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Top Online Use For Xbox Is No Longer Games

March 28, 2012 by staff 

Top Online Use For Xbox Is No Longer Games, Microsoft’s invasion of the living room is going into overdrive. Comcast’s Xfinity on-demand service, HBO Go and MLB.tv are now available through Xbox Live — and they’re arriving right as the console undergoes a major transition in how people use it.

While the Xbox is still very much a gaming machine, it’s now being used more for watching TV and movies and listening to music than it is for blasting opponents in Halo or Call of Duty.

“The original vision for the Xbox was for it to be the heart of connected digital entertainment and it has been amazing to watch the arc,” Otto Berkes, a senior vice president of consumer technology at HBO and part of the team that helped launch the Xbox at Microsoft, told the Los Angeles Times.

Over the past year, entertainment usage on the 360 has grown 30 percent. All totaled, Xbox Live gold members spend an average of 84 hours a month on Xbox Live in the U.S.

To put that in perspective, the average household spends about 150 hours a month watching television

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