A week after the launch of the updated Xbox 360 dashboard featuring the new ‘metro’ look and voice controls, the first Australian content has hit – it’s SBS ON DEMAND. Sorry about the shouting but that’s the name!
Both ABC iView and SBS ON DEMAND were scheduled for the December 6 launch, however certification delays with Microsoft meant that didn’t happen – instead we were told ‘later in December’. Today, SBS released screenshots of its new platform after the certification went through and the app went live.
It’s a great looking on-demand TV viewing experience, something very different no matter what you’ve seen before. This is not just a basic service either, the SBS ON DEMAND app has full Kinect and Voice Control capability so it’s a genuinely new viewing experience. Interestingly the ABC iView app has not been added this week, so some additional development will be going on at Aunty this ahead of a likely launch next Wednesday.
Trevor Long is an employee of SBS.