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Posted by moonhead on Dec 6, 2007
Gaming News 6th December

Gaming News 6th December

Xbox Live Video Marketplace Finally In Europe.

It has been a long time coming but Microsoft’s rental movie download service for the Xbox 360 has finally been green lit for Europe. From Tuesday 11th December you will be able to download a selection of movies both in “Standard Definition” and glorious 720p “High Definition”. The lovely HD films will cost 380 Microsoft Points (£3.23) and the SD will cost 250 (£2.13). Once downloaded you have 14 days to watch the film and once you have started watching it you have 24 hours to finish watching it before it is deleted. The service has gone down a storm in the states where it launched over a year ago now and they have access to both movies and TV shows, strangely no mention has been made concerning the TV content for Europe as of yet but here’s hoping. Microsoft has partnered with Warner Bros. who are supplying the movie content most notable of the 27 movies available at launch are Harry Potter, the Matrix trilogy and Training Day. 

 Michael Bay Airs Microsoft’s Dirty Secret.

The Transformers movie director Michael Bay has hit out at Microsoft claiming the they are purposefully confusing the HD movie market. This so that neither next gen optical disc HD DVD or Blu-Ray win out leaving the door open for their digital distribution service. He stated “What you don’t understand is corporate politics. Microsoft wants both formats to fail so they can be heroes and make the world move to digital downloads. That is the dirty secret no one is talking about”.

“That is why Microsoft is handing out $100 million dollar checks to studios just [to] embrace the HD DVD and not the leading, and superior Blu-ray”, he continued.

“They want confusion in the market until they perfect the digital downloads. Time will tell and you will see the truth.”

Is there any truth in this considering the story right above this one it certainly makes some sense or is it just another conspiracy theory? I have to say I doubt that this is a conspiracy but we will never know? For me personally though I have always kind of hoped that digital distribution would win out over the 2 new discs its easier, tidier and looks and sounds just as good it is the future!

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2 Responses to “Gaming News 6th December”

  1. hearthealth says:

    Yup! What if the speculation on a Microsoft subsidy in Toshiba Blu ray killers were true?! Haha!!
    But 07 is done and everybody has more or less come to grips with opinions like the (alleged) lack of visual-quality difference between a Blu ray player (even if connected to a HD screen) and a DVD player. Or with Cnet’s advice to wait out the format war.
    Anyway, cheers to 07’s innovators, not the least among them Oppo’s DVDs, for the region-free DV-970HD hovering near $150.
    But it was the Oppo DV-981HD that CNet.com and ConsumerSearch.com agreed on.
    dvd players reviews

  2. moonhead says:

    Hi hearthealth and thanks for the input I have had a look at that Oppo region free Dvd player and it looks like a fantastic bit of kit at a really good price.

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