October 30, 2007 1:32 PM PDT

Microsoft: Xbox 360 IPTV still coming--eventually

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The Xbox 360 fall update is just around the corner and speculation is rife about what features it will introduce.

Among the more talked-about but still unconfirmed features is a tool that would allow parents to limit the amount of time their children can play. Another rumor claimed the fall update would finally give the 360s the IPTV functionality Microsoft promised it would have back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show.

On Tuesday, Microsoft confirmed one feature would not be included in the fall update. Following the discovery of some IPTV functionalities in a recently serviced 360 by site Xbox 360 Fanboy, Microsoft said the functionality would be excluded from the console's looming firmware update.

"This was an isolated incident where these features were inadvertently exposed while the customer's console was being serviced and is unrelated to the fall update," the company said in a statement e-mailed to CNET News.com sister site GameSpot.

Microsoft did not comment on the specific functionalities unveiled in the leak, which included onscreen chat while viewing live TV, recorded television, and on-demand movies. However, Microsoft did confirm that the 360's IPTV functionality will be a version of its Microsoft Mediaroom software, which was unveiled in June.

Microsoft's statement also raised the possibility that IPTV won't make it into 360 owners' living rooms this year. At CES, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said his company was planning a holiday 2007 launch for 360 IPTV. Now, Microsoft says the functionality will be in the hands of IPTV service providers by year's end--and not necessarily those of consumers.

"Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) features will only be available from the Xbox 360 through a service provider who has deployed Xbox 360 with Microsoft Mediaroom (IPTV) services," read the Microsoft statement. "Xbox 360 with Microsoft Mediaroom (IPTV) will be available to service providers by the end of the year. Microsoft's IPTV service providers will ultimately determine the timing of Xbox 360 with Microsoft Mediaroom deployments."

Tor Thorsen of GameSpot reported from San Francisco.

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slow train coming
Microsoft has shipped over 13m Xbox 360, a significant conversion opportunity for any service provider delivering Mediaroom and Xbox services. Despite that leverage opportunity, uniting code bases and technology between Mediaroom and Xbox is likely still a ways off.
Posted by yo-daddy (1 comment )
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Destined to fail...
"Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) features will only be available from the Xbox 360 through a service provider who has deployed Xbox 360 with Microsoft Mediaroom (IPTV) services" What kind of nonsense is this??? You mean to tell me that if you already have an Xbox 360 you will not be able to take advanatage of this feature because you did not receive the Xbox from your service provider? I honestly hope that is not the intension or this will be a complete failure.
Posted by Wakefield103 (3 comments )
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Not true
You might be getting some false news about it. This may not be true.
Posted by coolguy002 (1 comment )
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Different interpretation
the statement from Microsoft says that the IPTV features are only available from service providers. it doesn't say anything about your console needing to come from the service provider.
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