On Dec. 6th, we will release a free update to Xbox LIVE that can transform every Xbox 360 into an all-in-one device to enjoy your entertainment.

The update is another huge step toward realizing our vision of bringing you all your entertainment, shared with the people you care about, in an easy way. That journey started with games, and quickly included movies and TV on Xbox LIVE through our own video service and through partners. We were the first console to bring Netflix into the living room, and we’ve continued to add top TV and entertainment partners on a global scale such as AT&T, ESPN, Hulu Plus and Last.fm in the U.S.; TELUS in Canada, BSkyB in the United Kingdom; CANAL+ in France and FOXTEL in Australia. Also, we recently announced another 40 global entertainment partners coming to Xbox LIVE.

Today, we have more than 57 million Xbox 360 consoles in homes across the world, and more than 35 million of those are connected to Xbox LIVE, a service which sees its members log cumulatively 2.1 billion hours a month. We have something very special in the living room, and with our latest update to Xbox LIVE, it only gets better.

Now, all of your entertainment is in one place. Games, music, movies, sports and live and on-demand TV together in one box connected to the best display in your house. With our latest update, we are launching the first wave of new entertainment experiences and we will continue to add customized entertainment apps over time.

We’re also making it easier to find the entertainment you want. The entertainment offerings on Xbox LIVE have grown from hundreds to millions, but finding what you want has never been easier. With Kinect for Xbox 360 and the power of Bing, “You say it, Xbox finds it”.

And we’re making the entertainment experience more personal and social. Whether you are voting on who is going to win the weekend’s biggest college football showdown on ESPN or activating a beacon to notify your friends of your favorite multiplayer games, entertainment is more personal and social on Xbox LIVE.

It’s a great time to be on Xbox LIVE. We have a powerful platform with voice and gesture control, a great collection of top-tier entertainment partners from across the globe, and powerful social tools. The experiences are real, and we are excited to share them with you starting this week.

I will see you on Xbox LIVE!

Posted by Marc Whitten
Corporate Vice President, Xbox LIVE