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Xbox Live Video Marketplace launches in the UK

Xbox Live Video Marketplace launches in the UK

Madness? No! This is Xbox Live Video Marketplace, where you can download HD and SD movies!

Xbox Live Video Marketplace has just gone live in the UK, as well as in Ireland, Canada, France and Germany. The service, which had previously been available only in the US, allows gamers to download movies directly to their Xbox 360 through the miracle of Xbox Live.

The selection of movies is limited to start with, but Microsoft has partnered with a number of movie studios and will be expanding the films on offer over the next few months. Video Marketplace also has a large selection of music videos included in the line-up, as well as full length movies.

The only drawback is that the films can only be rented at the moment and that once a film is downloaded users only have a set amount of time to keep the film for. Once the film is started users will only have 24 hours to watch it all before it is deleted.

On the plus side, users can specify whether they want to watch a film in high definition or paltry standard definition, paying different amounts for each. Currently, full-length SD movies cost around 250 Microsoft Points (about £2) per rental while HD movies cost 380 Microsoft Points (about £3.20).

The list of films available ranges quite widely, including titles like 300, Clash of the Titans and The Matrix Trilogy.

Will you be using the Video Marketplace, or do you not like the idea of such short rental periods? Is the cost reasonable, or is Microsoft getting greedy? Let us know what you think in the forums.

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mikeuk2004 11th December 2007, 12:30 Quote
Not for me I think. For example those films mentioned on SD can be bought for £3 anyway. Might as well buy them instead of renting them.

How do the prices compare with the likes of blockbuster etc??? I dont know as I dont rent movies.

Renting sounds a good idea for those that do rent and probably the best way for it on Xbox 360 because if they are for keeps, then you probably only get 2 films on your drive and then your screwed. Unles you got an elite and can get a few more.
cjoyce1980 11th December 2007, 13:30 Quote
its about time the UK got this feature, every though its old if you live in the US.

but 24 hours to finish watching a film from start..... so that should mean if i download it night and don't watch it for a year, i should be able to watch it still as i've not started to watch it yet... that aint so bad, but i think the prices are a little high compared it what they pay in the US for there points
Speedo 11th December 2007, 13:40 Quote
I believe you have two weeks from purchase, or 24 hours from start to watch the movie. I tend to rewatch my movies so I'll stick with buying discs for now.
DXR_13KE 11th December 2007, 13:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by cjoyce1980
its about time the UK got this feature, every though its old if you live in the US.

but 24 hours to finish watching a film from start..... so that should mean if i download it night and don't watch it for a year, i should be able to watch it still as i've not started to watch it yet... that aint so bad, but i think the prices are a little high compared it what they pay in the US for there points

"and that once a film is downloaded users only have a set amount of time to keep the film for"

IMO this is not for me, i would rather buy the real dvds first hand or second hand.

this would be awesome if it were like < 15€/month for an all you can eat service and they would still profit (xbox live would become very very popular and movie studios would profit from people that would never buy their stuff).... add to that a torrent like system that can be tweaked by the user in terms of upload bandwith but not deactivated and MS would not need an insane amount of bandwidth.... and plus they could put on ads on marketplace for movies and games and other stuff and have a big profit (and help lower the monthly fee to a stable level of profit)..... fools
Flibblebot 11th December 2007, 14:47 Quote
Just out of interest, what is the average size of SD & HD movies using this service? I'm guessing a couple of gig for an SD movie, maybe 4-5Gb for an HD movie, right?

Any ideas what the quality is like?
LVMike 11th December 2007, 15:44 Quote
HD in the us runs 3-6 gigs and is usually (every one ive downloaded) 720P with 5.1 sound. the image and quality are good in my opinion. One bit of advice dont start the movie until it has Completed downloading. The second you start the film your 24 hour counter starts. We thought our bandwidth could handle downloading and watching the movie along with all the other net trafic associated with 5 college students ( like we do with tv shows) but that was not the case and by the time the film finished we only had 4 hours to watch it. ( our connection in this hick town is slow and often drops)

I think the services is good for what it is. Not everyone will use it but for those who do they will get their monies worth.
Demon Cleaner 11th December 2007, 16:55 Quote
Yeah standard def movies are about 1.2-1.5 GBs, while HD is about 4-7 GBs from what I remember. I'd rather rent them on a physical format than waste my bandwidth. Postage rental schemes like Lovefilm are much more attractive as you can keep them as long as you like.
<A88> 11th December 2007, 17:07 Quote
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cpu121 11th December 2007, 19:10 Quote
Out of interest, are subtitles available?
mikeuk2004 11th December 2007, 23:50 Quote
Just seen whats on there, they are really old films of films I already got on DVD. I dont see that wrth while, wheres the new releases???? Wheres Transformers, Rush Hour 3 etc???

Oh well, something I wont use
Tetsugaku-San 12th December 2007, 00:20 Quote
So this is just for people who haven't heard of bittorent right?

<sigh>

Until a good service that has ALL films, old and new, for a decent price, 50p sounds good if it's 'renting' (the cheek) - then I'm sure people will continue to use Pirate Bay.......
Dev25 12th December 2007, 08:46 Quote
Yh true (bittorrent)
But lower the prices and then maybe i'll use it
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