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First wave of Xbox One TV and entertainment apps announced

Microsoft has announced a raft of media services and apps that will be available on Xbox One when the games console launches later this year.

While the list isn’t final, the firm said that this would be the “first wave” and that more media partnerships would be announced every month.

Among the 13 apps that Xbox One users in the UK will get are:  4oD, AmazonLovefilm, Blinkbox, Crackle, Demand 5, Eurosport, Machinima, MUZU TV, Netflix, NOW TV, TED, Twitch and Wuaki.tv.

In addition, the UK and every other market the Xbox One will be sold will have access to the follow apps as well: Xbox Fitness, Xbox Video, Xbox Music, Internet Explorer, Skype, SkyDrive and Upload.

Surprisingly, there is no word on when or whether on-demand services from Sky, BBC and ITV will make an appearance on the next generation console, but there are still avalilable on the Xbox 360.

“We set out to make Xbox One the all-in-one games and entertainment hub for your home. The one system that offers the best games next to the best entertainment experiences and apps,” said Marc Whitten, Xbox chief product officer. “Along with offering a stellar app portfolio from around the world, Xbox One takes the next step by offering them in a way that is seamless and easy to use.”

In a separate announcement, Eurosport said that it too will be a launch partner with the Xbox One launches.

Customers in six European markets, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the UK, who buy the new Xbox One console and take the Xbox Live Gold subscription will be able to access the Eurosport Player app, which is an online simulcast service of the Eurosport and Eurosport 2 channels, in its Entertainment hub.

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