Xbox LIVE Gets Another Cool Upgrade for the ESPN Channel - The UpStream

Xbox LIVE Gets Another Cool Upgrade for the ESPN Channel

posted Thursday Aug 25, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Xbox LIVE Gets Another Cool Upgrade for the ESPN Channel

At E3 2010, we saw the Xbox 360 really start to take its shape with all of the media additions that came to the console. One of the major sign-ons was ESPN and their ESPN3 video content. Sporting over 3,500 events per year after its late 2010 upgrade, the ESPN channel on Xbox 360 really was the place to be.

Now, after what felt like forever, more upgrades have made their way to the channel, making me wish Brighthouse would finally grant me full access to the service!

For details on what I'm missing out on, check after the break.

Now Xbox 360 and ESPN have come together to bring over 400 NCAA football games, including 75 exclusives and other great new enhancements to the console without needing to log in to ESPN's site.

Right from Major Nelson himself, here's what we will see.

My Sports – ESPN on Xbox LIVE now allows you to choose your favorite sports and teams and designate these channels as “My Sports,” so you can jump directly into the games and content you care most about. ESPN on Xbox LIVE will automatically provide you with a personalized daily feed of news and highlights based on “My Sports,” catching you up on only the teams and sports you care about most.

Mini Guide – The Mini Guide gives you a preview and quick access to all the sports content you care about right at the bottom of the screen. Saturday is all about college football, and now you don’t have to miss a moment. Is another game tied up late in the fourth? Instantly switch to that game. Halftime? Play the earlier highlights.

Split Screen – Because true sports fans want to watch more than one game at a time, ESPN on Xbox LIVE is adding Split Screen, allowing you to watch two events at once. Watch live events on both screens or a live event on one while you catch up on news and highlights on the other. You can even control both screens independently, pausing and rewinding each separately so you never miss a second of the action.

Voice Control with Kinect – Focus on your team instead of looking for the remote. Navigate through the Content Guide, skip to the next highlight, or play, pause, and rewind that big play…all with the sound of your voice and the magic of Kinect.

College Football Scoreboard – ESPN on Xbox LIVE is also adding a live college football scoreboard that you can jump to at any time. You can even use Split Screen to watch the big game on one side of your screen while the live scoreboard occupies the other, keeping you up on all the action from around the country.

Reminders – Too many big games to keep track of in your head? Not to worry – ESPN on Xbox LIVE now lets you tag games and set reminders so you never miss a moment.

Live Alerts – With new live alerts that surface at the bottom of the screen, ESPN on Xbox LIVE will keep you posted on score changes from around college football, even if you’re not keeping a close eye on the scoreboard.

ESPN BottomLine – The addition of the ESPN BottomLine to ESPN on Xbox LIVE keeps you in the know with breaking news and score updates from around the world of sports.

If you're like me and can't get all of these awesome things just yet, keep checking back at ESPN's participating provider list. Of course, all of these things are exclusive to Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers, so if you haven't gotten your subscription yet, why not?


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