The latest entertainment app to launch for the Xbox 360 comes from The CW (the relationship has now come full circle), bringing shows like Arrow, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries to the console. Special to this offering is that it will stream full episodes the day after they air on network TV, and will not require users to verify a cable or satellite subscription. Xbox Live Gold is required, so it's not an entirely free pass to stream away. Still, for fans of the shows it's another way to watch and this Friday's Vampire Diaries episode will feature some exclusive second screen content available via SmartGlass. Not into The CW's teen-centric offerings? Beyond the just-launched Pizza Hut app, XBL Silver sports fans can enjoy a free weekend (25th - 28th) of access to ESPN, MLB.tv, UFC (the 7 pre-fight stories), NHL GameCenter and NBA Game Time. There's also the Hockey Night in Canada app, and an update for Hulu Plus that lets parents search for kids shows based on age group.
This weekend, several popular sports apps will be unlocked from Gold from April 25 – 28 for Xbox LIVE subscribers in the U.S. and Canada. This is a great opportunity for sports fans to give their current sports subscription packages the Xbox LIVE makeover. More details below.
· ESPN: Start the weekend with full live coverage and highlights of the NFL Draft and sports around the world on ESPN.**
· MLB.TV: Watch over 50 free MLB games with MLB.TV and personalize the experience by selecting your favorite teams. No MLB.TV subscription required!
· UFC: Gear up for the big UFC 159 PPV matchup of Jones vs. Sonnen by watching all 7 fight stories for free.**
· NHL GameCenter: Enjoy highlights, recaps, and clips from the best of the NHL as teams jockey for position leading into the NHL Playoffs.**
· NBA Game Time: Enjoy highlights and recaps of first round coverage of the NBA Playoffs throughout the weekend.**
Pizza Hut is launching the first-of-a-kind ordering app, allowing Xbox LIVE members in the U.S. to purchase pizza, wings, pasta and more from Xbox 360. The full menu, including new products, can be ordered from the Xbox LIVE dashboard and operated using an Xbox 360 controller or hand gestures and voices commands via Kinect for Xbox 360.
CBC's Hockey Night in Canada keeps you connected to the game you love with Xbox.* Watch live games and stay up-to-date with special in-game features designed especially for you. We've got you covered even if you miss a game with near instant 3-minute highlight packs after the game and a Weekly Top 5 that helps you talk about the great save, amazing goal or hard-hitting action. CBC's Hockey Night In Canada on Xbox is a new way to enjoy the traditional game.
Hulu Plus* becomes more kid friendly with a new discovery experience for kids. In addition to "Shows You Watch" and "Most Popular" categories, parents can search movies and TV shows by age group. Also check out the three new "Twists" for Kids, Latino and Trailers with improved discovery and content.