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Xbox Live Marketplace gets exclusive video

Xbox users get content not available on iTunes

Microsoft yesterday announced TV and movie content for Xbox Live Marketplace. Xbox Live Marketplace is the online repository of downloadable content for Microsoft's Xbox 360 video game console. The new Xbox Live content includes exclusive Japanese anime that you can't find on the iTunes Store.

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Microsoft offers around 7,000 pieces of gaming and entertainment for purchase and download through Xbox Live Marketplace - everything from full-length motion pictures to TV shows and games, along with add-on packs for commercially released game titles.

Xbox Live Marketplace works using "Microsoft Points" which can be purchased at retail or via Xbox Live. Unlike the iTunes Store, some movie content on Xbox Live Marketplace is available in HD (High Definition). Content can either be purchased to own or, for a lesser fee, rented - the ability to play it back expires after a set period of time.

New to Xbox Live Marketplace this month are exclusives that haven't landed on the iTunes Store or elsewhere - content from Logo, MTV Networks' channel for the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) audience, including the comedies "Wisecrack" and "The Big Gay Sketch Show" to dramas and other content.

Funimation began offering anime on the iTunes Store earlier this year, and now some of those same titles are available on Xbox Live Marketplace, including "Trinity Blood", "Samurai 7", "Gunslinger Girl" and "Basilisk." What's more, Geneon Entertainment, which is heretofore absent from the iTunes Store, will offer the anime classic "Akira" along with "Gun Sword", "Last Exile", "Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo" and "Lupin the 3rd."

Plans are also in place to offer country music fans some content from Country Music Television and full-length feature films, including "Team America World Police", "Dreamgirls", "Pan's Labyrinth", "Letters from Iwo Jima", "Shooter" and "Black Snake Moan".


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