LONDON, 11th December 2007: Microsoft® Corporation today affirmed its place as global leader in downloadable high-definition gaming and entertainment content, as its Xbox LIVE®™ Marketplace Video Store service launched in five new countries - Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Following a highly successful launch in the United States last year, all Xbox 360™ owners connected to the internet in the above countries can now download to rent both high definition and standard definition movies direct to their console using Xbox LIVE Marketplace Video Store.
Following last week’s launch announcement where Microsoft revealed partnerships with Warner Bros and Europacorp in Europe to bring exciting films to rent on Xbox LIVE including 300, Zodiac, Harry Potter and The Good German, Xbox 360 owners can also expect to download to rent additional Warner Bros films such as Batman Forever, Batman Returns, Analyze That<1>, by the end of the year. Cost per download for a catalogue film is from as little as 250 Microsoft Points (*ERP£2 <2>) for Standard Definition movies and from 380 Microsoft Points (*ERP£3.20 <3>) for High Definition movies.
Robin Truchy, Director of Xbox LIVE for Europe, Microsoft Entertainment and Devices Division commented:“We are firmly committed to providing the best high definition entertainment experiences for our consumers. We feel great about the enthusiasm created last week around HD movies in the Xbox LIVE community. The good news is that the movie industry seems excited as well about this launch: we look forward to additional partners and content coming in 2008, alongside Warner Bros and Europacorp.”
Marc Gareton, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution Senior Vice President International said:“We're excited to be helping to launch this new service in Europe, and to be bringing top Warner Bros. film titles like 300, Batman and the Matrix Trilogy in both SD and HD formats to people at their convenience in their own living rooms through Xbox LIVE. We Xbox owners are in for a treat over the holiday period and on into 2008.”
If all these film titles that we’ve got lined up aren’t enough to whet the appetites of Xbox consumers, then we’ve teamed up with Warner Bros to give eligible Xbox customers a special Christmas treat. From 00.01a.m. on Friday 28th December until 11.59 pm the same day (24hrs only), people will be able to download a mystery title in HD for 99p in the UK. Stay tuned for more information on this soon.
Xbox 360 gamers in the launch countries can access Xbox Live Marketplace Video Store with both an Xbox Live Silver or Gold membership and a broadband connection.
More information about the content available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace Video Store can be found at: www.xbox.com
For more press information please contact:
Kate Szlendak / 0118 909 5334 / firstname.lastname@example.org
<1> See end of release for final list of titles available on Xbox Live Marketplace Video Store
<2> (*ERP - Estimated Retail Price– prices may vary by individual retailer)
<3> (*ERP - Estimated Retail Price– prices may vary by individual retailer)
<4> These films may be subject to change
Launch Films on Xbox LIVE Marketplace Video Store UK from today, 11th Dec
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, THE
MATRIX RELOADED, THE
PERFECT STORM, THE
EYES WIDE SHUT
LETHAL WEAPON 4
LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION
CLASH OF THE TITANS
Additional Films coming to Xbox LIVE Marketplace Video Store UK before 7th Jan 2008<4>:
WE ARE MARSHALL
WILD WILD WEST
DEEP BLUE SEA
LAST BOY SCOUT