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Running a console online service is expensive.  Expensive enough, apparently, for Microsoft to seek new ways of getting revenue from the service.  The newest way is to start having TV-style ads–15-30 seconds in length–during the Xbox 360’s TV and video apps.  In a statement provided to website GameTrailers, a Microsoft spokesperson wrote, “The frequency of ads varies depending on the actual content within that app but most apps will have far fewer ads than a traditional TV show.”

-Nick’s take:  I use my Xbox for playing games and watching DVDs, but those who use it for watching TV and video streamed/downloaded from Xbox Live will have to suffer through ads now.  That stinks.

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