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The future of television is here: on your games console

By Tom Chatfield   September 2009

Above: everything in one—a qwerty keyboard controller for the Xbox 360

As well as watching DVDs, listening to music, messaging mates and playing games, there’s one more thing that owners of Britain’s 4m Xbox 360 consoles will be able to do on their prized machines from this autumn: watch television. Specifically, they’ll be able to watch both live and recorded television programmes on Sky’s “Sky Player” service, courtesy of a deal struck earlier this year with Xbox manufacturers Microsoft. The fee hasn’t yet been announced, but it’s a service that will be available to existing Sky customers too, complete with…

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