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Rumor has Microsoft Announcing TV Service at E3

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I love the weekends before E3. I've worked four. You get everything in the tips jar—yesterday we got one that said Half-Life 2: Episode 3 would be a Wii 2 launch title. It was too earnest to be a troll.

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Anyway, this one is in heavy circulation and Microsoft has issued a no comment, so let's go ahead and discuss: Microsoft will reveal an Xbox Live subscription TV service at E3 on Monday, or so the rumor goes.

WinRumors got the ball rolling on this one yesterday afternoon, citing unidentified sources familiar with the plans. But Xbox Live "Diamond," an IPTV service, has been chewed over by insiders for a few months. GameSpot notes that Reuters reported, six months ago, that Microsoft had designs of becoming a "virtual cable operator," through the Xbox 360. Of course, this would all come as an additional monthly fee atop Xbox Live Gold's $59.99 annual subscription.

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WinRumors said Microsoft is still in the process of nailing down agreements, so certain demonstrations and details may be held back from the Monday presser. I suppose that means the whole thing could be held back, too, who knows. Asked for comment, Microsoft told GameSpot the usual no-comment on rumors and speculation.

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Frosted Mini-Wheats

Say, how did the ESPN programming that they announced last year turn out? I've not heard of people using it, but it's not like I hang with many sports fans either. Would this service follow that model do you reckon?