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Report: Microsoft in talks to revive Heroes TV show on Xbox

Wants to push Netflix-style original programming.

Superhero TV series Heroes may be revived by Microsoft as part of its bid to foster original programming on Xbox, a new report suggests.

NBC and Microsoft are currently in talks to bring the show back with a new line-up of heroes, TV Line revealed, and include cameos from the original series cast.

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Microsoft recently sold off its IPTV business Mediaroom to refocus resources on building a "cloud TV" platform.

A report last week suggested that the next Xbox will overlay its features and UI over existing channels and be able to integrate with a cable TV box.

Multiple sources have also spoken of a low-cost "Xbox TV" set-top box in the works, code-named "Yumo". The device is apparently due for release in 2014.

Heroes seems a good choice for Microsoft. The show had a loyal and dedicated fanbase and its premise could easily be adapted to feature a fresh set of actors.

The recent successful revival of cult TV show Veronica Mars (a film has been funded via Kickstarter) and hotly-anticipated return of Arrested Development on Netflix may have also warmed Microsoft to the idea.

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