Five new media apps launched on the Xbox One this week. Gamers who own the Microsoft console can now download apps for Pandora, Vevo, Bravo Now, Telemundo Now and Popcornflix.
Bravo Now gives U.S. customers access to the channel’s popular reality shows Top Chef and The Real Housewives, but a cable subscription is required. Telemundo Now does the same for the Spanish programming channel, offering “exclusive content,” including interviews and behind-the-scenes clips—but it also requires a cable subscription, and it’s currently only available stateside. Popcornflix offers a multitude of movies across a “wide range of genres including comedy, action, thriller, romance, family and many more” free of charge to North American users. And Vevo delivers the “largest collection of premium official music videos” to 14 countries, including the U.S., UK, Canada and Mexico.
Pandora stands out from the bunch, however. “[The internet radio service app] takes advantage of all the functionality the platform has to offer, and our team built the application to look amazing on the biggest screen in your home,” noted Pandora in a blog post. The app can play music stations in the background during gameplay and has built-in voice and gesture controls that will work with Kinect.
The apps join a growing list of offerings Microsoft has added to the console in recent months. Just last month, players gained access to Starz Play, MoviePlex Play, Encore Play and HBO Go, and last week Showtime’s app was also added.