A representative of MultiChoice has told MyGaming that the DStv operator has not yet entered into any discussion with Microsoft SA to support Xbox One and its television controlling interface.
The Xbox One was unveiled on 21 May 2013 – the device goes beyond functioning as a mere gaming console, and is being touted as an all-in-one central unit for home entertainment systems. Some of the announced television features of the Xbox One include the ability to control a set-top box (STB) from a satellite TV provider, as well as interact with program guides. Microsoft confirmed that this TV initiative will be rolling out to 41 countries.
“MultiChoice has not had any discussions with Microsoft about the TV initiative on its newly launched Xbox One,” a MultiChoice representative told us. “Our focus is to continually enhance the viewing experience of our customers on our DStv service, across a range of different platforms. To this end, we are always open to discuss possible partnership and cooperation agreements with external parties. Just recently we entered into such an agreement with Samsung across the African continent.”
This provides a glimmer of hope for MultiChoice customers that are also interested in the Xbox One.
The Xbox One supports HDMI passthrough technology, but simply plugging in your television provider’s STB likely won’t be enough to utilise the features boasted by the console, such as voice navigation of a TV service provider’s digital guides and voice controlled changing of TV channels.
Controlling something like DStv’s digital program guide using the Xbox One will likely require software integration on both the DStv decoder and the Xbox One. We asked Microsoft SA to confirm this supposition, but the company told us that due to the secrecy around the Xbox One reveal, they learnt about many of the features at the same time as consumers, and therefore cannot provide details at this stage.
A Microsoft SA representative told MyGaming that now the information is public, they will be working to open discussions with potential television partners to get their services integrated and functional on the Xbox One. However, no commitments could be made at this stage.