Fubo TV Comes to Xbox One

Online TV service FuboTV is launching its first app on Microsoft’s Xbox One video game platform. With the new app, Xbox users (with a $54.99 subscription) can stream sports, news and entertainment TV channels, VOD movies and TV shows. Xbox One X and Xbox One S users can also stream 4K content.

FuboTV features include replaying the last live channel watched when the app is launched. Users can flip through other channels while watching live video. They can also browse recommended sports, news and entertainment content — both live and on demand.

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Subs can DVR entire series, including upcoming episodes, and monitor available cloud DVR storage via a progress bar. All DVR content is available in perpetuity until the user deletes it.

Fubo also lets up to six users within a subscription personalize their viewing options. Each user can create their own profile, favorite channels (which sets the preferred order of how channels appear in the Electronic Program Guide) and DVR the content they want to watch. Personalized content recommendations for each profile will be launched soon.

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Xbox users can subscribe to fuboTV by navigating to the app from the Microsoft Store on Xbox. Additionally, fuboTV will optimize Xbox’s faster load times to ensure less buffering such as when the user selects a live new channel to watch.

“Microsoft makes it easy for us to bring our HTML5 TV application to their platform,” Geir Magnusson Jr., CTO, fuboTV, said in a statement. “We’ll continue to iterate on the app to leverage even more Xbox One features. We look forward to bringing fuboTV’s HTML 5 TV application to even more platforms, including other gaming consoles and smart TVs.”

GameStop: Surviving the Waiting Game

As the world’s largest video game retailer, GameStop has big expectations for new generation consoles coming a year from now from Sony PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox platforms.

In the meantime, the Grapevine, Tex.-based chain continues to absorb fiscal body blows as gamers halt spending on packaged media and/or explore digital alternatives.

Global sales decreased 25.7% to $1.4 billion in the most-recent fiscal period. New hardware sales plummeted 45.8%, while new software sales decreased 32.6%.

GameStop CEO George Sherman

“While the near-term top line environment remains challenged, we do not believe these results are indicative of what we would expect for the business in the long term,” CEO George Sherman said on the fiscal call.

As previously reported, GameStop has begun to divest operations in the Nordics, including Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

“While this will take several months to complete, we believe this effort will yield roughly $15 million in [pre-tax earnings] improvement,” Sherman said.

GameStop also reduced in-store inventories 30%, in addition to investing $115 million in the company and repurchasing 22 million shares for a total investment of $175 million in the quarter.

“Despite the near-term demand headwinds for current generation gaming hardware and software products, GameStop’s evolution as an industry leader to reposition the business model are on track,” Sherman said.

The executive said the chain is also in the process of “re-imagining” the GameStop in-store concept with new layout tests in 12 stores in the Tulsa, Okla. region.

“We’re very encouraged by what we are learning from the numerous customer immersive experiences we are testing,” Sherman said.