Verizon Communications FiOS TV is the only U.S. pay-TV provider to be identified so far that will offer an authenticated app on the Xbox One in the weeks and months following the retail launch of Microsoft’s new gaming console on November 22.
FiOS TV is one of 19 entertainment apps already teed up for the U.S. release of the Xbox One “between Nov. 22 at launch and spring 2014," Microsoft announced Friday, but there are several authenticated TV Everywhere apps and other apps from individual programmers that will be also available during the initial wave, including HBO (HBO Go is “coming soon”), FX (FXNow), Fox (Fox Now), and ESPN.
Others apps identified for the initial U.S. Xbox One lineup include: Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, CWTV, Hulu Plus, Machinima, Muzu TV, Netflix, Redbox Instant by Verizon, Target Ticket, TED, NFL on Xbox One, Twitch, Univision Deportes, and Vudu.
The Canadian version will feature Rogers Anyplace TV, the authenticated app from Rogers Communications.
Time Warner Cable and Microsoft signed a “landmark deal” in June that initially paved the way for the MSO to deliver more than 300 live TV channels to the Xbox 360, with VOD integration on deck, using the TWC TV app. TWC has previously said it was “eager to build on that momentum in working with Microsoft on Xbox One," but has not announced any specific plans for the new console. On Friday, a TWC spokeswoman said via email that "[w]e like the platform and continue to work on our app on 360. Of course, given our relationship with Xbox we are looking at Xbox One."
Comcast currently offers VOD via its TVE app for the Xbox 360.
“We will continue to announce more apps coming to the platform and both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 entertainment app portfolios will continue to grow weekly,” Microsoft said Friday.
The Xbox One will also allow users to feed live TV signals to the console and overlay its navigation system by tethering the device to HDMI-compatible cable and satellite set-top boxes. “Xbox One is the only games and entertainment system that enables HDMI pass through,” Microsoft said.
On Thursday, Sony announced that 11 “Digital Entertainment Apps” will be offered on the $399 PlayStation 4 when it goes on sale November 15. Early on, Epix is the only TV Everywhere app that will be featured on the new Sony console.