Microsoft is kicking Vista Media Center up a notch starting tomorrow morning. All Vista Media Center users (which means you’re running Home Premium or Ultimate) will have access to an early Beta version of Internet TV.
The content available will be completely free, but it will be sponsored by ads. Initially there will be 100 hours of content including:
- Full episodes of TV shows such as the critically acclaimed “Arrested Development”
- Full-length music concerts by artists such as Chris Cornell, Snoop Dogg, Elton John, Pink, John Mayer and the Pussycat Dolls
- High-quality movie trailers from major movie studios
- The latest news segments from MSNBC
- Sports clips from FOX Sports
So I’m left asking myself how successful this is going to be. I do have a Media Center computer hooked up to a television right now, and I really look forward to being able to watch the trailers on it:
The real success of this will depend on the type of partnerships Microsoft can setup with media companies. I’m sure users wouldn’t be very concerned with the ads if they are able to watch full episodes of their favorite shows, or being able to watch full concerts. Hopefully this will evolve into something great, assuming that new content is regularly being added.