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Microsoft Said to Add Comcast, Verizon Pay TV to Xbox Live

Microsoft Corp. plans to offer online pay television service from Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. through Xbox Live, in an bid to channel more entertainment to its video-game console, people with knowledge of the situation said.

Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, is in talks with almost two dozen providers of music, sports, movies and TV shows in the U.S. and Europe, and may announce an expanded Xbox Live streaming service as soon as next week, said one of the people, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly.