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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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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.


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