Back in the day, the Nintendo entertainment system was just that, for entertainment, but today, I would have to think that definition has changed a little bit with the new PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles. With new apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus you are able to get a lot more content streamed through your console than ever before. Now that the new NBA season has started, for those of you that still watch it, you should be excited to know that you could also be watching your favorite teams play right on your Xbox 360 console thanks to the new NBA Game Time app.
NBA Game Time was made available yesterday on the Xbox LIVE network and allows you to watch your favorite teams duke it out “Double Dribble” style, but do not forget, blackout restrictions DO apply here. If you are not familiar with those restrictions you will be as soon as you start to look for your local NBA team and notice those games have not been made available to you through the app. This all has to do with television networks still trying to make some money even though internet streaming content is killing their revenues. With your Xbox 360 and NBA.com League Pass Broadband subscription you will be able to enjoy condensed, 10 minute versions of game or just watch highlights.
Other features of the NBA Game Time app include My Teams, Stats and Standings, Scores and Schedules, Mini Guide, Split Screen and Voice and Gesture control with your Kinect add on. For right now, Microsoft says that the app is available in the United States only, but should be ready for ALL Xbox LIVE countries “shortly”. If you are like me, then you hate the fact that you need an Xbox LIVE Gold account, NBA.com subscription to stream the event and then you cannot even watch you local team play. There is little you can do about it and until the TV networks get their crap figured out and realize internet is where the $$$ is, we as consumers are getting the short end.