New Online spotlight additions anytime soon?

New Online spotlight additions anytime soon?

Post by U2V0a » Mon, 05 Sep 2005 14:13:01


i all, I just wanted to chime in a bit about the online spotlight feature of
MCE. I find this feature to be one of the more promissing MCE features
especially going forward as far as internet delivered content goes. I find
myself using it more and more to get fas 10 foot ui access to current
content, especially the MSN TV offerings, and Reuters feeds. That being said,
if this is truely going to be the next big thing as far as video content
deliver, then Microsoft should really be proactive in soliciting new and
userful content for the spotlight. I know that it also takes the cooperation
of the third party content providers to make these things happen but I just
wanted to spout about where the service is now, and a few things that I think
could make it better with content that is already out there. One thing that
stands out is MLBTV. As a subscriber, I can get my baseball games right
through Windows Media Player 10, but there is no 10 foot UI version for MCE.
This can't be hard to do especially seeing that Microsoft and MLB already
have the relationship, but if would make a HUGE diggerence as far as ease of
use and just the general usefulness of MCE for this type of content. Another
nice addition that would instantly add a ton of content to the spotlight
would be to work with AOL to get all their new and expanded video into a
spotlight interface as well. As many people probably know, AOL has really
expanded their streaming content offering recently, and fancy themselves as
moving their business model to more of a content provider of especially their
vast library of video property for (mostly) free streaming. !0 foot this baby
and you have a lot more content. Then there are other video distribution
points like thefeedroom.com that have tons of stuff from all kinds of
sources. This type of content is just screaming for a way for people to grab
a remote and plough through, and Microsoft has all the pieces in place to
make online spotlight a real killer app for people sitting on the whole MCE
type device fence. One gripe while I am at it on the subject. The switch from
full video from ESPN to static stuff from Fox Sports is a real bummer and a
step backwards. I understand that this probably had more to do with
relationships between Microsoft and ESPN ending throughout MSN and the switch
to Foxes content, but can't we get streaming content from Fox Sports just as
easily as we did from ESPN? I know fox streams the content, and actually now
that I look at it they stream most of it through MSNs own video site. Which
leaves me with one last question. Is it just me, or does there seem to be a
lot more content streaming available from MSN over the web that over their
MSNTV app for MCE? I see a ton of baseball and other content that is
streamable fro MSN via the web that is just not there in MCE. That is just
plain silly, and I think that Microsoft should really try to blow the doors
off of peoples minds with the bredth and scope of easily available streaming
content through MCE. To me, I can PVr and all that stuff with a whole host of
other software and devices, and you know Tivo and others are really getting
ready to make stronger moves into internet streaming right to the TV.
Microsoft has a built in advantage and lead in this area, and I would just
like to see a lot more of those empty blue boxes with room for content in the
spotlight, filled in with stuff.