Trying to compete with services such as iTunes and crush Sony as completely as possible, Microsoft’s Xbox Live service now includes downloadable movies and TV episodes. After you pay and download the HD version of a file you are also able to download the non-HD version free of charge. On the down side, you only get it for 24 hours, making it a little more expensive – but more convenient – than driving to a store and renting a DVD. There’s no real new news here, we just wanted to give you a heads up on the pricing and offerings.
Here’s a price breakdown:
- HD TV Episodes – 240 points ($3)
- SD TV Episodes – 160 points ($2)
- HD Movies – 480 points ($6)
- SD Movies – 320 points ($4)
- Classic HD Movies – 360 points ($4.50)
- Classic SD Movies – 240 points ($3)
And after the break, you can see a few examples of the download-to-own TV shows and download-to-rent movies:
- CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, NCIS, and Star Trek from CBS.
- Chappelle’s Show, Drawn Together, and Emmy and Peabody award-winning South Park from COMEDY CENTRAL.
- Pimp My Ride and Punk’d from MTV.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender and SpongeBob SquarePants from Nickelodeon.
- Skyland and Invader Zim from Nicktoons Network.
- Chinatown, Star Trek VII: Generations, Patriot Games, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Sum of All Fears, The Untouchables, and We Were Soldiers from Paramount Pictures.
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Frisky Dingo, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Sealab 2021, and The Venture Bros. from Turner Broadcasting.
- Some of the most intense fights from Ultimate Fighting Championship.
- Breaking Bonaduce and Hogan Knows Best from VH1.
- Perfect Storm, Poseidon, The Shining, Three Kings, and V for Vendetta, as well as The Nine and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip along with the CW show Veronica Mars from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.