Microsoft prepares to jump into crowded field with Xbox TV shows

Microsoft (MSFT) intends to this week provide hints about exclusive programming for the Xbox, with shows set to include a series from Steven Spielberg based on the videogame "Halo."

Another expected program is "Every Street United," a documentary-style series about soccer that will start in time for the World Cup in June.

However, Microsoft faces a crowded field in which Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Yahoo are producing original content for the Internet.

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  • kata
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    How right you are, content is extremely valuable and Msft should use some of its cash horde to buy it as well as build it. Msft or FB should buy Pinterest before it comes public and put it on their mobile offerings. Its content is perfect for mobile set top desk top and monetizes easily and is extremely sticky. Its estimated at 3.8B but could go much higher and rightfully so. Its usage amongst young women could rival that of video games among young men and its content is generated by its users. Right now it throws off more mobile revenue per user than anyone but FB. The winner in the next round will be those CEOs that are the most nimble. Move fast and break things, indeed.
    27 Apr 2014, 02:14 PM Reply Like
  • newnnly
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    I see this as another example of the change we see developing in the way MSFT approaches it's competitive field of play. As other investors have shown recently, I like what I see. It's not so much the size of the company I like but instead the way it seems to be adapting to an ever changing competitive environment. The old MSFT seemed to sit around forever doing nothing to compete in new areas of Technology-commerce. The new CEO will most assuredly make inroads into areas such as mobile and touch tech but I also see him ahead of the curve on new emerging areas as time goes on. Not just catching up to the likes of Apple and Google but leading the pack again. I'm very excited to see this change in strategic management. Kudos MSFT!
    27 Apr 2014, 08:33 PM Reply Like
  • thechas7
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    This tortoise has been showing off some new moves lately! And fairly soon, you can even have your start button back!
    27 Apr 2014, 11:56 PM Reply Like
  • newnnly
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    I love the start button! Just another example of a new way of thinking at MSFT! How simple a thing is this and yet it means a lot to users like me. And the fact that MSFT is bringing it back means a lot to me as an investor. I know this sounds kind of silly, but I'll bet a lot of other folks can relate. It shows a willingness on management's part to listen to the average person. Big Kudos MSFT.
    28 Apr 2014, 06:55 PM Reply Like
  • dezee
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    I've found to come to the same conclusion that once something isnt working, they quickly fix it or at least listen to consumers. This is probably Satya Nedella thinking, cool name
    28 Apr 2014, 07:13 PM Reply Like
  • jammerculture
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    Its funy, when I first got a windows 8 computer I was all "where's the start button, wtf, rabble rabble". My boss just gave me a new PC with windows 7 on it. I can't figure out how we lived with such a small start screen. And dealing with cascading menus!?!?!? I never thought I would say it, but I miss windows 8.
    29 Apr 2014, 02:16 PM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    Update after update, W8 looks good or better. I liked 8.1 that was fine for me. I see what they were trying to do so it made sense
    30 Apr 2014, 03:14 AM Reply Like
  • newnnly
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    @jammerculture- Ha! That's the first time I heard someone say that they miss windows 8. I can't wait to get mine. And now it will have the start button. Yippy!
    29 Apr 2014, 06:44 PM Reply Like
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