Xbox Live recently announced that it would be introducing more than 40 entertainment apps throughout 2013. Now some video-streaming sites competing with YouTube are making their debut on the entertainment interface.
Starting today, Microsoft is adding content from AOL and Vimeo to complement its entertainment streaming service. It will join the likes of YouTube, Hulu Plus and Netflix when it comes to providing videos, though AOL and Vimeo are focusing on providing more short-form content.
The AOL Plus feature will offer more than 400,000 ad-supported videos from its subsidiaries like Huffington Post, Endgaget and TechCrunch, as well as news and entertainment content from Reuters, BBC, E! and CNET. Besides selecting your videos from the remote, you can search for videos and content using Kinect by making gestures or commands.
Joining AOL Plus is the artsy user-generated video service Vimeo, where users can access their videos and playlists by logging in to Xbox Live. Like AOL Plus, Vimeo users can search and play videos by using Kinect. Users can also create video albums and playlists for users to share with their friends. However, the Vimeo is app is only available to Xbox Live Gold members.
The inclusion of AOL Plus and Vimeo is only the beginning of Xbox Live’s revamp that will focus on more streaming content that will give Xbox console owners more reason to stay entertained outside of gaming.