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Posted 2006-11-07 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Microsoft has announced its Xbox 360 console will make downloadable television content available through Xbox Live Marketplace by the end of this month, and downloadable movies available by the end of the year. The "download to own" (whatever "ownership" means in this age of DRM) TV shows and for-rent movies come in hi-def or standard varieties, and will include the following properties by year's end:
  • "Robot Chicken" and "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" from Adult Swim
  • "CSI," "Survivor" and "Star Trek" from CBS
  • Emmy and Peabody award-winning "South Park" and "Chappelle's Show" from COMEDY CENTRAL
  • "The Real World" and "Pimp My Ride" from MTV
  • "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and "SpongeBob SquarePants" from Nickelodeon
  • "Skyland" and "The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival" from Nicktoons Network
  • "M:i:III," Nacho Libre" and "Jackass: The Movie" from Paramount Pictures
  • "Carpocalypse" and "Raising the Roofs" from Spike TV
  • "Race Rewind" provided by NASCAR.COM
  • Select episodes of the original season of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series and the "UFC: All Access" shows from the UFC
  • "Breaking Bonaduce" and "Hogan Knows Best" from VH1


This is a very significant move by Microsoft that further wedges the Xbox 360 into living rooms around the world. I've already ditched my DVD player, but I won't likely pay to "own" any TV or movies through the 360. First off, the hard drive is too frikkin' small to store much media. Secondly, I'm pretty sure downloaded content is going to be restricted to playback exclusively through the Xbox--that's called crippleware, folks. I can take a DVD almost anywhere (although not around the world, thanks to regional restrictions), or loan it to anyone. Why would I give up that kind of portability?
 
     
 
   
 
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