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Disney-ABC Television + MGM + United Artists, Announce XLBA Content via VOD

BamelinBamelin Registered User regular
edited January 2008 in Games and Technology
Disney-ABC Television Group and MGM, United Artists Offer their weight behind Xbox 360 high-definition entertainment Content via Xbox LIVE. The deal brings Live subscribers even more hit television shows and film classics to the living room.
PRESS RELEASE:

LAS VEGAS — Jan. 6, 2008 — Xbox LIVE Marketplace, the leading high-definition video-on-demand service, is expanding once again, adding content from two major entertainment partners. Microsoft Corp. today announced at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that Disney-ABC Television Group and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) will be joining the more than 35 networks and studios offering U.S. Xbox LIVE members premium entertainment content via the Xbox LIVE Marketplace Video Store.

“Disney-ABC Television Group and MGM are two of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, and this announcement helps continue to evolve and diversify the content offering on Xbox LIVE,” said Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft. “The ability to offer such great content in high definition further expands Microsoft’s commitment to connected entertainment with Xbox 360.”

Later this month, all U.S. Xbox LIVE members will begin to have access to select TV shows and movies from the ABC Television Network, ABC Family, ABC News, Disney Channel and Toon Disney as part of an agreement with Disney-ABC Television Group. More than 500 hours of content, in both standard definition and high definition when available, will be offered including hit ABC Television shows “Lost,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Ugly Betty” and “Desperate Housewives.” Past and current ABC shows will be available on demand, with new episodes arriving on the service the day after they air on television. A variety of award-winning ABC News broadcasts and specials from its unparalleled archive dating back to 1963 and containing priceless interviews, stories and historical moments will be available for download as well.

Viewers will also be able to enjoy shows from ABC Family, such as “Kyle XY” and “Greek, ” as well as popular Disney Channel series including “Hannah Montana” and “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” and select Disney Channel Original Movies such as “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2.”

“As a company dedicated to providing consumers with a variety of high-quality entertainment and news content that they can view at their convenience, regardless of time, place or platform, we are very excited to bring our programming to Xbox LIVE members,” said Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television Group. “This new agreement will not only provide incremental viewing opportunities, but also provides a wealth of promotional opportunities to further awareness of our shows and brands.”

MGM will be bringing its legendary movie library to the service, with classic films ranging from the “Rocky” series to “Dances with Wolves.” Action-thrillers such as “Terminator,” “Silence of the Lambs” and “The Amityville Horror,” comedies and broad-appeal titles such as “Legally Blonde,” “Barbershop” and “Agent Cody Banks,” and award-winning films such as “Platoon,” “Rain Man” and “The Usual Suspects” highlight the diverse launch lineup. United Artists, an MGM sister company, will be making films available as well. Many titles offered by MGM will be available in high definition.

“The Video Store on Xbox LIVE Marketplace has proven to be very successful, and we are excited that MGM will be a partner in 2008,” said Jim Packer, co-president of Worldwide Television at MGM. “At MGM we are always looking for new ways to reach our broad audience, and partnering with Microsoft allows us to make our legendary library available to the millions of Xbox LIVE members here in the U.S.”

The Video Store in Xbox LIVE Marketplace is the leading provider of high-definition video on demand, offering movies for video on demand and TV shows and music videos for electronic sell-through. With more than 3,500 hours of premium entertainment content from more than 35 studios and networks, Xbox LIVE Marketplace helps make Xbox 360 the center of connected entertainment in the living room. More information about content being offered on Xbox LIVE Marketplace is available at http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/marketplace/movies

No word if this will trickle over to Canada and Europe.

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    jimb213jimb213 Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    yes, because there's no revenue to be had from online distribution... O_o

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    amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    This would be so awesome if all of the videos you pay for wouldn't be useless in five years when a new console comes out.

    edit: hell, I guess by then there will be some new super high def anyway, so it won't matter.

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    AccualtAccualt Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    It isn't useless if you still have your old console just because a new one comes out.

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    CherrnCherrn Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Likely you'll be able to transfer your gamertag and shit as well, so I don't see why it couldn't track purchases.

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    amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Cherrn wrote: »
    Likely you'll be able to transfer your gamertag and shit as well, so I don't see why it couldn't track purchases.

    you can't transfer xbla arcade games now and play them unless you are online while doing it becaus xbox hasn't worked out their drm crap.

    I'm sure they will work it out, and everything will be perfect, but right now it's severely flawed and I stopped buying after I realized I spent like $150 on tv shows that I would never be able to watch on another system, when I could have bought the dvd, or bought them in high def on itunes and transferred them

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    Local H JayLocal H Jay Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    As cool as it is I can watch Platoon in High Def now, everything else is pretty shitty.
    Like I need my siblings to discover they can watch "Zack and Cody" on my 360. They'll never get off it.

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    devolvedevolve Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Cherrn wrote: »
    Likely you'll be able to transfer your gamertag and shit as well, so I don't see why it couldn't track purchases.

    you can't transfer xbla arcade games now and play them unless you are online while doing it becaus xbox hasn't worked out their drm crap.

    I'm sure they will work it out, and everything will be perfect, but right now it's severely flawed and I stopped buying after I realized I spent like $150 on tv shows that I would never be able to watch on another system, when I could have bought the dvd, or bought them in high def on itunes and transferred them


    You can't transfer xbla games right now due to the limitations MS put on the system when they created it.

    The next console they create, however, is a completely different story, and I can almost promise you it'll be a snap to port over your old content. Most likely it'll disable it on the old console, but big fucking whoop.

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    BamelinBamelin Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    My big concern with downloading movies is two fold --

    a. My ISP provider has a 100 gig monthly cap
    b. I've heard that HD movies over Live don't come anywhere near the quality of Blu-ray or HD DVD.

    It costs more than renting an HD disc, or grabbing an HD movie through cable via VOD. So in the end why bother? (not saying this will be everyone's situation but for me this is how it is)


    Also ... you can buy movies over XBLA? I didn't really know that, but VOD over Live is kinda new in Canada and our selection of movies is pathetic.

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