Messenger TV is coming soon

Remember Messenger TV? We’ve told you about the French version before. On May 8th Messenger TV will be released to the following 20 countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. This means an almost global launch, only Japan and the USA are left out this time.

It will be available in the following languages (depending on your browser settings): Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.

How to set/check your browser language? In Internet Explorer, you can select Tools, Internet Options to see your Language settings.

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Should you want to set it to another language than the one you currently have, click on the Add button and select the one you wish to use and click OK. Next make sure the one you want to use is on top of the list, like so:


Messenger TV combines this language setting from IE with the navigation for MSN Video and creates the navigation in Messenger TV, so no two countries have the same menu/content! You will see Messenger TV as an activity within Windows Live Messenger.

Can’t wait? Head over to, add the Messenger TV Virtual buddy (or add [email protected] directly) and start a conversation with it. A simple hi or hello will do, it just needs to get aware of your presence.


To watch with your buddy you will have to wait till the activity shows up in the activity list. You can’t invite one in once it’s running, and you can’t beforehand either as multi user conversations are not allowed for this agent.

More info:

Special thanks to Brian Groth for the thumbs up.