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Netflix files a final parting shot to the FCC over Net neutrality

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TV production no longer name of the game for Xbox

Microsoft has decided to shut Xbox Entertainment Studios, which the company launched in 2012 to develop original video programming specific to the gaming console. Instead, the software giant will re-focus efforts on its core videogame business. The decision is part of a company-wide restructuring, which will include the loss of 18,000 jobs over the next year. The company feels that gaming is a higher-value investment, execs said.

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Second-screen engagement hits all-time high with World Cup

The qualifying round of the World Cup 2014 has become a milestone event for global second-screen TV applications, as evidenced by engagement on such diverse apps as Televisa’s Deportes (Mexico), ESPNSync, and L’Equipe Connect (France), and a range of offerings throughout the Americas.

TV production no longer name of the game for Xbox

Michelle Clancy
The qualifying round of the World Cup 2014 has become a milestone event for global second-screen TV applications, as evidenced by engagement on such diverse apps as Televisa’s Deportes (Mexico), ESPNSync, and L’Equipe Connect (France), and a range of offerings throughout the Americas.


“As part of the planned reduction to our overall workforce and in light of our organisation’s mission, we plan to streamline a handful of portfolio and engineering development efforts across Xbox,” said Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Studios. “One such plan is that, in the coming months, we expect to close Xbox Entertainment Studios. I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the accomplishments from the entire team in XES. They have built an impressive slate of original programming and pioneered interactive entertainment on Xbox, such as the innovative reality series Every Street United that succeeded in uniting audiences around the globe during the recent World Cup.”  

“I am pleased that the single biggest digital life category, measured in both time and money spent, in a mobile-first world is gaming,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, in a memo to employees. “We are fortunate to have Xbox in our family to go after this opportunity with unique and bold innovation. Microsoft will continue to vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox.”

The closing will happen “in the coming months,” according to Spencer. Some projects, including the Halo television series, will continue on. And the app partnerships that Microsoft has with content providers to bring entertainment, sports and TV content to Xbox customers are not impacted.

“Xbox will continue to support and deliver interactive sports content like NFL on Xbox, and we will continue to enhance our entertainment offering on console by innovating the TV experience through the monthly console updates,” Spencer said.