Xbox One Isn't About To Revolutionise TV In Australia

Microsoft this morning revealed the first wave of entertainment apps coming to the new Xbox One console at launch, and given the fuss it's making about watching TV on the Xbox, you'd expect them to be pretty compelling, right? Not so much in Australia.

Here are the TV and entertainment apps that Australia will be getting on November 22:

• Crackle • Machinima • MUZU TV • Network Ten’s tenplay • Quickflix • SBS On Demand • TED • Twitch

Let's compare that to the list in the US, shall we?

North America:

• Amazon Instant Video • Crackle • The CW • ESPN • FOX NOW • FXNOW • HBO GO (coming soon) • Hulu Plus • Machinima • MUZU TV • Netflix • Redbox Instant by Verizon • Target Ticket • TED • The NFL on Xbox One • Twitch • Univision Deportes • Verizon FiOS TV • VUDU

Admittedly, it's not Microsoft's fault that a lot of these services will skip Australia: it's the fault of the services themselves for not setting up shop here. It's a nice reminder, however, that when Microsoft says you'll be using the Xbox One as the centre of your home entertainment life that there's a little asterisk clarifying you'll need to be in North America for that to be true.

Every user around the world will get access to these apps:

• Xbox Fitness • Xbox Video • Xbox Music • Internet Explorer • Skype • SkyDrive • Upload

Would you buy an Xbox One as a home media centre? [Lifehacker]


Comments

    you’ll need to be in North America for that to be true.

    As goes for anything else a large tech company says?

    Can there please be another option instead of Internet Explorer, I still have nightmares set in the 1990's.

      IE 11 is awesome on Win8 and my SP2. Chrome is backup though. It is really nothing like it use to be.

      New IE's are pretty decent. I've started using them on my W8 tablet & desktop. They seem to be the best touch optimized and can't say I've had any issues in desktop use too.

      Well then update your thinking past the 90s

      I find IE11 works better than chrome, especially on a touch screen. Google seem determined not to support Windows 8 properly. It doesn't support dynamic rescaling with screen size, and it doesn't support touch properly.

    Without the content deals it's a glorified PVR that's plays games. Sure the interface may be way better, but most smart TVs on the market will have what Xbone has and it's not worth the asking price for that at launch. I'm sure it'll be a much more compelling proposition in a couple years.

      Are you just ignoring the fact that it's a next gen console as well, lol.
      I see it as a next gen console that also does some basic multimedia things. I own a popcorn hour set top box to stream all my media so no need for these functions but I'm still glad they're all there. Read my post underneath here but basically the hdmi in/out feature is one of the key points why I prefer this over the ps4. Yes the ps4 is also amazing and will probably own one down the track but for now the xbox is my choice.

        Im still looking for this info as well. I preordered a ps4 and assumed that it would come with at least the same functionality of play tv.... albeit hopefully faster even if i still had to buy another accessory to do it but so far not a peep. I will be letting my preorder slide if i dont here of this before launch.

        Im predominantly a pc gamer so my ps3 was used %60 of the time for play tv.

      Most Smart TV's have shitful UI's, are slow compared to a PC or console, and then you have the issue of which TV brand has which content deals. There are only two major consoles, and they'll both (eventually) get pretty much the same content deals.

        This. My LG has some apps and a browser, but they are slow and clunky with mostly unusable UI. The 360 and ps3 are far more functional as streaming devices and my prefered devices over my home theatre and tv for these functions. Hoping the X1 and ps4 will be even better... eventually.

    can you run standard Freeview through the XBONE? Like the PlayTV this gen?

    Also - does anyone know if the PS4 will launch with PlayTV capabilities? didn't read anything about it in the FAQ last week.

      nope u cannot run freeview unless u hook up a hdmi set top box, PS4 has not announced any TV service but they may with Sony unlimited

      Free view - yes but only if you run HDMI out from your set top box into the Xbox One. PS4 iirc only has recording for games, not TV. I believe PlayTV was a huge pain in the ass for Sony to arrange with all the local publishers (read channels)

      unlikely... since they sacked playtv from ps3.. notice you cant buy it anymore!!

      playtv is awesome, i use it all the time..

      also , ps4 is missing the sweet spot by sacking DLNA and media streaming... this is the sole reason ive decided to go with xbone

        I loved my PlayTV, but I've grown to hate it. Ever since my Phat died it's been buggy as hell on my slim, if I pause for more than 20 secs it seems to freeze, and I can't rewind live TV reliably. It hasn't seen a software update in about two bloody years!

    all US services r pay subsscription services (Amazon Instant Video, ESPN ,FOX NOW, HBO GO, (coming soon), Hulu Plus, Netflix, Redbox Instant by Verizon, The NFL on Xbox One, Verizon FiOS TV) so basically its another 2nd rate dump by microsoft as per ususal

    The HDMI in/out feature is the best thing anyway. Having the xbox on and ready for family skype chats or seeing if friends are inviting me to a match halfway through a show is way more important than some crummy subscription service I wasn't going to use anyway.

      ^ this. It's a gaming console that has a few entertainment features.
      If you wanted a streaming media player that can play a few games you should buy a $40 Android pc on a stick.

    this is why ms' big push to be the "one" box in your living room wont work anywhere outside of the US basically, if they couldn't get kinect, a product wholly in their control, to be equal globally how are we supposed to think they can get a bunch of external services on board

    What about ABC's iView?
    You get that on the 360?

      they would need to re submit the app to microsoft as i would think it would need a redesign (both codes and UI)

        Yeah the current iView on 360 is built using Lakeview, which is a kind of Silverlight implementation on 360. A whole lot of video apps were rushed out towards the end of the 360s life using this new method. I don't actually know anything much about how the One will do it, but would have to assume it is quite similar. Even so, a fresh application will need to be built and approved by Microsoft and so on. With Microsoft probably focused on US markets and the overall release atm, I would expect this stuff to trickle through later.

      I too would like to know this information.

      I was wondering about that, but so long as there is (non-gimped) IE we can make do. Same with Vimeo, YouTube, Pandora, Spotify etc etc.

        The problem though is using these sites through the browser on your console sucks. They're designed for either keyboard and mouse or touch. Using a controller sucks, and voice isn't going to work perfectly. I'd much rather an App.

          Hey, an actual client app would be great and controllers aren't the best for web browsing - but in the absence of an app, a modern browser does fill a lot of gaps.

            Unfortunately that's exactly what the ABC will think. Try to use iView on the PS3, it absolutely sucks, but the ABC are happy with it because it didn't require any effort on their part, just a launcher to the site in the browser. When the 360 app was originally made, the Xbox didn't have a browser so they had to build an app, which is excellent. The One? Might never get an app.

      ABC have slowed down with releasing multiple apps unfortunately, so I don't know how quickly we'll see an iView app on either One or PS4.

    'next gen' console for playing games, PC hooked up to play other games and everything else that media/tv requires. Given all the fuss about what the consoles will and won't do, this is about the only way to do it now, to ensure you'll get exactly what you want.

    It's worth pointing out that its not just North America, the bigger and better services like Netflix are pretty widespread in Europe and are available in Brazil and Argentina too. Presumably they will someday make their way down under.

      Uncle Rupert and the free to air networks will never allow something as consumer friendly as Netflix in Australia. They each need to stick their dick in the pie before they deem it fit for Australian consumption.

    who carse, DLNA support on the Xbox One and you can stream nearly anything from your PC anyway.

    Just got Unclocker US ,Netflix and Hulu Plus on my Xbox 360 on the weekend. Best thing I ever did and is still cheaper than the basic Foxtel Play package.
    Just need a hotmail US account and change Xbox Locale to US, everything else works fine for Australian stuff.
    Don't know if you can get some of the others to work with other VPN's but Netflix and Hulu are the only ones that i can download.

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      Once you've installed them on your US Xbox account you never even have to use the account again. You can access the apps from your Australian account. That's what I do.

    this is too biased... it will be an entertainment center even in australia.. DLNA, playto, youtube apps along with the TV/streaming services...

    i am impressed, i knew it wouldnt be as good as the usa but this is more than i expected for launch day...

    If I wanted a stupidly overpriced media centre then I would buy an Apple TV - Cheaper than an XBone and can do more in terms of media playback

      Can it stream from my non-iTunes DLNA server? Can it do HDMI In? Does it have a Netflix and Hulu app? How about play Blurays?

      Or does "do more" mean it can access your iTunes and the iTunes store only? ie, do a shitload less.

      Last edited 12/11/13 7:59 am

        It actually does have Netflix...not sure about hulu though

        It can play Blurays via Airplay from your computer

          I haven't had a disc drive on my computer for 4 years lol.

            fair enough. With the increasing popularity and convenience of streaming via WiFi why even have a disk drive?

    So basically, entertainment wise, it does absolutely shit all more compared to my 360.
    I am converting to PS4 anyway as I don't care about this "entertainment" and fluff that Microsoft is trying to shove down our throats.

      PS4 does even less again than the One, no DLNA support, no USB mass storage for media playback support.

    I must say I hate COD with a passion, but there's something very mesmerizing by the bits of the video saying "callofdutycallofdutycallofdutycallofdutycallofdutycallofdutycallofdutycallofdutycallofduty"

    I might watch some twitch once in a while, but the other channels are worthless to me. PS4's where its at anyway.

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