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Old 11-03-2006, 04:32 AM
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Default Xbox Live to offer HD movie downloads?

Saw this at Engadget

Xbox Live could soon start vending HD movie content - over 1000+ hours of video will make its way onto Live for rental at about $4 a go, or for purchase (at an unstated price).
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Cooooool!! Not far fetched at all.
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Old 11-03-2006, 01:00 PM
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I dont think that they or enough people have the bandwidth or the storage for this. It would be nice but I dont think that we are there yet. Heck whenever a new demo is up at 900 Megs it crawls as everyone tries to dl it. How much file space is needed for a 2 hour movie in HD with what I assume is a WMV codex ? 20 gigs on my 360 isnt going to hold much.
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Old 11-03-2006, 01:59 PM
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It is getting better though. But I do agree that 20GB of storage is an issue, especially when 6GB of that can't be accessed.

I did notice the new line after the Fall Update stating "Does Not Expire" when you look at the details of a video. So I'm betting this rumor... isn't that far from the truth.
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Old 11-04-2006, 06:24 AM
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20 gigs on my 360 isnt going to hold much.
I agree. There was rumours of a 100GB drive, which was disputed by MS.
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Old 11-06-2006, 09:47 PM
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So the announcement came today. It looks like movies can be rented and TV shows can be purchased. The new video marketplace will be online Nov. 22nd.

http://gamerscoreblog.com/team/archi...06/538735.aspx

I'm not too happy about the file sizes. Batman Forever, which is featured in the preview video, is over 5GB(!?!?!?) Which I guess is why it's a rental. Where's that 100GB hard drive that was accidentally leaked at the Korea X06?!?!

I do say though that the re-mastered Star Trek episodes in HD are very very tempting. I just might purchase one just to try it out.

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Old 11-06-2006, 09:49 PM
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And now an official word from MS so it's really coming. First movies available in HD - Batman Begins, Superman Returns, & The Matrix.

To help solve the size issue regarding large HD files, XBOX is going to launch a new service to handle the video marketplace that is outside of the one currently used for the old marketplace. Also, you'll be able to begin watching videos before they are fully downloaded, something you can't do right now with trailers on Xbox 360.

Television shows will also be made available in both HD and SD formats. No specifics mentioned on pricing although I'm sure the microtransactions will come into play yet again.

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http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/744/744355p1.html

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Old 11-07-2006, 04:27 AM
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More here from IGN. Will 4.7GB for a HD movie be enough to show it in all its HD glory?
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Old 11-07-2006, 02:08 PM
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More here from IGN. Will 4.7GB for a HD movie be enough to show it in all its HD glory?
Yeah, probably. Closer to HDTV broadcast quality, most likely (perhaps superior since they will be using VC-1). The best quality would still be on HD-DVD discs (and Blu-Ray, of course).

I might use the service for rental, however I would not use it for purchases unless there is something that I absolutely wanted and this was the only way to get it.
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Old 11-07-2006, 02:28 PM
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I will say though, if they put Battlestar Galactica on this service... I will buy every episode and forget watching it on Sci-Fi. I want that show in HD.
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