TV, movies streamed through Xbox Live
Microsoft has teamed up with a handful of Hollywood studios to sell TV shows and rent movies that can be downloaded through the software maker’s Xbox Live online video game service and beamed straight on to television sets.
Xbox Live users with the latest console will be able to choose from shows including South Park and CSI and movies such as V for Vendetta and Mission: Impossible
Microsoft estimates that about 1000 hours of programming will be available by the end of the year.
The programming — most of it in standard-definition format and some in high-definition — will be available through the Xbox 360 console to any user of Xbox Live’s free or paid online service,which allows gamers with broadband connections to send text or voice messages to each other,and watch movie trailers and other product demonstrations.
Microsoft has said that prices for programs broadcast in standard definition will be ‘competitive’ with those offered by competitors,including Apple’s iTunes store,Movielink,CinemaNow and Amazon.com’s Unbox.
A key advantage Microsoft is hoping will play in its favour is that consumers will be able to watch the content on their TV sets rather than on computers or portable digital devices,the standards for most of the competing services.
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