Telus TV lets you use your XBOX 360 as a digital set top box
Telus this week unveiled a great new feature for its Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service which allows Telus TV – recently rebranded as Optik TV – subscribers to use an XBOX 360 as a secondary digital set top box.
The company says it’s the first broadcast distributor in North America to offer customers the ability to use an XBOX 360 in place of a television set top box.
By using an their XBOX 360 as a digital set top box, consumers reduce the hardware cost of subscribing to Telus TV and they eliminate the need for an additional television set top box (and the additional cable clutter) which takes up additional space in your TV viewing room.
The XBOX 360 will provide all the functionality of a Telus set top box including the ability to watch over 400 standard and high definition channels, ability to use the PVR Anywhere functionality and PVR functionality from any TV when watching recorded programs.
Some restrictions do apply however. The Xbox 360 cannot be used as your primary digital set top box, must be hardwired with Ethernet (wireless not allowed) and it must be have a hard drive inside so the Arcade version will not work. In addition, Telus will charge a $5 per month licensing fee for each Xbox 360 used in place of a set top box.
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