Published on November 7th, 2006 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder3
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:
- â€œRobot Chickenâ€ and â€œAqua Teen Hunger Forceâ€ from Adult Swim
- â€œCSI,â€ â€œSurvivorâ€ and â€œStar Trekâ€ from CBS
- Emmy and Peabody award-winning â€œSouth Parkâ€ and â€œChappelleâ€™s Showâ€ from COMEDY CENTRAL
- â€œThe Real Worldâ€ and â€œPimp My Rideâ€ from MTV
- â€œAvatar: The Last Airbenderâ€ and â€SpongeBob SquarePantsâ€ from Nickelodeon
- â€œSkylandâ€ and â€œThe Nicktoons Network Animation Festivalâ€ from Nicktoons Network
- â€œM:i:III,â€ Nacho Libreâ€ and â€œJackass: The Movieâ€ from Paramount Pictures
- â€œCarpocalypseâ€ and â€œRaising the Roofsâ€ from Spike TV
- â€œRace Rewindâ€ provided by NASCAR.COM
- Select episodes of the original season of â€œThe Ultimate Fighterâ€ reality series and the â€œUFC: All Accessâ€ shows from the UFC
- â€œBreaking Bonaduceâ€ and â€œHogan Knows Bestâ€ from VH1
- â€œThe Matrix,â€ â€œSuperman Returnsâ€ and â€œBatman Foreverâ€ from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
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…