With Sony's PlayStation 3 just around the corner, Microsoft
is looking to have just a bit of an edge to push things in its favor for
the holiday season. Gears of War
should be out this week to give gamers a bloody dose of fraggin' fun and the HD DVD player is set to
drop on November 7. But Microsoft has even bigger plans for its year-old
Starting November 22, Microsoft will be expanding its Xbox
Live service to include high-definition movie downloads as well as standard and high-definition
television content. The Redmond-based company has announced deals with CBS, MTV
Networks, Paramount Pictures, TBS, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to blanket Xbox Live with over 1,000 hours of
TV programming and movies.
Gamers will be able to access full-length TV shows and
download/rent movies from Xbox Live. Customers will also have access to
condensed versions of hit TV shows like "CSI" and "Numb3rs"
as well as re-mastered versions of classics like "Star Trek." And for
the racing fans out there, condensed versions of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races
will also be available.
"This groundbreaking announcement is a win for
everyone. It connects our partners with one of the most coveted audiences in
entertainment today, and provides even greater value to our Xbox Live
community, allowing them to enjoy the games and entertainment they want, when
they want it," said Peter Moore, corporate vice president of the
Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft.
According to Engadget, here are a few things to know about the new service:
All content will be downloaded to the Xbox 360’s removable
20GB hard drive, so if your drive is already near full, you may just be out
of luck. That’s too bad considering that it’s unlikely that Microsoft will
release that previously
rumored 100GB hard drive.
You can catch a full listing of programming available on Microsoft's
quote: A 20GB drive really is too small for our 360's. Especially when I want to download HD content...
quote: 20GB is all you have untill they allow it to be put somewhere else .
quote: TV shows and movies can only be downloaded to the Xbox 360's hard drive and not to an external USB hard drive or thumb drive