OK, That Wasn't Some Sort Of Secret DVR In The Next Xbox Update

xbox live tvXbox Live is already getting Live TV, so why not a DVR as well?

Update: After this story posted, somebody from the Xbox team finally explained what this was:The Take Home Recorder that you saw during the demo this week has nothing to do with DVR functionality. It was included in a menu only visible to alpha participants and it is functionality that our engineers used to contribute feedback.

There are no DVR features planned for Xbox or Xbox Live at this time, says Microsoft.


Here’s the original story:

The other day during a demonstration of Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Live dashboard update, the demonstrator scrolled past a mysterious item under a menu called “Pre-Release.”

The icon looked like an Xbox with a red camera light, and it was labelled “Takehome Recorder.”

It wasn’t part of the demo. When I asked the demonstrator about it, he looked puzzled and then said it must be some alpha stuff that the team is testing.

It could be nothing, or a feature for internal employee use only.

But earlier this year, Geekwire noticed that the Xbox Live demonstration at E3 included an icon called “My DVR.”

Microsoft is working with TV providers to try and get them to deliver live shows — the company already has a deal with BSkyB in the U.K. and their spokesperson told me the company would be “delighted” to get U.S. providers like Comcast on board. 

So adding a cloud-based digital video recording service would make a lot of sense.

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