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Published on November 7th, 2006 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

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Movies and TV shows available through XBLM

This November 22nd – the anniversary of the Xbox 360 – prepare to have your entertainment worlds collide. Why, you ask? That’s because Xbox Live is going to have Movies and TV Shows for download. Here’s a short excerpt of the briefing.

Microsoft Corp. November 6 announced agreements with CBS, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, Turner Broadcasting System Inc. (TBS Inc.), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to bring an initial lineup of over 1,000 hours of hit TV shows and movies to Xbox 360â„¢ gamers in the U.S. by the end of the year. Furthermore, Xbox 360 will be the first gaming console to bring standard and high-definition TV shows and movies via digital distribution over the Internet directly to the consumer.

They’re going to have loads of content, and they’re serious. Want to know how serious? Check this out:

The initial lineup of TV shows available for download to own and feature films available for download to rent will include a growing catalog of popular hits. Examples of content that will be available on the network by the end of year include the following:

  • “Robot Chicken” and “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” from Adult Swim
  • “CSI,” “Survivor” and “Star Trek” from CBS
  • Emmy and Peabody award-winning “South Park” and “Chappelle’s Show” from COMEDY CENTRAL
  • “The Real World” and “Pimp My Ride” from MTV
  • “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and ”SpongeBob SquarePants” from Nickelodeon
  • “Skyland” and “The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival” from Nicktoons Network
  • “M:i:III,” Nacho Libre” and “Jackass: The Movie” from Paramount Pictures
  • “Carpocalypse” and “Raising the Roofs” from Spike TV
  • “Race Rewind” provided by NASCAR.COM
  • Select episodes of the original season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series and the “UFC: All Access” shows from the UFC
  • “Breaking Bonaduce” and “Hogan Knows Best” from VH1
  • “The Matrix,” “Superman Returns” and “Batman Forever” from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Goodness Gracious.

Pricing seems to be pretty fair at a supposed 240 MS Points ($3) for a TV show and 320 MS Points ($4) to 480 MS Points ($6) for a 14-day movie rental. The HD videos should be at 720p resolution. I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty awesome to me.

The only thing i’m waiting for now is the official announcement of a larger HDD for the 360, and a way to transfer your files between the newer and older drives. With HD content, 20GB isn’t gonna do it, so it has to happen. This console war is heating up quite nicely…

Have a look at Movies and TV on your Xbox and check out the Explanation Video from Xbox.com, then let me know what you think!


About the Author

Deejay has been a gamer since the Atari 2600, has wrestled–and defeated–alligators with only his toes, and once aligned all the planets in the Solar System by uttering the words "Coo Coo Ka-Choo". In his sleep. He currently bides his time behind the scenes here at GAMINGtruth.com, streaming at http://www.twitch.tv/deejayknight and teaching.



  • Drfred

    Actually what I’m hearing is after you watch the movie you have 24 hours before it expires. That is not fair to me and unless I can keep something on my harddrive (when is the larger one coming out?) I won’t be purchasing it. Also I feel it should have a lower price then the ITunes store since we can only watch it on our 360 instead of a portable IPod. HD is a great idea by MS and unfortunately I think some people are going to fall for this but let’s keep our fingers cross they don’t do anything to be overly cheap.

  • Drfred

    Actually what I’m hearing is after you watch the movie you have 24 hours before it expires. That is not fair to me and unless I can keep something on my harddrive (when is the larger one coming out?) I won’t be purchasing it. Also I feel it should have a lower price then the ITunes store since we can only watch it on our 360 instead of a portable IPod. HD is a great idea by MS and unfortunately I think some people are going to fall for this but let’s keep our fingers cross they don’t do anything to be overly cheap.

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