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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.

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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.

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