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Main menu of Xbox Live Video Marketplace - Image courtesy Joystiq

Dave Chappelle on a Comedy Central branded page - Image courtesy Joystiq
Xbox gets downloadable video on its first birthday

Microsoft announced earlier this month, Xbox Live Marketplace will now provide gamers with easy access to hundreds of full-length TV shows for download to own and movies for download to rent from CBS, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, TBS, UFC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment with more content rolled out through Xbox Live Marketplace every week.

Examples of the download-to-own TV shows and download-to-rent movies available on the network on Nov. 22 include the following:
  • "CSI," "CSI: Miami," "CSI: New York," "NCIS" and "Star Trek" from CBS
  • "Chappelle's Show," "Drawn Together" and Emmy and Peabody award-winning "South Park" from COMEDY CENTRAL
  • "Pimp My Ride" and "Punk'd" from MTV
  • "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and "SpongeBob SquarePants" from Nickelodeon
  • "Skyland" and "Invader Zim" from Nicktoons Network
  • "Chinatown," "Star Trek VII: Generations," "Patriot Games," "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "The Sum of All Fears," "The Untouchables" and "We Were Soldiers" from Paramount Pictures
  • "Aqua Teen Hunger Force," "Frisky Dingo," "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law," "Sealab 2021" and "The Venture Bros." from Turner Broadcasting
  • Some of the most intense fights from Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • "Breaking Bonaduce" and "Hogan Knows Best" from VH1
  • "Perfect Storm," "Poseidon," The Shining," "Three Kings" and "V for Vendetta," as well as "The Nine" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" along with the CW show "Veronica Mars" from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Xbox 360 gamers in the U.S. can access Xbox Live Marketplace with a free Xbox Live Silver subscription or a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription and a broadband connection. High-definition TV shows will be 240 Microsoft Points per episode, and standard-definition TV shows will be 160 Microsoft Points per episode. New release movies in high definition will be 480 Microsoft Points, and standard- definition new release movies will be 320 Microsoft Points each. Classic feature films in high definition will be 360 Microsoft Points, and standard definition will be 240 Microsoft Points. After purchasing a high-definition TV show or movie, gamers can download the standard-definition version at no additional charge.

Microsoft Points can be purchased at retail or via Xbox Live. For example, gamers can get a 1,600 Points card at retail for $19.99 or 1,000 Points through Xbox Live for $12.50.

See Joystiq for more images from the service.

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Thats great!!!
By epsilonparadox on 11/22/2006 4:02:55 PM , Rating: 2
My new 160gb xbox drive is ready for it.

RE: Thats great!!!
By MrFluffo on 11/22/2006 4:11:45 PM , Rating: 2
Unless they changed it, you cant write to anything besides the 20GB internal.

RE: Thats great!!!
By epsilonparadox on 11/22/2006 4:16:23 PM , Rating: 5
You can if you take the enclosure apart and ghost the 20gb image to the 160gb drive. Once you put the 160gb in the enclosure and connect it to the 360, the 360 recognizes the extra space and allows you to use it.

RE: Thats great!!!
By MrFluffo on 11/22/2006 4:27:45 PM , Rating: 2
ahh..... ok i did not know that. however i dont think that many people will be doing this for a while, then people will catch on, then MS will catch on, then there will be trouble.

RE: Thats great!!!
By shabby on 11/22/06, Rating: 0
RE: Thats great!!!
By glennpratt on 11/22/2006 5:07:32 PM , Rating: 2
I would love to see some proof of this. Can you provide a screenshot?

I've read at other places that this is BS, so, while I want to believe, I wont be ordering an expensive 2.5" SATA drive on faith alone.

RE: Thats great!!!
By ViperROhb34 on 11/22/2006 6:00:48 PM , Rating: 4
I've done it as well.. 80gig drive.. and even one of the stories here by dailytech privided the link on how to.

You use ghost. It copies your current drive in its entirety.. and I have HIGH doubts MS will care whatsoever..

Remember, this isn't like you are copying an operating system software) with a 'one use' liscense agreement made for one pc.. they don't want you to reuse their software on any pc for free. Legally you can ghost Windows if you use it on one pc - the same pc..

You copying your data.. and even game saves.. and even demo's you can download for free anytime.. and (or) in this case movies you pay for and can download anytime (again and again )even after you've deleted the movie.

People need to realise why would MS care when they already allow you to use your hardrive on any Xbx 360 simply by plugging it into someone else 360.. Do you think they care you can ghost your own data and use it on an Xbx 360 ? It would be different if you somehow used it on a pc or a PlayStation..

If they sold the Xbox 360 Operating System I'm sure they'd care..

RE: Thats great!!!
By willow01 on 11/22/2006 6:07:50 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure they care that you aren't buying a second or third or ... 20Gig HDD and memory card like they suggested. The profit they make on those babies must be unbelievable.

RE: Thats great!!!
By Pirks on 11/22/2006 6:15:50 PM , Rating: 1
well, you say you did this, but forums say that's impossible - care to give us a link or google keyword at least?

RE: Thats great!!!
RE: Thats great!!!
By Pirks on 11/22/2006 7:31:15 PM , Rating: 1
ok, looks like guys at don't know what they are talking about.

now, the important question for me is: can I buy a large 3.5" hdd and add it to my xbox 360 core system to make it premium? looks possible in theory but unless I found at least one person who did what is descibed in your link and succeded - I'll shy away from any hdd mods. I've read too many horrible stories about failed hdd upgrades on original xbox to trust ms or anyone else on that.

RE: Thats great!!!
By glennpratt on 11/23/2006 1:11:00 AM , Rating: 2
Please, people quit posting this link. IT IS THE ONLY F-ING link out there. There is not site that I can find corroborating it. Show me PROOF. SCREENSHOT!

RE: Thats great!!!
By Pirks on 11/23/2006 3:05:10 PM , Rating: 1

look for post by Un-Dead Soldier at the bottom

good luck ;)

RE: Thats great!!!
By glennpratt on 11/24/2006 5:37:20 PM , Rating: 2
Unless I missed something, you just posted a link to a forum, where a guy posted a link to the same howto we've all seen a million times.

RE: Thats great!!!
By Pirks on 11/24/2006 9:28:47 PM , Rating: 2
no, he said he did it and it worked

RE: Thats great!!!
By glennpratt on 11/25/2006 1:55:45 PM , Rating: 2
Sure, but what proof did he have. 14 year olds run around the internet saying they've done everything. Like I said, I'm extremely skeptical of this, especially since it wasn't this easy on Xbox 1 and there is 0 evidence it works, other then a a how to and some random comments posts.

RE: Thats great!!!
By Pirks on 11/25/2006 2:07:08 PM , Rating: 2
right, there are no screenshots but there are two people on forums who said it worked for them. I'm sceptical too but I'll give it a shot the second I buy an xbox hdd. what do we risk losing here? nothing! no losing data or anything - just ghost the xbox hdd, plug in the ghosted clone and see for yourself. worked? great. nope? duh, tough luck then, stick original hdd back and enjoy it ;)

RE: Thats great!!!
By glennpratt on 11/26/2006 11:53:27 AM , Rating: 2
The 2.5in SATA hard drive I'd need to purchase?

RE: Thats great!!!
By Pirks on 11/27/2006 1:35:42 PM , Rating: 2
why 2.5"? I'd get 3.5", that's way cheaper (and I have 2.5" -> 3.5" IDE converter) but feel free to get anything you like. probably best not to start with fastest most expensive drive, you know - start with something cheap from ebay and if experiment goes well and disk works 100% w/o any glitches - then go ahead and buy that $300 humongous perpendicular seagate notebook drive :)

RE: Thats great!!!
By Pirks on 11/27/2006 1:39:42 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, I mean really why don't you start with cheap 3.5" for pennies off ebay and if it works - you do the proper thing then with nice big 2.5" hdd. is $20 for an old drive worth risking for? are you real greedy or experimenter in your soul? find the answer inside your inner self, man! :))

RE: Thats great!!!
By glennpratt on 11/23/2006 1:22:48 AM , Rating: 2
Viper... Please... PLEASE post some screenshots of your free space in the dashboard... thanks.

RE: Thats great!!!
By Pirks on 11/22/2006 6:12:56 PM , Rating: 1
you're right, epsilonparadox seems to pull some bs here - just read the forums - modded original xbox does allow hdd swap, but modded xbox 360 does NOT. there are no modchips for xbox 360 that allow this yet. good luck to all those believing epsilonparadox's bs :P

RE: Thats great!!!
By epsilonparadox on 11/24/2006 10:01:06 AM , Rating: 2
you're not modding the 360.

RE: Thats great!!!
By Pirks on 11/24/2006 12:07:01 PM , Rating: 1
don't you remember the locking trick ms did with xbox 1 hard drive?

RE: Thats great!!!
By MrSmurf on 11/22/06, Rating: -1
RE: Thats great!!!
By Aesir on 11/22/2006 9:56:50 PM , Rating: 1
Everybody who has an Xbox360 has cable/satellite service and a DVR? Holy crap, I didn't know that! Lemme check... whoa, no way, there's Aqua Tenn playing on my TV, and I've never in my life paid a cable/satellite bill! And let me check... yes, my TV does record them! And with no DVR! That really is incredible, that you for opening my eyes to this amazing technology, MrSmurf.

RE: Thats great!!!
By creathir on 11/22/2006 10:42:18 PM , Rating: 3
The major benefit, is that you can playback HD movies on demand, a service currently offered by NO ONE. This is an absolute first.

The only way prior to this was either using HD versions of Showtime/HBO or using whatever HD PPV service your cable/sat provider has. But for movies on demand... this is it.

I personally, love the idea. As long as new movies are added every week, the service will be just fine. (New and Old movies every week)

I used to have PPV before we ditched our sat. provider (reception just plain sucked during the rain) and the local cable provider does not offer PPV. I miss it terribly, and now, have it again.

Really great system, and if they get the number of titles up, it really makes places like Blockbuster a thing of the past.

Heres to thousands of more titles available on Xbox Live!

- Creathir

RE: Thats great!!!
By Enoch2001 on 11/23/2006 11:29:40 AM , Rating: 2
The major benefit, is that you can playback HD movies on demand, a service currently offered by NO ONE. This is an absolute first.

Meh...not true. I've had HD movies on-demand via my Comast HD package for well over a year now. Granted, the selection isn't that great, but I just wanted to point it out.

Microsoft/Xbox Live was not an absolute first for HD movies on-demand.

Be that as it may, I do find the hard drive space limited already. We need either bigger drives or to not be penalized if we mod our hard drives with the legendary "switch-out" mod that everyone thinks doesn't exist.

UK Release date?
By seanrkelly on 11/22/2006 4:19:34 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone know when the UK release date of this service is? Why Microsoft has to continually release in the US before anywhere else is beyond me and quite frustraing. Especially since there is no mention of a date on the UK XBOX site.

RE: UK Release date?
By KaiserCSS on 11/22/2006 4:23:23 PM , Rating: 5
Why Microsoft has to continually release in the US before anywhere else is beyond me and quite frustrating.

It may have something to do with the fact that Microsoft is based in the United States and not in Europe. But that's just a guess.

It's kind of like demanding that Sony released the PS3 in the US before Japan.

RE: UK Release date?
By Lonyo on 11/22/2006 7:39:34 PM , Rating: 4
Nintendo released the Wii in the US before Japan

RE: UK Release date?
By epsilonparadox on 11/22/2006 4:26:02 PM , Rating: 2
According to an article on, MS is going to release this world wide but no definite date was set. I'm sure though w/ the EU on their backs, they're not really rushing to get anything out for europe.

RE: UK Release date?
By Johnmcl7 on 11/22/2006 8:55:01 PM , Rating: 2
I doubt Microsoft would be so childish - bearing in mind HDTV services are more limited in the UK (and probably across Europe) giving MS a decent audience for the service. The delay is probably to give MS time to roll out the service, not because they as disgruntled due to unrelated issues with their operating system.


RE: UK Release date?
By SmokeRngs on 11/22/2006 5:42:22 PM , Rating: 2
I would guess that content and the needed licensing fees for UK content would be different than the US version. I would guess this would take a bit longer to do.

Also, this is as much a test to see how popular it becomes. If it bombs in the US, it's likely that Microsoft would kill the release in other areas in an attempt to not waste money.

RE: UK Release date?
By probedb on 11/23/2006 9:10:31 AM , Rating: 2
Yup you're probably right. There's the same issues with DVDs etc and sometimes it's different studios that deal with the same film in different territories.

RE: UK Release date?
By obeseotron on 11/22/2006 5:44:41 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps because there are 6 times as many people in the US and Microsoft is an American company. The size of the EU market does not make up for it because of localization issues.

RE: UK Release date?
By BrassMonkey on 11/22/2006 11:45:41 PM , Rating: 2
It's probably copyright problems. American shows have to go through a license that a British company would have paid for to play the American shows in Britain. Just a bunch of middle-man nonsense.

RE: UK Release date?
By BZDTemp on 11/23/2006 4:19:16 AM , Rating: 2
US is 300 million people in one swoop. EU is something very different with legal deals needed for every country, plus the XBOX is a lot bigger in the US.

It should be called Xbox360live
By tim202 on 11/22/2006 4:42:25 PM , Rating: 1
Since this is on the Xbox360, this should be called xbox360live.

RE: It should be called Xbox360live
By glennpratt on 11/22/2006 5:04:58 PM , Rating: 2
No, because then they will need to rename it when Xbox 3 comes out.

RE: It should be called Xbox360live
By TimberJon on 11/22/2006 5:22:46 PM , Rating: 2
And Xbox 4.

By Mojo the Monkey on 11/23/2006 4:03:27 AM , Rating: 2
And Xbox 4.

By then, the 360 should just be turning a profit for ms!

Talk $$ please, not goofy "points"
By androticus on 11/23/2006 12:03:59 AM , Rating: 3
I wish the media would stop being Microsoft lapdogs and speak in $, not "points" -- the whole purpose of "points" is to try to distract you from the fact it is real money (when did you EVER hear of a "point" system in which 1 pt=$1 ??? never!).

Don't make ME do the silly math -- just quote the $ amount please! (If you want to put the "points" in parentheses, fine, but please spell it out in cold hard cash!!!)

RE: Talk $$ please, not goofy "points"
By glennpratt on 11/23/2006 1:28:17 AM , Rating: 2
It's not that complicated... the point is Xbox Live points are Xbox Live points. Wherever you bought them or whatever you buying. Don't worry about exchange rates, etc. I mean, do you want all those micro transaction prices flailing about with the exchange rate? Or would you rather every publisher set a price for every item, in every market?

By dagamer34 on 11/23/2006 2:49:22 AM , Rating: 2
The point system is a nice way for Microsoft to slowly take your money buy forcing you to buy their currency. And since Microsoft so slyly offset the number of points you can buy at a time and how many points a particular item costs, you will easily leave 30 - 50 points on your account which is either a) free money for Microsoft or b) forces you to buy more points in an attempt to use up the ones you didn't finish.

Yes. It's a sad way to do business. And this is why "funny money" is frowned upon.

6 buck rental
By michal1980 on 11/22/06, Rating: -1
RE: 6 buck rental
By AlexWade on 11/22/2006 11:00:27 PM , Rating: 3
$6 is the HD movie price
$4 is the standard definition movie price
$3 is the price for older movies

RE: 6 buck rental
By otispunkmeyer on 11/23/2006 5:58:59 AM , Rating: 2
yeah this is too expensive

i can rent dvd's from my local vid store for £2-£3 480MS points is roughly £4.80 ( i paid £20 for 2100 points)

too much, hell with my student card i can go to the cinema and watch it on a big screen with insane sound for the same price.

260 points for a HDTV tv show? no thanks ill go free on BT

160points for SDTV show? no thanks i have sky plus and a million channels that pump out repeats of these shows everyday. and actually i already have sky box office..i can get movies on demand from there too.

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