Owners of Microsoft“s Xbox 360 game console will soon be able to watch science fiction epics as well as play them. Microsoft said tonight that it would offer movies and episodes of television shows for download through its Xbox Live online service in the United States, beginning Nov. 22. .. „What makes this big is that there“s no PC in the middle,“? said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group… The video store will work much like that of Apple Computer, with some important differences. While users will be able to keep television shows, movies can only be rented for a 24-hour period. The videos will not be playable on other devices and cannot be burned onto DVDs, but the online service will keep track of purchases so users can log in to watch their videos on a friend“s Xbox. Peter Moore, Microsoft“s corporate vice president for interactive entertainment, said that the cost of standard-definition videos would be comparable to what competitors charged. Apple“s iTunes charges $1.99 for an episode of a television show.
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