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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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RE: Thats great!!!
By MrSmurf on 11/22/2006 7:28:27 PM , Rating: -1
I still don't understand this new feature. Just DVR your favorite shows. The only reason I see paying for a show is if you missed it because you can't truely buy a show. You're basicially renting it as you're going to have to delete it to create HDD space.


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!
Cheers!

- Creathir


RE: Thats great!!!
By Enoch2001 on 11/23/2006 11:29:40 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
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.


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