DStv BoxOffice, Catch Up coming to Xbox One

Technology & Convergence

MultiChoice is busy developing applications for its DStv BoxOffice and Catch Up services for the Xbox One, a spokesperson for Microsoft South Africa told MyBroadband.

Microsoft launched the Xbox One to the South African market at an event in Bryanston on Monday, 22 September 2014, with the console going on sale on 23 September 2014.

In addition to its video gaming features, Microsoft also talked up the ability of the console to plug into users’ home entertainment centres and control them via voice commands.

Just about any device that supports HDMI can be plugged into the Xbox One (such as DStv, StarSat, and other set-top boxes), Microsoft said, though full integration with South Africa’s satellite TV providers is not yet available.

This is because Microsoft has not enabled these features for the South African market yet, but the spokesperson said that the inclusion of DStv’s electronic programme guides in the “OneGuide” and support for channel switching from the Xbox One (through voice commands and more conventional means) is in the works.

Microsoft has also had discussions with MultiChoice regarding DStv apps for Xbox One, and support for DStv BoxOffice, Catch Up, and SuperSport is also on its way for the console.

DStv Catch up is a feature exclusive to DStv Premium subscribers with PVR access (R740 per month), which lets users stream recently aired episodes of TV series and movies to their web browser or iOS device.

DStv BoxOffice is a movie rental service that’s available to anyone, even non-subscribers, and charges R10 to R32 to rent a movie depending on how recently the film was released. The films can be streamed via your browser, a Windows or Mac desktop app, or an Android app currently exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Update: Following the publication of this article, a different spokesperson for Microsoft contacted MyBroadband to say that DStv support for Xbox One was not yet confirmed.

Any details about DStv integration with Xbox One was speculation on the part of the Microsoft spokespeople who provided the information at the event, Microsoft said.

Microsoft has also provided the following statement:

Microsoft is constantly exploring opportunities with various strategic partners. When any of these opportunities result in new services or products, we’ll make the necessary announcements.

Source: My Broadband 23 September 2014