Microsoft Lands Some Big New Apps for Xbox

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Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox team has announced in a blog post that a slew of new apps offering something for everyone will soon make their way to the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

A Major League Gaming app has been launched for Xbox 360 that will allow gaming buffs with an Xbox Live Gold membership to watch MLG competitions, including the upcoming Call of Duty championship. That competition, which begins this weekend, will have the best Call of Duty teams from around the world competing for $1 million in prizes. Microsoft also said that Xbox One owners would have the opportunity to view the Call of Duty championship for a limited time through MLG, and that MLG is working to create a similar app for the latest Xbox console that’s promised to become available later this year.

Another major league is also adding an app for Xbox One — Major League Baseball. If sports fans have an Xbox Live Gold membership plus a MLB.TV premium subscription, they’ll be able to watch live, HD-quality baseball games. Every out-of-market regular season game will be shown live and archived to watch later on the app.

Television and movie junkies will be pleased with the ENCORE PLAY and MOVIEPLEX PLAY apps from Starz giving Xbox 360 owners access to 1,500 premium movies and a plethora of TV shows with a Starz subscription. Movies include new releases like Oz the Great and Powerful and Zero Dark Thirty as well as classics including Stripes and Back to the Future. TV offerings include Murphy Brown, Magnum P.I., and Diff’rent Strokes.

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