New Microsoft Zune plays more than just tunes

Portable media player will extend its video service to Xbox LIVE later this year

Microsoft revealed that its latest portable media player Zune HD will extend its entertainment capabilities to extend to the company’s online gaming and digital delivery service Xbox LIVE.

Available in the United States by fall, the Zune HD is the world’s first player that combines a built-in HD radio receiver, high-definition video output capabilities, an OLED touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity as well as internet browser. By connecting its video service to Xbox LIVE, more than 17 million international subscribers can use the platform to access television shows and movies.

“The Zune music player is an integral part of the overall Zune experience, and we’re proud to be growing and extending our offering beyond the device,” said Enrique Rodriguez, corporate vice president of the Microsoft TV, Video and Music Business Group in a company statement.

“Delivering on Microsoft’s connected entertainment vision, this news marks a turning point for Zune as it brings cross-platform experiences and premium video content to living rooms around the world,” added Rodriguez.

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