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KINECT for Xbox 360 is de­signed to re­place a game con­troller, but it can also re­place a re­mote con­trol. The game ac­ces­sory can

recog­nise voice com­mands such as ‘‘Xbox

play’’ and ‘‘Xbox pause’’ when screen­ing films and trail­ers from the Xbox movie rental ser­vice.

Next year these com­mands will also be able to con­trol TV. Fox­tel launched a stream­ing TV ser­vice de­liv­ered through Xbox 360 con­soles last week, of­fer­ing a 11-chan­nel

con­tract-free sub­scrip­tion for $19.95 per month, and ad­di­tional chan­nel packs. Fox­tel prod­uct devel­op­ment ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Pa­trick De­lany says the com­pany will up­grade the ser­vice to

in­clude TV voice com­mands ’’be­fore the mid­dle of next year’’.

Xbox 360 Fox­tel sub­scrip­tions re­quire a 1.5Mbps con­nec­tion to stream live TV and users must have an Xbox Live

Gold sub­scrip­tion.

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