A new Xbox Live update launching today is bringing a whole new variety of content on the game console.
Joining popular content apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, YouTube, Amazon Instant video, and MLB.TV is NBC News, which will feature programming from NBC Universal's slate of news programs (you may know many of them from MSNBC). This includes The Rachel Maddow Show, Rock Center with Brian Williams, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Meet the Press, Dateline, and many more.
TechCrunch reports that the app will not have any full-length episodes at the start. It will also not feature any live streaming video. That means, for the time being, the app will only contain clips from the NBC News shows.
A while back, NBC News content did exist on Xbox Live. It was featured on the Inside Xbox Channel for awhile and eventually was moved the the Video Marketplace section of the Xbox Live dashboard. It featured content from the Today Show, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, and more.
The new app's big draw is with its content from some of NBC News' popular new nightly lineup (on MSNBC) like Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, and Lawrence O'Donnell.
A giant Xbox Live update is coming soon, and it will finally bring Internet Explorer to the console (among other things). Microsoft opened up a public beta period for the 2012 update back in July. Apparently, it was so popular that they've opened up even more spots for early testers.