Microsoft dates Sky Player for Xbox 360, kicks off Twitter beta

It’s all happening today with Xbox 360, as Microsoft has both confirmed a debut date for the Sky Player, and also opened up beta invitations for

Microsoft’s deal with the satellite TV giant will see Xbox 360 users able to watch Sky TV from their console from 27 October when the service launches.

Pricing, channel line-up and full details are yet to be announced, but its thought there will be up to 22 channels at launch with plenty of on demand content as well.

You’ll have to be a Xbox Live Gold Member to take advantage of the service, which will allow current subscribers to get Sky in a second room without a further subscription, and new customers to get Sky without the need for a dish.

While we wait for full details on this, Microsoft has also invited Xbox Live users to sign up for Facebook and Twitter through Xbox 360 to test them out prior to the launch.

Microsoft is apparently looking for "multiple thousands of participants" and the beta is open gamers all over the world – with Gold members being given preference.

Rumours have the service pencilled in for an official go live date of 17 November, but that is yet to be confirmed.

Have you signed up or the beta? Will you be watching Sky through your console? Let us know your thoughts to Microsoft’s announcements below.