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Microsoft launches Xbox 360 movie downloads

UK console owners offered films from £2

Microsoft's Xbox 360 movie download service is now available in the UK.

The Microsoft Live Marketplace service offers high-definition as well as standard definition movie downloads. However, unlike Apple's iTunes store, Microsoft has implemented a rental scheme that uses DRM technology to disable a movie after it has been watched.

Films cost a thoroughly reasonable 250 'points' (£2.13) in standard definition and 380 'points' (£3.23) for high-definition versions. Users add 'points' to their Xbox Live Marketplace via a credit card (or by purchasing vouchers in shops).

"We want to give [users] the entertainment they want, in the format they want, when they want it and at an affordable price", said Robin Truchy, director of Xbox LIVE for Europe, Microsoft Entertainment and Devices Division. "Xbox Live Marketplace Video Store in Europe is all about adding to the ever-expanding number of entertainment choices that our consumers have on their Xbox 360."

Microsoft's launch titles include
300
ANALYZE THIS
CLASH OF THE TITANS
DEAD CALM
DEMOLITION MAN
ERASER
EYES WIDE SHUT
EXECUTIVE DECISION
FUGITIVE, THE
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
LETHAL WEAPON 3
LETHAL WEAPON 4
LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION
MARS ATTACKS!
MATRIX, THE
MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, THE
MATRIX RELOADED, THE
OCEAN'S ELEVEN
PERFECT STORM, THE
RISKY BUSINESS
SPACE COWBOYS
SWORDFISH
SUPERMAN III
THREE KINGS
TRAINING DAY
ZODIAC

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