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Xbox to Get 26 Live TV Channels in FiOS Deal

MTV, Comedy Central, HBO, TBS, truTV, CNN and Food Network are among the networks covered by the agreement, with consumers being able to use Kinect voice and gesture controls.

NEW YORK – Verizon’s FiOS TV service and Microsoft’s Xbox said Tuesday that a selection of 26 live FiOS channels will be made available over the Xbox 360. 

Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

Customers who are Xbox Live Gold members and FiOS TV and broadband subscribers will be able to view the networks, which include Viacom’s MTV, Comedy Central and Spike, Time Warner’s HBO, CNN, TBS and truTV and Scripps Networks Interactive’s Food Network, among others.

No extra hardware is required, but people must download the Verizon FiOS TV app on their console. Eligible customers will be able to use voice and gesture commands through the Kinect controller for Xbox 360.

New customers who sign up online for FiOS TV service by Jan. 21 will be offered triple-play service from Verizon, including broadband and telephone starting at $89.99 a month. The offer also includes a 12-month Xbox Live Gold membership and the Xbox Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary game. 

"Joining forces with Microsoft and Xbox, we are breaking the boundaries between TV and gaming, and furthering the borderless lifestyle Verizon customers enjoy with our new offers and services," said Eric Bruno, vp of consumer and mass business product management for Verizon.