Microsoft Brings TV, Movies to Xbox Live

Users can download select television shows and movies over the popular game console.

One year after its initial launch, Microsofts Xbox 360 is serving up more entertainment to users.

Microsoft announced on Nov. 22 that users in the United States can now download select TV shows and movies using the companys video game and entertainment system.

Broadcast and movie companies that have offered their media content to the Xbox 360 through the Xbox Live Marketplace include CBS, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures and TBS.

The Xbox360, which was the fastest game console to reach 5 million sold, according to Microsoft, includes a family settings feature, which will allow users to select the video content that they want to play, as well as the ability to block or set controls based on movie, TV and video ratings.

Examples of TV shows and movies that users will be able to download or rent include:

  • "CSI" (Miami and New York) from CBS
  • "South Park" from Comedy Central
  • "SpongeBob SquarePants" from Nickelodeon
  • "We Were Soldiers" from Paramount Pictures
  • "V for Vendetta" from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

"With an incredible library of games, more than 4 million gamers playing online with Xbox Live, and a growing catalog of high-definition gaming and entertainment content, why would anyone wait in line when you can get a superior experience from Xbox 360 right now," said Jeff Bell, corporate vice president of global marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, in a release.

Users will need to have a Microsoft Points card to use the new service. High-definition TV shows will cost 240 points per episode and standard-definition TV shows will be 160 points per episode; new release movies in high definition will be 480 points and standard-definition new release movies will be 320 points; Classic feature films in high definition will be 360 points and standard definition will be 240 points.

Microsoft Points can be purchased at retail or through Xbox Live. A 1,600 Microsoft Points card sells for $19.99, while 1,000 Microsoft Points purchased through Xbox Live costs $12.50.


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