Xbox 360 to Deliver Hi-Def TV and Movies

Today is a day full of Microsoft announcements, this one details how they are teaming with media companies like CBS, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, Turner Broadcasting System Inc. (TBS Inc.), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, to digitally deliver high definition content straight to your Xbox 360 over an Internet connection, making it the first gaming console to deliver such content to users.

Beginning Nov. 22, on its first anniversary, Xbox 360 will be the first gaming console in history to provide high-definition TV shows and movies directly to gamers in their living rooms. Xbox 360 gamers will have access to the full-length TV shows as downloads to own and movies to rent via download from the Xbox Live? network, the worldwide leader in online distribution of high-definition gaming and entertainment content. This announcement also brings with it several additional ?firsts?:

  • For the first time, consumers will get an integrated gaming and entertainment experience on a gaming console that includes downloadable high-definition TV shows and movies. This new full-length content adds to the ever-expanding number of choices gamers have on their Xbox 360, whether they want to play games or play a movie on a disc or as a download in high definition or standard definition.

  • For the first time CBS will deliver high-definition download-to-own TV shows including ?CSI,? ?Jericho,? ?Numb3rs? and remastered ?Star Trek? episodes; gamers can buy them and watch them repeatedly.
  • For the first time on any platform, NASCAR.COM will deliver download-to-own condensed versions of select NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races from ?Race Rewind.?
  • For the first time, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will make 50 of its most intense fights available for download as well as select episodes from the original season of ?The Ultimate Fighter? reality series.


The following shows and movies will be available:

?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, and ?The Matrix,? ?Superman Returns? and ?Batman Forever? from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

I couldn’t find any pricing info on the Xbox Live site or the press release.