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Xbox Live Video Marketplace Launches

Check out your Xbox 360, because the Video Marketplace went live yesterday. They are now selling a bunch of movies and TV shows for download. I did a video of it, but am having some trouble with the editing. Hopefully, I’ll have it up sometime today.

So, first off, pricing: TV shows, regardless of length, are 160 Microsoft Points ($2). High definition costs more, 240 MS Points ($3). Movies are divided into new releases and “classics” (a dubious description at best). Classics are 240 MS Points ($3) in standard def, 360 MS Points ($4.50) in HD. New releases are 320 MS Points ($4) in standard, 480 MS Points ($6) in HD.

There are 48 movies and 50 TV series available at launch.

Movies include:

  • V for Vendetta
  • Poseidon
  • ATL
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • The Matrix
  • 9 1/2 Weeks
  • Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams
  • Analyze This
  • Art of War
  • Ask The Dust
  • Unforgiven
  • The Lake House
  • Failure to Launch
  • Ask the Dust
  • Chinatown
  • Congo
  • The Core
  • Galipoli
  • Patriot Games
  • Pootie Tang
  • Rat Race
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • Star Trek VII: Generations
  • The Sum of All Fears
  • Timeline
  • We Were Soldiers
  • Zoolander

TV shows include:

  • Star Trek: The Original Series
  • CSI
  • CSI:NY
  • CSI:Miami
  • Jericho
  • South Park
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force
  • Frisky Dingo
  • Harvey Birdman
  • Moral Orel
  • Robot Chicken
  • Sealab 2021
  • Chappelle’s Show
  • Drawn Together
  • Mind of Mencia
  • Supernatural
  • Veronica Mars
  • NCIS
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Beavis and Butthead
  • Breaking Bonaduce
  • Carpocalypse
  • Late Night With Conan O’Brien
  • Viva Pinata
  • Family Guy
  • Day Break

Here’s a video by Joystiq of the interface:

Coverage at Joystiq, Major Nelson, Engadget, Xbox 360 Fanboy.

Download speeds seem slower than normal at the moment, as they try to figure out how to get the network to handle all this extra traffic, but expect speeds to get up to normal within a few days. One dissapointing thing: The lack of HD content. Gizmodo has a list of everything in HD on the Video Marketplace, and its a damn short list. Besides 95 episodes of CSI and 51 episodes of NCI, there are only 12 other episodes, 8 of them Jericho, 4 Fights.

The list of HD Movies isn’t any better:

  • ATL
  • Clash of the Titans
  • The Perfect Storm
  • Poseidon
  • Unforgiven
  • V for Vendetta

November 23rd, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General, Xbox, Xbox Live | no comments
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