Wednesday, July 23, 2008

MS XBox Ramping Up Content Offerings

Pulled from Financial Times

Microsoft Brings Its Games To Life As Movies On Web
Financial Times
Are you ready for Halo3, the movie? Microsoft has struck a deal with Safran Digital Group and five directors of horror movies to make short films based on its Xbox games, which will be released on the Internet.

Scott Nocas, product manager for Xbox Live's video programming and original content, said the company was treating the short films like TV pilots. Microsoft will show them in the 26 international markets that support the Xbox Live service and plans to commission more original content if the movies prove popular.

"We're not in the TV business," Nocas said. "But we believe our consumers want bite-sized entertainment content that they can watch between (playing) games."

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