Menu
Xbox 360 downloads for TV/films

Xbox 360 downloads for TV/films

Microsoft will launch a new service on November 22 that allows customers to download movies and television programs through their Xbox 360 gaming consoles.

The company has signed deals that allow it to sell or rent an initial 1000 hours of programming from CBS Broadcasting, Viacom, MTV Networks and Paramount Pictures, Turner Broadcasting System, Zuffa's Ultimate Fighting Championship and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Customers will be able to delete the TV programmes they buy and then download them again an unlimited number of times. This is probably due to the Xbox 360's relatively limited, 20G bytes of storage capacity, says Jonathan Coham, an analyst for Ovum.

The 20GB of storage "significantly limits the console's ability to store premium content, especially considering it is required for game updates and saving files," he wrote in a research note. Microsoft should offer better storage capabilities rather than ask users to keep downloading the content they have already bought, he says.

While Microsoft does not have any new storage plans for the Xbox 360, the console is designed in a way that could accommodate a larger hard drive in future, a spokeswoman for one of the company's public relations agencies says.

Movies will be available for rental and can be stored on the Xbox for up to 14 days, but once the movie starts playing the customer will have 24 hours in which to view it. The content will also be offered in high-definition format for an extra charge.

The service will be available to Xbox Live subscribers from Nov. 22 from Microsoft's Xbox Live Marketplace, an on-line store where Xbox users buy updates to games, demos and other content. Xbox Live is a subscription service that lets gamers compete against others on-line. Around four million gamers subscribe to Xbox Live, according to Ovum.

The movies and TV programs will be available only in the U.S., at least initially. Microsoft is working with content partners in other regions but doesn't have more to reveal about international availability yet, the spokeswoman said.

The company also didn't reveal pricing for the movies or TV programs. The content available will include the TV shows CSI, Survivor, South Park and remastered Star Trek episodes, and the movies Nacho Libre, The Matrix and Superman Returns.

Other gaming platforms don't yet offer a similar entertainment service, although Sony Computer Entertainment has hinted that a video download service might come for the PlayStation. Xbox users can play DVDs from their console, and Sony's upcoming PlayStation 3 will play movies on the new Blue-ray disc format.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MicrosoftXBox 360

Events

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

This year’s Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards were held as an integral part of the first entirely virtual Emerging Leaders​ forum, an annual event dedicated to identifying, educating and showcasing the New Zealand technology market’s rising stars. The 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 recognised the outstanding achievements and business excellence of 30 talented individuals​, across both young leaders and those just starting out. In this slideshow, Reseller News honours this year's winners and captures their thoughts about how their ideas of leadership have changed over time.​

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners
Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

This exclusive Reseller News Exchange event in Auckland explored the challenges facing the partner community on the cloud security frontier, as well as market trends, customer priorities and how the channel can capitalise on the opportunities available. In association with Arrow, Bitdefender, Exclusive Networks, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security
Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomed 2019 inductees - Leanne Buer, Ross Jenkins and Terry Dunn - to the fourth running of the Reseller News Hall of Fame lunch, held at the French Cafe in Auckland. The inductees discussed the changing face of the IT channel ecosystem in New Zealand and what it means to be a Reseller News Hall of Fame inductee. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch
Show Comments