TV, movies streamed through Xbox Live

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy -

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.

And you thought your Xboxwas

just for play­ing games

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