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Rumour – Microsoft to announce Xbox Diamond TV

Monday, 6th June 2011 00:29 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft’s been dropping hints on a non-gaming Xbox 360 announce at E3, and the latest whispers put it down to an IPTV service called Diamond.

Rumours have long held that Microsoft has been negotiating for a full TV service, but WinRumors claims sources for a full reveal at E3.

“Microsoft is currently in last minute negotiations to secure the necessary agreements in time,” the source said, adding that Apple is also negotiating feverishly ahead of a similar announce for its own press event, to be held simultaneously.

Gameplay Today independently added its voice to the rumour.

The service will act as a “virtual cable operator”, charging a monthly fee for IPTV access, and may go live as soon as November 15.

Previous sources named the service Orapa, apparently a diamond-mining town in Botswana, which lends credence to the new name – as does the discontinuation of the short-lived Diamond card.

Thanks, Joystiq.

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  1. Erthazus

    E3 2012: XBOX does only TV shows, twitter, Facebook and kinect but does not play games.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. AHA-Lambda

    @1 – yea…heck apart from ME3 i cant see my 360 getting any love any time soon. bloody pathetic

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Moonwalker1982

    It is a damn shame that MS has been slacking for quite awhile now when it comes to exclusives. However 360 remains my favorite system, so i’ll always prefer it over the PS3, but if it weren’t for that fact..i’d be all over PS3 now. Cause Sony actually IS paying attention to exclusives. Glad i got both systems.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. N2O1990

    @1
    worrying too much
    but thats good for yourself

    http://i.min.us/icxD7A.jpg

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Vistrix

    Its as if Sony and Microsoft have swapped roles. Sony have already done all of these extra features not related to games… I guess they’re both catching up in those areas (games and other services).

    #5 3 years ago