updated 05:10 pm EST, Fri December 22, 2006
Xbox Live video downloads
Microsoft's Xbox Live movie service may well be at the forefront of paid movie downloads, according to a new report. Variety reports that the recently launched Microsoft service is drastically outperforming Amazon's Unbox store, which in some cases sells as little as 100 titles as downloads per day. Although no figures are available to directly compare Xbox Live's success with that of Apple's iTunes, Variety's Ben Fritz notes that Microsoft's service is much better suited to TV use, as the console is already connected to a TV and has the ability to purchase as well as rent HD-quality content, while Amazon's service is limited to computers and at best matches the quality of DVDs. Apple also faces these restrictions and may depend heavily on its anticipated iTV media hub to match Microsoft's technology, according to Electronista.