More TV apps come to Xbox Live as usage grows

Many of new apps will require paid subscriptions

LOS ANGELES - Microsoft is rolling out dozens of new apps for the Xbox 360, building on statistics that show members of its paid online subscription service spend more time watching video than they do playing multiplayer games over the Internet.

The company said Tuesday that by early next year it will add more than 40 apps to its Xbox Live service, such as MTV, The CW Network and CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. Many of the apps will require paid subscriptions on top of the Xbox Live Gold subscription, which costs $60 a year, or $10 a month.

Several services, such as the Canadian hockey app, are only offered in the country of origin.

In the U.S., Xbox Live subscribers spend an average of 84 hours a month on the service. 

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