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Major Nelson (Larry Hryb) announced on his blog this morning that the Xbox will receive a load of new apps today, and over 40 new apps will roll out to the console from now through spring 2013.
Here's how the Xbox wants to become your only entertainment source today:
ARTE (Germany, France)
With the ARTE app on Xbox LIVE, you can watch an exciting mix of content from the Cultural TV station including documentaries, concerts and movies.
CinemaNow (Expanding to Canada)
CinemaNow is an Authenticated Video on Demand (AVOD) application providing customers with access to TV and Movie content previously purchased on CinemaNow.com.
CNET (United States, Canada)
CNET offers all the product reviews, technology shows and event coverage you love, now on Xbox LIVE. CNET helps you use technology to enhance and enrich your life. From specially curated content to advice, it’s everything you need to buy and get the most out of tech that’s right for you. Get the best in technology, right where you want it.
Karaoke (All LIVE regions, excluding Japan and United Arab Emirates)
Karaoke provides access to more than 8,000 songs from the latest hits to the oldies but goodies, available on Xbox LIVE. Your avatar will go on stage and sing with a full complement of stage props and back band. Use SmartGlass to play/stop/pause, browse the database and lyrics or to add songs to the playlist. Songs don’t require any download and will playback immediately via streaming for a robust karaoke experience.
Maxim (United States)
Maxim delivers what guys want – beautiful women, cool gear and funny videos – to Xbox 360! From behind-the-scenes of Maxim’s sexiest photo shoots to hilarious comedy originals to high-octane sports, it’s the #1 destination for couch-bound men looking for a good time.
Napster (Germany, United Kingdom)
With your Xbox and Napster Unlimited plus Mobile, you can play millions of songs instantly. Listen to millions of songs in various genres, play as much as you want, enjoy hours of expertly programmed music. Discover new releases, charts and much more.
SkyDrive (All LIVE regions)
SkyDrive is the place to store your files so you can access them from virtually any device. With SkyDrive for Xbox, you can easily view your photos and videos on your TV. You can also play slideshows and view photos and videos shared with you.
SPORT1 (Austria, Germany)
Enter the world of sports through your Xbox. The SPORT1 app provides Video-Sport-News, Livescores, Livestreams of popular sport events and access to Pay-TV Sports channel SPORT1+.
VEVO (Expanding to Spain, Italy & France)
With over 45,000 videos by 11,000 artists, VEVO is the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform. Stream live concerts, watch exclusive programming and queue up all your favorite videos. VEVO is available in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. The VEVO app for Xbox includes high-quality on demand music videos free to the user and allows social interactions between fans, VEVO, and users.
The Zattoo app gives you access to free Live TV across 55 channels and an Electronic Program Guide. HiQ accounts feature quick, ad-free channel switches and higher quality streams (including HD), starting at 3.75 EUR per month. Additional premium TV channels, including Sports, Documentary, Kids, Music channels, and International packages are also available.
The following mega-list of apps will continually release through the spring:
All3M (United Kingdom, United States)
Ameba TV (Canada, United States)
Canalplay Infinity (France)
CBC’s Hockey Night (Canada)
CrunchyRoll (Majority of LIVE Regions)
Deezer (Majority of LIVE Regions)
Eredivisie Live (Netherlands)
Fightbox (Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, United Kingdom)
Flixster (United States)
GameTrailers (Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States)
Globosat Muu (Brazil)
Gulli Replay (France)
HBO Nordics (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden)
IndieFlix (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)
Livesport.tv (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom)
Machinima (Majority of LIVE Regions)
MTV (United States)
Pathe Thuis (Netherlands)
PBS (United States)
PopcornFlix (United States)
Rai TV (Italy)
Sainsbury (United Kingdom)
SF Anytime (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden)
Slacker Radio (Canada, United States)
SPORT1 (Austria, Germany)
The CW Network (United States)
Viaplay (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden)
Vidéo à la Demande d’Orange (France)
Vimeo (United States)
VIVO Play (Brazil)
Watchever (Austria, Germany)
Please be advised that many of these apps will require a Xbox Gold subscription, which means that the Xbox will not be replacing your Roku box that supports most of these apps already for free.