of Microsoft’s Bing search engine, users can simply say what they are searching for and Bing will pull up the results. Bing on Xbox voice search is already available in the US, Canada and UK.  Now whatever movie, TV show or game you are looking for is simply a voice command away – no need for a remote control!

Some of the other apps listed on the Microsoft press release include:

-          ESPN on Xbox Live

-          Vudu

-          HBO Go

-          Hulu Plus

-          Netflix

-          Crackle (Sony Pictures)

Microsoft Announces New Xbox 360 Streaming Apps

Add Xbox 360 to the wave of set top boxes and streaming apps for your TV lift cabinet. Microsoft has announced a long list of apps which are now available for download on the Xbox 360 console. Youtube, Verizon FiOS TV and MSNBC.com are a few of the U.S. available apps.  Beginning in early 2012, more apps are set to be rolled out, including Comcast Xfinity and MLB.tv.

The app selection is not the only exciting thing about Microsoft’s announcement. The technology itself sounds pretty impressive. With the help of Microsoft’s Bing search engine, users can simply say what they are searching for and Bing will pull up the results. Bing on Xbox voice search is already available in the US, Canada and UK.  Now whatever movie, TV show or game you are looking for is simply a voice command away – no need for a remote control!

Some of the other apps listed on the Microsoft press release include:

-          ESPN on Xbox Live

-          Vudu

-          HBO Go

-          Hulu Plus

-          Netflix

-          Crackle (Sony Pictures)

Bethesda Releases “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” Tomorrow

Bethesda’s new open world role playing game, “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is scheduled to be released to the general public tomorrow.  The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is compatible with PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and can be played from your TV lift cabinet.  The reviews pouring in from the individuals that got a sneak peak are extremely positive.

Syrim is a world with landscapes resembling scenes right out the “Lord of the Rings” movie.  Picture beautiful lush green villages, snow capped mountains, medieval castles, and you have stumbled into Syrim.  What makes this video game different from other video games is in Syrim anything is possible.  Almost everything in this game can be altered and tailored based on your decisions.  You can interact with other characters that range from orcs, lizard men, elves, and many other interesting creatures.  You can visit different cities each with their own culture, adversaries, and racial/political conflicts.  Ultimately, players will feel like they are in an actual existing world.

Jason Schreier from Wired.com recently asked Skyrim director Todd Howard earlier this week, if there was any one element of the game he thought the team had really knocked out of the park. His answer was quick and to the point: “The world.”

The only drawback of the game mentioned was that non-player characters functionality was limited.  Their movements were not realistic.  Such as a non-player character may walk into a corner and not be able to turn around.  Besides from this minor glitch, Besthesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim exceeded players’ expectation.  The imagery and interaction truly impressed all those who have played the game.

 
 
 
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