Xbox 360 soon to deliver TV shows, movies to gamers

The Xbox 360 is to become the first gaming console to deliver TV shows and movies to gamers via Xbox Live.

In news announced in the United States on Tuesday night (NZ time), Microsoft said it had agreements with CBS, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, Turner Broadcasting System, Ultimate Fighting Championship and Warner Bros to provide an initial lineup of more than 1000 hours of hit television shows and movies to Xbox 360 consoles in the US by the end of the year.

Timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the launch of Xbox 360 in the US, the plan will make it the first gaming console to provide HD TV shows and movies directly to gamers in their own living rooms.

Consumers will also be able to download-to-own TV shows including CSI and Numb3rs, remastered classic Star Trek episodes and Nascar will deliver download-to-own condensed versions of select Nascar Nextel Cup Series races from Race Rewind.

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