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Microsoft intros Zune movies for Xbox in 1080p

updated 03:00 pm EDT, Mon June 1, 2009

MS Zune Movies on Xbox

Microsoft today launched a range of changes to the Xbox 360's video features. Now rebranded as a Zune service, the former Xbox Video Marketplace will now provide videos in full 1080p and promises an "instant-on" feature that starts streaming videos almost immediately on faster connections. The extension will be available in all countries and should come along with an expansion of video rentals and purchases to 18 countries from the current 8.

As part of its video efforts, Microsoft also plans to improve the Netflix viewer by letting owners find movies and modify the streaming queue directly. British viewers will have access to Sky TV, including live viewing and a program guide. Viewers of most any service will have the option of watching as part of a group of Xbox Live friends.

Music is arriving on Xbox Live in the form of Last.fm streaming that can be sorted by artist or genre.

Most of these features should be available by the fall.

1080p movie store



Sky TV



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by MacNN Staff

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  1. dagamer34

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Shady

    REAL 1080p requires 15-20 Mbit/sec to actually match the quality from a disc. Anything less is cheating in some fashion.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Unless

    Of course if Apple were to provide the very same service and options...then it would be real HD.

  1. sgirard

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Bandwidth Caps

    Will these streaming video services push the ISPs to get serious about bandwidth caps? Sadly, I think so. It's unfortunate that these internet video streaming services are in direct competition with traditional video delivery systems like cable or UVerse. I'd like nothing more than to see more competition in this area, but unfortunately the cable and phone companies are the gatekeepers. And you know they will protect their existing business models.

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Don't you all rememeber

    MS always follows this technique. Over promise, under deliver.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: Shady

    1080p defines the resolution of the video, but really nothing else. As can be seen from several HD sources, sometimes the content still looks like c***, is pixelated, stutters, etc.

    And they didn't say it was going to match the output of the disc. They just said it is 1080p.

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