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TV app floodgates open for Xbox

It has been announced that more than 45 new entertainment app experiences are coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 globally. Some of the most popular experiences, such as an optimized-for-TV Twitter integration, Vine, HBO GO, ShowTime Anytime, Comedy Central, Major League Gaming (MLG), and more are scheduled to launch by the end of this holiday season. With these new additions, the catalogue will increase by 25%, bringing it to more than 225 apps around the world.

“Xbox fans are spending more time than ever on the console, spending more than five hours a day on Xbox One,” says Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President, Devices and Studios at Microsoft. “Today as we announce new commitments from dozens of our partners, including deep integration with experiences like Twitter and Vine, we hit an important milestone in our journey to deliver unique experiences on Xbox. We’re thrilled to break new ground in social TV experiences like we’re doing with Twitter on Xbox One.”

Twitter will be directly integrated into Xbox One’s TV experience in the US: Twitter will be optimised for the biggest screen in your house in a smart, contextual way – offering the ability to see Tweets related to the cable or satellite TV shows being watching as they’re happening. Additionally, the Twitter experience on Xbox One will be integrated into the TV listings section of OneGuide where you will be able to see the shows that people are tweeting about in real-time. These shows will also be highlighted in a new “trending” section within OneGuide so viewers know what’s popular right then and there.

Vine is also coming to Xbox One in the US. With Vine on Xbox One, you can lean back and watch your favourite short, looping videos and browse Vine channels on the big screen.

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