Gates also announced that ABC and Disney will sell their hallmark shows, such as Lost and Grey’s Anatomy, on Xbox Live. MGM will also offer movie downloads on the service. “This is not a hobby for Microsoft, this is something we take quite seriously,” said Microsoft exec Robbie Bach.
PRESS RELEASE — LAS VEGAS â€” Jan. 6, 2008 â€” Xbox LIVE Marketplace, the leading high-definition video-on-demand service, is expanding once again, adding content from two major entertainment partners. Microsoft Corp. today announced at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that Disney-ABC Television Group and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) will be joining the more than 35 networks and studios offering U.S. Xbox LIVE members premium entertainment content via the Xbox LIVE Marketplace Video Store.
â€œDisney-ABC Television Group and MGM are two of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, and this announcement helps continue to evolve and diversify the content offering on Xbox LIVE,â€ said Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft. â€œThe ability to offer such great content in high definition further expands Microsoftâ€™s commitment to connected entertainment with Xbox 360.â€
Later this month, all U.S. Xbox LIVE members will begin to have access to select TV shows and movies from the ABC Television Network, ABC Family, ABC News, Disney Channel and Toon Disney as part of an agreement with Disney-ABC Television Group. More than 500 hours of content, in both standard definition and high definition when available, will be offered including hit ABC Television shows â€œLost,â€ â€œGreyâ€™s Anatomy,â€ â€œUgly Bettyâ€ and â€œDesperate Housewives.â€ Past and current ABC shows will be available on demand, with new episodes arriving on the service the day after they air on television. A variety of award-winning ABC News broadcasts and specials from its unparalleled archive dating back to 1963 and containing priceless interviews, stories and historical moments will be available for download as well.
Viewers will also be able to enjoy shows from ABC Family, such as â€œKyle XYâ€ and â€œGreek, â€ as well as popular Disney Channel series including â€œHannah Montanaâ€ and â€œThe Suite Life of Zack & Codyâ€ and select Disney Channel Original Movies such as â€œHigh School Musicalâ€ and â€œHigh School Musical 2.â€
â€œAs a company dedicated to providing consumers with a variety of high-quality entertainment and news content that they can view at their convenience, regardless of time, place or platform, we are very excited to bring our programming to Xbox LIVE members,â€ said Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television Group. â€œThis new agreement will not only provide incremental viewing opportunities, but also provides a wealth of promotional opportunities to further awareness of our shows and brands.â€
MGM will be bringing its legendary movie library to the service, with classic films ranging from the â€œRockyâ€ series to â€œDances with Wolves.â€ Action-thrillers such as â€œTerminator,â€ â€œSilence of the Lambsâ€ and â€œThe Amityville Horror,â€ comedies and broad-appeal titles such as â€œLegally Blonde,â€ â€œBarbershopâ€ and â€œAgent Cody Banks,â€ and award-winning films such as â€œPlatoon,â€ â€œRain Manâ€ and â€œThe Usual Suspectsâ€ highlight the diverse launch lineup. United Artists, an MGM sister company, will be making films available as well. Many titles offered by MGM will be available in high definition.
â€œThe Video Store on Xbox LIVE Marketplace has proven to be very successful, and we are excited that MGM will be a partner in 2008,â€ said Jim Packer, co-president of Worldwide Television at MGM. â€œAt MGM we are always looking for new ways to reach our broad audience, and partnering with Microsoft allows us to make our legendary library available to the millions of Xbox LIVE members here in the U.S.â€
The Video Store in Xbox LIVE Marketplace is the leading provider of high-definition video on demand, offering movies for video on demand and TV shows and music videos for electronic sell-through. With more than 3,500 hours of premium entertainment content from more than 35 studios and networks, Xbox LIVE Marketplace helps make Xbox 360 the center of connected entertainment in the living room. More information about content being offered on Xbox LIVE Marketplace is available at http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/marketplace/moviestv/?WT.svl=nav.