BBC Content Downloadable Via Xbox LIVE?

Microsoft and BBC 'in talks'

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The ongoing Sony-Microsoft battle for the control of your living room entertainment continues unabated. New reports indicate that Microsoft is hoping to bring the BBC’s considerable library of content - including recent high definition TV series - to Xbox Live in time for the European launch of its digital TV and movie download service later this year.

Microsoft is yet to set pricing and an exact date for the launch of the service in Europe, but we have been consistently informed by the company that TV/movie downloads will be with us this side of Christmas and that pricing will be in line with that over in the States (currently very competitively priced at $5 for a rental of a new, high-def movie).

Over in the States, the Xbox’s video service already provides content from big Hollywood studios and television networks such as CBS, Disney, Fox, MTV, Paramount and Warner.

The BBC signed an agreement with Microsoft in 2006 to explore ways of developing its digital services – and having access to BBC back catalogue and archive content via Xbox 360 is clearly of immense value for Microsoft

Ross Honey, senior director for media at Microsoft’s content and partner strategy group, confirmed the company had been in talks with the BBC as well as a number of other major European media companies, noting that Microsoft was attracted to the BBC’s library of content and to high-definition programmes such as Planet Earth.

“We are working diligently on multiple fronts to make it happen,” he said. “The BBC is a great content provider.”

Sony meanwhile has recently announced plans to turn the PlayStation 3 into a high definition personal video recorder, named PlayTV.

SPOnG's put a call into Microsoft in the UK this morning so we will hopefully bring you further confirmed details on the European plans for Xbox LIVE TV and movie downloads very soon.

Source: The Sunday Times
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deleted 10 Sep 2007 10:52
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This is want i want microsoft, i have a HDTV and my games make me feel all warm inside, now if only i can get some HD Movie/TV action other than Sky HD.
config 10 Sep 2007 12:22
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You could always buy or rent movies on Blu-ray or HD-DVD...
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Bob Fossill 10 Sep 2007 12:47
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config wrote:
You could always buy or rent movies on Blu-ray or HD-DVD...


no no no no no... that would involve LEAVING THE FLAT!
SuperSaiyan4 10 Sep 2007 13:05
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Bob Fossill wrote:
config wrote:
You could always buy or rent movies on Blu-ray or HD-DVD...


no no no no no... that would involve LEAVING THE FLAT!


No it doesnt...Just rent them from online stores...
Bob Fossill 10 Sep 2007 13:32
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No it doesnt...Just rent them from online stores...


What and wait around for the postman and then faff about having to post them back (or just forgetting and getting fined yet again)....no no no no no no no... I want HD movies and the entire series of Steptoe and Son (as well as everything else from the BBC's archives) available immediately, NOW at a decent rental fee please Microsoft. That would fcuking rule.
zoydwheeler 10 Sep 2007 13:36
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Just look at the DVD/Video archive - it's phenomenal - http://www.bbcshop.com/icat/products?ivtype=dvd:video&temp=format_landing&htxt=IG1VeLV49uxkcoqRxeOP2gAcoxOjQqmDtqGPRdvtNqo2yvXYKSUnj8UQ3BpcwNnjlmvn91qG2wUZ%0AJVx3A9NxTQ%3D%3D
deleted 10 Sep 2007 14:48
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config wrote:
You could always buy or rent movies on Blu-ray or HD-DVD...


Yeah i could and i do but the range isnt exactly brilliant, and more choice = happy haritori, but what about those not owning a BD player/PS3 or HDDVD player, where do they get their HD content, Steps in Microsoft & 360.
deleted 10 Sep 2007 14:48
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oops
config 10 Sep 2007 17:05
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haritori wrote:
config wrote:
You could always buy or rent movies on Blu-ray or HD-DVD...

Yeah i could and i do but the range isnt exactly brilliant, and more choice = happy haritori, but what about those not owning a BD player/PS3 or HDDVD player, where do they get their HD content, Steps in Microsoft & 360.


This is all fine if you're happy to tie up your broadband connection for 10 hours - assuming a good quality, exclusive connection with no contention - for just one full length movie.

Then there's the monthly download limit set by your ISP to consider. Sure you might not have a cap not, but just wait until everyone starts downloading HD movies - ISPs sure to introduce one then, which you can upgrade for a fee...
zoydwheeler 10 Sep 2007 17:29
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config wrote:
This is all fine if you're happy to tie up your broadband connection for 10 hours - assuming a good quality, exclusive connection with no contention - for just one full length movie.

Then there's the monthly download limit set by your ISP to consider. Sure you might not have a cap not, but just wait until everyone starts downloading HD movies - ISPs sure to introduce one then, which you can upgrade for a fee...


Bah! You and your technical 'back down to earth' reality checks!
config 10 Sep 2007 18:05
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zoydwheeler wrote:
Bah! You and your technical 'back down to earth' reality checks!


It may have something to do with past experience with movie torrents, but then it might again not.
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