Xbox moves to push more entertainment apps

Xbox 360Xbox unveiled a handful of new apps today to push more entertainment content to console owners, once again attempting to prove the Xbox 360 is the only device you need to go along with your display. Among the app rollouts are Blip.TV, IGN, LOVEFiLM, Rhapsody, RTL XL and TOU.TV. Rhapsody (launching in the US), provides millions of songs with which you can create playlists until your heart’s content. Blip.TV (also launching in the US), offers original web series such as dramas, comedies, and other genres. The other apps listed below (via Major Nelson’s blog), are launching outside the US.

Once and a while the console companies make a push to remind us the boxes can do more than just play games. When really, TVs these days are pretty much doing whatever we need via apps such as Netflix, Pandora, Facebook, etc. Still though, if your TV isn’t connected the console apps offer a great way to enjoy content other than what your TV service provides.

Here’s a full list of apps Xbox 360 rolled out today:

Rhapsody (Launching in the United States)
With Rhapsody on Xbox 360, you can choose from a catalog of millions of songs. Having a party? Create playlists and jam all night long. Enjoy new releases every week, plus listen to our Featured, Popular, Artist and Genre Radio.1

Blip.TV (Launching in the United States)
Blip lets you discover, watch and share the best in original web series. Choose from hundreds of hand-picked dramas, comedies, lifestyle, sports and other series. Get your web series fix on the large screen in the comfort of your own home.1

IGN (Now available in Canada)
Get the best of IGN from the comfort of your couch with the official IGN app for Xbox 360. IGN delivers original video content, live streams, reviews and shows like Strategize, IGN Pro League, and the Daily Fix. Queue up reviews, news, previews, and walkthroughs for your favorite games and have them available right at your fingertips. And with Kinect, you can even play, pause, and rewind what you’re watching with your voice or a wave of your hand.

LOVEFiLM UK (Updating in United Kingdom)
Watch thousands of LOVEFILM movies, streamed instantly to your Xbox. LOVEFiLM Subscribers on packages of 6,99€ or above can watch films instantly and get the UK’s largest selection of DVD and Xbox games. And the best bit? All this comes as part of your subscription. That’s right, thousands of films to watch instantly at no extra cost.

LOVEFiLM Deutschland (Launching in Germany)
Watch thousands of LOVEFILM movies, streamed instantly to your Xbox. LOVEFiLM Subscribers on packages of 6,99€ or above can watch films instantly and get the Germany’s largest selection of DVD and Xbox games. And the best bit? All this comes as part of your subscription. That’s right, thousands of films to watch instantly at no extra cost.1

RTL XL (Launching in the Netherlands)
Watch the best RTL programs through the RTL XL Xbox application.1

TOU.TV (Launching in Canada)
North America’s leading French-language entertainment web TV site, with over 2,000 hours of free video content from across the French-speaking world. Its vast inventory of content, such as serial dramas, soap, documentaries and web series, make it THE ultimate entertainment platform.1

1Xbox LIVE Gold subscription and/or additional subscriptions/fees may be required. Kinect functionality available with select Xbox LIVE content and varies by feature and country.

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