Soon Your Xbox 360 May Replace Your Cable TV Box

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Microsoft is supposedly ready to announce a new Xbox 360 feature that'll let you watch lots of TV on your Xbox 360 over the Internet, according to a report from AllThingsD.

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It's not the cord cutting-friendly service that we had hoped for as Microsoft is working closely with cable providers. This means you may have access to an excellent library of current TV shows and movies, but you will need a cable subscription to enjoy it. [AllThingsD]

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DISCUSSION

Okay, so this is like a hulu-ized version of TiVo then?

Because correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't TiVo replace your cable box, giving you a supposedly superior interface and better recording etc than your cable-provided DVR box?

So this service (which I assume, like TiVo would be a paid subscription) will allow you to watch all your TV on-demand over the internet, but it would require a cable subscription. Would it allow you to actually watch live TV? If so then it would be like a DVR-less on-demand cable box. Whoop-de-do.

Let me see if I understand this. Currently my setup is like this:

My cable is included in my HOA.

I pay ~$40 for internet to Comcast.

I pay ~$20 for HD+DVR

I have an Apple TV with XBMC

I can watch Hulu in HD for free

I can watch a bunch of free on demand stuff from Comcast

Last resort, I can rent it from iTunes

I hate the box Comcast (Xfinity, whatever) gave me. Not only is it butt-ugly both on the machine itself and on the screen, it's slow and its hard drive is small.

Microsoft wants me to trade the ~$20 I pay for HD and DVR for some undisclosed fee, and buy an X-Box. In this situation I see some problems:

Will I have live TV? (it only mentions "over the internet")

Will I have DVR functionality? (depends on live TV above, would require an overpriced Xbox Hard Drive)

Will I lose content the way Netflix sometimes does due to licensing problems?

Will there be a delay on watching shows (I like to watch Fringe as soon as it comes on)?

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for this, but honestly, I can't see how this is better than my current setup.