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06-03-03, 00:01
Xbox today announced that BT Openworld, NTL and Telewest Broadband are among the first members of the Xbox Live Compatibility Programme and will work with Xbox to develop broadband connectivity packages for gamers. The programme ensures that gamers have a choice of access packages that let them connect quickly and intuitively to Xbox Live, making it even easier to enjoy fast-action, always-on Live gaming.

Launching 14th March, Xbox Live enables Xbox gamers with any broadband connection to find their friends easily; talk to other players during game play through the Xbox Communicator headset; download current statistics, new levels and characters to their Xbox hard drive; and play online.

While Xbox Live is designed to work well with most broadband Internet services, the "Xbox Compatible" service providers are working with Microsoft to help ensure a great user experience on Xbox Live for customers. Programme members will also be developing connectivity packages and co-marketing initiatives with Xbox, working to ensure that connecting to and playing Xbox Live is quick, simple and hassle-free.

BT Openworld, NTL and Telewest Broadband join 15 broadband providers from Europe, 13 from North America and six from Japan in the Compatibility Programme. Xbox is committed to continuing the development of broadband partnerships around the world for Xbox Live and plans to add more members to the Xbox Live Compatibility Programme over the coming months.

"We are delighted to welcome BT Openworld, NTL and Telewest Broadband as members of the Xbox Live Compatibility Programme," said Chris Lewis, Director of Home and Entertainment Division. "We're working very closely with these, the UK leaders in broadband. The offers that BT Openworld, NTL and Telewest Broadband have developed will enable UK gamers to quickly and easily get up and running on Xbox Live."