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News Corp. to add content to Microsoft's Xbox Live

January 9, 2012 | 10:15 pm

Microsoft announced that News Corp. will be offering a series of apps for the Xbox Live service, featuring content from Fox Broadcasting, Fox News Channel, the Wall Street Journal and IGN Entertainment
Microsoft Corp. plans to bring Homer Simpson, Bill O'Reilly and Zooey Deschanel to its Xbox Live service.

Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, in what could mark his final keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, announced Monday that media conglomerate News Corp. will be offering a series of apps featuring content from Fox Broadcasting, Fox News Channel, the Wall Street Journal and IGN Entertainment.

News Corp. said the content would be made available this year to Xbox Live Gold members who also are paying subscribers of as-yet-unidentified cable and satellite TV services.

The company said the Fox Broadcasting app would allow Xbox users to watch episodes of "Fringe," "The Simpsons," "New Girl" and "Family Guy." The Fox News app is to offer on-demand videos from such well-known personalities as Megyn Kelly and Bill O'Reilly.

The Wall Street Journal and WSJ Live are set to provide four hours of live video each business day, drawn from the Journal, Dow Jones News Wires, Barron's, Market Watch, Smart Money and AllThingsD.com.

Game site IGN Entertainment is to offer previews, game reviews, game-play videos and instant access to game help. 

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Photo: Zooey Deschanel stars in "New Girl." Credit: Greg Gayne / Fox

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