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Xbox ONE Network Down by DDOS Attackers Who Took Down PSN Earlier

Update #1: Source: Microsoft (click here)

Update #2: Users are replying to the RGN Twitter account now saying that they cannot get into World of Warcraft either allegedly.

Issues have already began as Xbox ONE and Xbox 360 begin to experience problems from the same set of DDOS attackers who took down PSN earlier today as they allegedly forewarned would happen. Below are a few samples of what’s going on right now, although it may be hard to make sense of it all without being given the full scope of imagery. The FBI are currently involved in locating the targets as well as bringing them to justice according to Sony statements earlier, as whoever is responsible took things a bit far earlier.

Inside information is leading to the fact that these groups will likely target EA Games servers, and many more next. This will likely not stop yet, and has been going on to hundreds of companies gaming and non-gaming in the past couple of years especially.

 

RGN Community Reactions to both the PS4 and X1 scenarios today:

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New PS4 Social Features Being Tested Out On Survey Takers

The Sony PlayStation 4 has been getting some new and upcoming features debuted for it lately in the public. However, word is that Sony are now taking a look at testing out the opinions of users in regard to enhanced options for the PlayStation Network, PS4, and other Sony products overall. The main focus here is with changing the way users can interact. These social-centric features are pitched to potential survey takers with the implication that Sony could be gearing up for an upgrade to the PS4’s social ecosystem which has been a strong backbone for it already generating lots of user-generated content including photos, Twitter tweets, videos, livestreams, Facebook posts, and more. Take a look at some of the survey’s content below:

  • Player Reputation system based on a user rating system
  • Advanced matchmaking system (to help pair you with players at your skill level or player preference)
  • Ability to chat across PlayStation Platforms (i.e., with PS3 or PS Vita users)
  • Ability to change your PlayStation username
  • Ability to be invisible: see who is online without broadcasting the fact that you are online
  • Ability to party chat with more than 8 people at a time
  • Synchronization of messages across platforms, so that PS3/PS Vita messages all appear on PS4 and vice versa
  • On-screen notifications when your friends come online

Survey takers are asked to rate each feature’s importance to them (to determine which features are most in demand by the community) on a scale of Very appealing to Very unappealing. That being said, we shouldn’t go expecting every one of these features to come into fruition – but rather now that this survey has been leaked gamers should become vocal about one or two features they find the most important to them and attempt to get a community rallied behind Sony for positive reinforcement (read: no trolling / entitlement please). Personally, I could really go for having more than 8 people in a party at a time but only if press-to-talk was implemented and people can be mature on the PS4 voice chat service.

[Some Info Sourced: anonymous PSN member via VGXNetwork]

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PlayStation Store Update – North America PSN – 03-25-2014

For all our fellow RGN PlayStation fans out there, this week holds some exciting new releases on PS3, PS4, and PS Vita. The much awaited title Fez finally makes its debut on the PlayStation platforms, and Sony also has some great discounts on Bioshock and God of War Ascension content.  RGN has compiled a list of all the new content on the PlayStation Store for your viewing pleasure.

New Releases

PS4 Games

Price

Call of Duty Ghosts Gold Edition $59.99
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition $59.99
Fez Cross-Buy $12.99

PS3 Games

Cabela’s Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts $29.99
Call of Duty Ghosts Gold Edition $59.99
Deception IV Blood Ties $59.99
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends $39.99
Fez Cross-Buy $12.99
The Witch and The Hundred Knights $49.99
Trinity: Souls of Zill O’ll $19.99 digital re-release
Warriors: Legends of Troy $19.99 digital re-release

PS Vita

Deception IV Blood Ties $39.99
Destiny of Spirits FREE
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends $39.99
Fez Cross-Buy $12.99

PSone Classics

TNN Motorsports Hardcore TR $5.99

Apps

MLB.TV Premium PS4
Hulu PS Vita
Redbox PS Vita

PS Plus Instant Game Collection

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite PSP & PS VITA

Discounts and Sales

Regular Price

PS Plus Price

Bioshock $9.99 $5.00
Bioshock 2 $9.99 $5.00
Bioshock Infinite – Burial At Sea – Episode 1 $10.49 $7.34
Bioshock Infinite – Clash In The Clouds $3.49 $2.44
Bioshock Infinite – Columbia’s Finest Pack $3.49 $2.44
Fez – PS Vita $12.99 $9.74
Fez – PS3 $12.99 $9.74
Fez – PS4 $12.99 $9.74
In addition to the Bioshock sale, the majority of God of War Ascension DLC is either free or heavily discounted.
Visit PlayStation Blog for a full list of PSN prices.

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Launching “Revolt” This Monday, New Music Television Channel

Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Sean Combs, call him what you want but you cannot deny his presence in the world as one of the highest paid entrepreneurs stemming from the hip hop industry. Diddy will be launching his own music television channel this Monday which aims to bring a new source of music, entertainment, and music industry news to the forefront of network television. Diddy will be sourcing $100 Million of revenue (mostly from his own billion dollar pockets) in order to cover the costs of start-up for the new channel which Diddy believes could not only be a potential success story in the making, but actually has become necessary due to a lack of trusted news and content providers in the music entertainment industry in terms of television channels. Find out more about Diddy’s intentions and what helped spark the idea for the entrepreneur’s latest venture in the following video below.

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Sony Blatantly Rips Off Microsoft Xbox Rewards With No Shame

Sony was famous for being treated like trash last generation as their PlayStation 3 struggled to get any attention at all for the greater half of its existence. PS3 Released originally in 2006 with no games to speak of other than a few cult classics, if you can even call them that, like Warhawk and Resistance: Fall of Man which failed to move a respectable amount of units and confusing the entire game development world with the architecture of the cell processor causing many bad third party ports (or worse no port at all). It wasn’t until games like Uncharted 2 and LittleBigPlanet that the Sony PS3 started gaining momentum as a brand, eventually leading to where it sits today as one of the fan favorites (depending on who you speak to). All this time Sony has been playing the role of the underdog, and it turns out it was an act all along.

As the media suspiciously turns their backs on the Microsoft Xbox brand and now treats them like trash insulting the Xbox ONE before DRM was even announced (just as the PS3 was being bashed before the specs were even announced) now all of a sudden Sony feels king again and has begun to take actions that show their renewed egomania. Today, those actions come in the form of a complete identity theft of the Microsoft Xbox Rewards program by the Sony PlayStation brand.

For the past 7+ years the term “Xbox Ambassador” has been being used as well as “Achievements” pre-dating the PS3 trophy system, and today Sony has shamelessly decided that it would like to have the same benefits for its gamers but not only reward people for recruiting others to spend money on PSN to earn “Achievements” but also promise them the hopes of one day becoming a PlayStation “Ambassador” and “Grand Ambassador” even beyond that.

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RGN Daily News #37: PS3 Update 4.45 Bricking Systems

Join us in a late-night Episode #37 of the RGN Daily News podcast. On tonight’s show we send out an urgent SOS to all PlayStation 3 gamers who may or may not be effected by the latest firmware updated released by Sony. If you have a non-OEM hard drive or a hard drive above 500gb you may want to avoid installing Update 4.45 on the PlayStation Network. Hopefully your PS+ didn’t install it for you automatically and brick your machine. This show tries to nail down all the newest information regarding the glitch and find out what caused it.

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PlayStation 4 Specs and Release Date Confirmed Again by Official PlayStation Magazine

Today the Official PlayStation Magazine sorted out the claims from the reality when it comes to what exactly PlayStation 4 will bring to the table in terms of hardware specs and even when we can expect to get our hands on the machines ourselves. Among the data compiled OPM also mentions that Killzone: Shadow Fall is “rumored” to have run with only 1.5gb of PlayStation 4 8gb GDDR5 Memory being used, seeming to suggest far more power will come out of PlayStation 4 for years to come upon release to the market.

Beyond the features OPM mentions, we at RealGamerNewz are also excited to report that our most anticipated feature will be instant game demos (no downloading required) and in-demo purchases that will download the rest of the game for you without interrupting gameplay. If this can be pulled off gracefully then we will once and for all have an end to bad shopping experiences in digital distribution stores on gaming console devices.

Release Date

  • Holiday 2013
  • (regions TBC)

DualShock 4

  • Improved latency, controls and
  • motion sensing
  • Built-in speaker, headphone jack
  • and front touchpad
  • Front-mounted light bar both signals to player and adds motion-sensing options

PlayStation 4 Eye

  • Two 1280×800 resolution cameras
  • Four microphones
  • 85º field of view

Main Processor

  • CPU x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, eight cores
  • GPU 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon-based graphics engine

Memory

  • GDDR5 8GB

Hard Disk Drive

  • Built-in Optical Drive (read-only)
  • Blu-ray 6xCAV
  • DVD 8xCAV
  • Connectivity
  • USB 3.0
  • Ethernet
  • Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)
  • AV output HDMI
  • Analogue-AV out
  • Optical digital output

Check out Official PlayStation Magazine’s writeup on the upcoming PlayStation 4 and be sure to follow RealGamerNewz via the links below to stay up to date on the latest PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 news, reviews, and rumors.

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Xbox Live Down, Media Immediately Panic

Microsoft has announced that many Xbox 360 players may experience issue attempting to use their friends list, play online, and use the Xbox Live Marketplace today as the Xbox Live system is currently down for maintenance. The website that lets you know the up-to-date status of Xbox Live shows the system as being online other than a couple of long-standing errors, as seen below:

“Users may experience difficulties with the following services:

  • Creating new or accessing existing Minecraft game saves
  • Last.fm” [Microsoft Xbox Live Website]

CLICK HERE for the latest status of the Xbox Live network. This post was created April 14, 2013 at 6AM Eastern Time as major media outlets continue to speculate about rumors behind the Xbox Live shutdown. We at RealGamerNewz will not indulge in fantastic conspiracy theory behind what could have caused the outage and instead will wait for Microsoft’s official update as we’ve reached out for further clarification of the nature of this shutdown.

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UPDATED: Anonymous Claims They Hacked Xbox Live, And They’re Not Done Yet

***UPDATED*** Scroll to the bottom for the latest information on this story.

Microsoft’s Xbox Live went down last night and was still down at 6AM this morning when RealGamerNewz made its report on the situation at hand. Now the explosive details have emerged that “hacktivist” (Hacker Activist) group Anonymous is taking credit for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 downtime across social networks such as Library of Congress-Monitored “Twitter”. This may be in response to the forced resignation of Adam Orth due to the hacker group’s history for advocating freedom of speech rights. The primal result of this occurrence is that the world now knows the arrests made recently when hacker group LulzSec was co-operating with the FBI will not be the last of this group of shadow enforcers attempting to change history through non-violent means.

Another potential reason why this group who took down PlayStation Network in 2011 for over a month could be targeting Xbox Live this time around is because of the rumored Xbox 720 Big Brother software which maps your identity based on your facial bone structure which is stored in a database that Microsoft has admitted is “100% transparent with the United States” [read: government] and has a Kinect 2 camera built-in while also introducing once and for all the dreaded Online-Only gaming console experience.

Anonymous has stated that although Microsoft may have gotten the Xbox Live servers up and running again, they are not done with them by a long shot. Reporters close to the matter are even saying that there is a full download of data occurring including Credit Card information (though it will likely be heavily encrypted), email addresses, and anything else that can be obtained in an effort to prove that Microsoft should not be trusted with the massive amount of data they intend to harvest with the Big Brother software/hardware combo embedded in Xbox 720’s core design and possibly ulterior motive for existing. After yesterday’s reports of an arrest resulting from an online MMORPG company tipping off authorities, this type of law enforcement is no longer science fiction and technology like Always-Online paired consoles in your home with bone-scanning 3 Dimensional Stereo Cameras (Kinect 2) that can’t be unplugged present perhaps the largest threat to the American citizen’s privacy in human history.

Hopefully Microsoft announces something Xbox 720 related soon and puts to rest the notion that their console is an evil machine trying to take over their freedom, but it’s times like these I am glad that I invented Always-Offline DRM yesterday for the most incredible 360 game of all time MASS EFFECT which doesn’t need any multiplayer and doesn’t need any new ending because Mac Walters is a genius.

Further Reading: MOST RELIABLE XBOX 720 NEWS TO DATE

***UPDATE*** Anonymous has apparently stated that the original statement made by alleged Anonymous members was not representative of their group and that they will not be hacking Xbox Live any time soon. Although the group has no official leadership structure supposedly, we are now told that the users sharing the information reported in the unedited original report above are now being discredited by Anonymous themselves.

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Around the Internet in a Minute – Human Statistics by Intel

Intel has released the following data revealing what happens on the internet every time a minute passes. For every single minute that passes, the following internet activity occurs:

  • 639,800GB of global IP Data is transferred
  • 204 Million E-mails are sent
  • 20 Million photos viewd on Flickr
  • 6 Million Profiles viewed on Facebook
  • 2 Million Searches on Google
  • 1.3 Million Videos watched on YouTube
  • 100,000 new Tweets on Twitter
  • 64,141 Hours of Music is played
  • $83,000 in Online Sales
  • 1,300 new Mobile users on the Internet
  • 135 Botnet infections
  • 100 new LinkedIn Accounts
  • 20 New victims of identity theft

The following interesting data was also released:

The Internet also experiences:

  • There’s as many online devices as there are humans on Earth.
  • By 2015, there will be 2x as many online devices as there are humans on Earth.
  • By 2015, 5 Years worth of Video Chat is being communicated between Internet users per Second

CLICK HERE to zoom in on the full-size image and get the visual impact on these statistics of the human species and its most widespread electronic communication network, The Internet (As of 2013).

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HipHopGamer: Possible Getaway 3 Footage from PlayStation 4

In a recent episode of HipHopGamerShow on HipHopGamerInc the industry insider brings us news on the potential for The Getaway 3 to be launched on the upcoming next generation PlayStation 4 console. Check out the video below:

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Top 5 ‘WTF?’ Moments in Gaming Innovation this Generation

Correct me if you feel I’m wrong, but I’ve seen so much let-down, missed opportunity, generic/vague washover, and flat-out devolution as a gamer this gaming generation that I feel the need to speak up. How many of you out there can relate to me? When you are such a big fan of a franchise, it is nearly impossible to be satisfied with the evolving progress of said franchise.

Yet generation after generation we have seen Super Mario move into 3D, we’ve seen Resident Evil move to over-the-shoulder camera angle, we’ve even seen Final Fantasy go from being all about gameplay and story, to all about cinematography and story, and we’ve seen shooters redefine the online play-space over and over… until this generation, when the standard of innovation fell off a cliff for some blockbuster names.

Here is my personal Top 5 Smallest Advances This Video Game Generation based on my own personal bias and interests as well as my reactions to events in the game industry. I don’t expect everyone to agree (especially not with all five) since we all have our own viewpoints and opinions surrounding these largely popular titles, but hear me out.

5. LittleBigPlanet 2 – Looking for love in all the wrong places, LittleBigPlanet was rejected as an Xbox 360 exclusive and found its home on the PlayStation 3 where custom network solutions and User Generated Content are championed, not shunned. After the original’s huge success, many people found themselves playing endless community levels inspired and created by everyone from 3 year old geniuses to bored adolescents spending a few minutes on something they will never complete. The true gem of LittleBigPlanet was definitely its creation system, but did they have to give up on the rest of the game?

LittleBigPlanet had Story Mode levels that were truly unmatched by their User Generated counterparts. The sequel might not be able to hold that same achievement, for better or for worse. Before the beta was even complete for LittleBigPlanet 2 we saw gamers trying to recreate Final Fantasy VII just to prove how advanced their ‘LBP2 skillz’ had become. This is truly great, but somewhere along the line LittleBigPlanet needs to re-define itself before it loses its soul to random vagueness that User Generated communities can sometimes cause.

The little sack-boy story took a good evolution but if the creation mode insists on being the most important, we are going to need to see an adult version of this game with guns and more realistic graphics. Playing with sacks all day gets old, and this sequel came very fast and very disappointing for me. Maybe it’s me, maybe I’m asking for too much in the post-Guitar Hero era. Don’t get me wrong, LittleBigPlanet 2 is an amazing game that’s probably one of the best throughout the year it released, but it could have been so much more if it wasn’t rushed out for a cash-in.

4. Final Fantasy XIII – Just like the other franchises mentioned in this post, this game strikes in my heart as a very important moment in gaming. Upon the release of Final Fantasy XIII I found myself intrigued, mystified, and very curious. The greater half of vocal majority players online and die-hard FF fans voiced their internet rage (and in some cases in person) over what is probably going to go down as the “worst Final Fantasy of all-time”. Even being worst in such a series as Final Fantasy still doesn’t mean the game is automatically horrible. I found enjoyment in it and feel like I understand the system that was put in place for the battle to shift from individual actions to over-arching strategies.

However, this game really brought to light the issues that the fan-base has with Square Enix and their new direction with the title that has been ever-distant from the original FFVI + FFVII styles that made the franchise so popular in the first place. Like with Resident Evil’s progression over time, we see increased focus on graphics, increased invasion of Action elements at the sacrifice of Adventure and Role Playing ones, and worse – a failure to respond to the fans’ needs for innovation. Just when I thought things were going to be saved, the ‘Gestalt mode’ made me cringe as I found it to be a never-ending Chinese torture session of missed opportunities for amazing gameplay design.

Final Fantasy is a game that has always pushed the envelope. It makes a point to be different every time, so asking for it to bring back some of its roots into the formula might be a little out of line. However, I do think its worth noting the similarities between the largely beloved Final Fantasy X and the largely hated Final Fantasy XIII. Both games sacrificed a lot to bring what is essentially a linear experience to the gamer world in which Final Fantasy is still well represented. It worked the first time, but maybe it’s time to learn while you are ahead and keep FF an RPG game with a more believable illusion of freedom than was presented in FFXIII.

3. Unreal Tournament 3 (PS3 Version)  This game could have been a masterpiece, especially the PlayStation 3 version which was a timed console exclusive by Epic Games (though no one would know that thanks to their $0 advertising campaign supporting that factoid). The exclusive features on the PS3 to justify this? Oh no big deal, just MOD SUPPORT, and FREE MAPS from the UT3 ‘modding’ community. This was an amazing feature to include, in fact revolutionary to an industry that now champions DLC as a way of selling every little enhancement, map, and feature that gets added to a game after release.

Why then, was it never implemented in full? Epic Games seriously dropped the ball in a way that is unforgivable this time with the failure to make the maps and mods smooth to play on and share on PS3. If you head over to UT3Mod.com right now you will still see new mods and maps being released periodically for the 2007 FPS game. However, despite Epic Games teaming up with the creator of this website which hosts maps and mods across the entire, massive UT3 Mod community, the “mod browser” offered in-game (and released a long time after the game) is a joke at best, doing almost nothing to simplify installing these mods and maps.

The pinned “2020” post of how to install maps using the PS3’s Web Browser should be a testament to how useless this feature truly is. The game also claims to “auto-download” custom material from servers running this content, however it never seems to be that simple and installing is always a must anyways. Unreal Tournament 3 should have taken the world by storm, but it was missing that ease-of-use LittleBigPlanet had when it comes to accessing User Created Content.

Those of us patient enough to actually roll with the archaic system got to see everything from UT3 snowboarding to playable characters like Cloud Strife and Marcus Fenix on the PlayStation 3. You have a lot to learn from Sony and Media Molecule on this one Epic Games. But you should have already known better having already had a successful and alive mod community. Another case of dollars over innovation, disappointing and definitely a ‘WTF?’ moment for this generation of video games.

2. Resident Evil 6 The game is still not here, so the verdict is out of course. However, from the looks of what we are being shown so far, I have to be honest – I’m a little disappointed already. With Resident Evil 4 on the GameCube came the first major re-draft of the Resident Evil series since the original trio debuted to huge popularity on the original PlayStation system. Gracefully done, RE4’s formula brought a lot of Action elements into the series which seems to have been necessary due to hardware limitations that were introduced by pushing graphics to the limit for the generation of consoles it debuted for. RE5, while a beautiful looking game, should no longer have been pushing those limits on current hardware.

Rocking a GUI nearly identical to RE4 though we saw RE5 rise to great popularity amongst a typical amount of negative fan feedback (you can’t always please everyone right?). I personally relate to people who miss the more survival-horror, exploring roots of the franchise. However, I do feel RE4 and RE5 were done very well, and thus acceptable evolutions of the series. But for Resident Evil 6 to continue making minor tweaks to this formula without re-defining the game again causes me to feel slightly robbed.

I take a jog down memory lane and realize that we are playing the same original concept that debuted on the GameCube so many years ago. At this rate it seems Capcom is never going to give us that mystical, fantasized balance between Action and Survival Horror that all true RE fans crave. Instead they want to try and bring us that same compromise but with the same UI we’ve been playing since RE4.

Many fans are okay with the small tweaks Capcom is bringing to the table with this new installment, I just pray we see a new engine and facelift to the game and aren’t doomed to keep playing RE4 re-arrangements generations into the future.

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 To break down an exhaustive list right now about everything that innovation junkies find troublesome with the COD franchise would be redundant; that’s what google‘s for. That being said, some of the worst points that can be pointed out are the maps, the greedy DLC structure that ELITE didn’t make better as promised, the lack of acceptable bullet tracking and hit detection (that the Kill Cams prove as well as YouTube), and best of all a major lack of change while game after game was presented.

That sure was a mouthful, and if you love this franchise still then you won’t feel my pain on this and will probably see my view as that of a hater. Either way, the fans of Call of Duty are sectioned off to so many different segments. There’s COD4 killers out there still believe it or not, even as COD9 (Black Ops 2) approaches. More importantly there’s MW2 players with and without the DLC, MW3 players with and without ELITE, Black Ops players that don’t know up from down anymore, and World At War players screaming “I’m still here!”, but nobody can hear them.

How are we supposed to be interested in this as online multiplayer veterans of the gaming industry? How many times will people be willing to buy the same thing over and over again? I suppose we will have to wait and find out when some real competition surfaces, since currently no shooter is able to challenge good ole’, all American COD.

Conclusion

Love it or hate it, every game has its pros and cons. That doesn’t mean we should lie down and accept “good”, “okay”, “decent”, games that are “straight” at best and only called the best by those who are following the dollars. Most of these games are not completely garbage, and actually some of them are very high quality productions. The reason these games were chosen is because they have all given the feeling that much more could have come of this. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if every game company worked with Mod developers and Indie designers and threw all of the corporate complications out the window to go beyond the mainstream redundancy we see today.

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Rumor: Xbox ‘Live TV’ Project Cancelled

You may or may not have heard about the project currently known as Live TV to the gaming community. This feature was announced at the Microsoft E3 2011 Press Conference and according to ongoing reports was originally planned to resemble something beyond the Netflix/Hulu setup to compete with something even more sophisticated – offerings we see from cable providers.

All of this was in the process of being added to Xbox Live with most speculation and rumor hinting at an eventual increased cost for higher-grade membership of Xbox Live that would allow access. In other words, if you want to watch – you would have to upgrade your account and pay extra  at some point for a higher status (Diamond was a nickname among speculators), if not then you would presumably have the option to remain a Gold member.

According to the latest info surrounding this undertaking, which had Microsoft execs talking shop with the likes of HBO to make headlines, the entire project may have been cancelled for the time being. Royalty costs of digital streaming have still been in a transitional stage but we are starting to see owners of digital content value their intellectual properties more than before.

Netflix and Hulu are feeling the crunch and that’s why Netflix has been having to explain itself to customers about increasing fees and decreasing selection while Hulu seemingly planned ahead for this cost increase by leaving advertisements in to help cover content costs. Is it possible this is happening because of an upcoming shift to new hardware – or is does Microsoft believe it’s just too expensive for Xbox Live consumers during the global financial crisis? Only time will tell.

Thanks to VGP via GameGrep for advancements on this ongoing rumor.

Update: As far as we know this shouldn’t have any long-term effects on the YouTube/Bing Voice portions of Live TV.

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