Xbox Jumps Into Video Fray
from the what-took-ya-so-long? dept
Considering the relative success of Microsoft's Xbox 360, people have been expecting for some time that the company would use to it sell not just videogames, but to distribute other entertainment, like TV shows. But so far, the company hasn't done anything on this front, instead opting to invest its energies into a battle against the iPod that seems doomed. Finally, the company has made the long-awaited announcement that it will in fact sell videos over the Xbox 360. Their service will be roughly similar to Apple's recent video announcement, except it will offer shows in HD. The entrance of Microsoft into this space guarantees that this will be very competitive, with many companies trying to come up with solutions. And while it should add some value to the Xbox, it still doesn't solve a major hangup with these video services: that they don't allow the user to take their content with them and use ii on any device. So if you want to watch videos on your laptop as well, looks like you'll probably have to pay twice.