360: Video Marketplace now LIVE!

Discussion in 'Console Industry' started by 22psi, Nov 22, 2006.

  1. Sankari

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    http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20061122-8272.html

    Slow day so might aswell post this.
     
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    Can't wait for the adult films to come in HD <3 :mrgreen:
     
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    That would be the one, yes. But I'm guessing we'll have to wait a bit for the load problems to be resolved before we get a good handle on that.
     
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    with the VoD service of my ISP the movie starts immediately. the path between my access and the video server is way shorter and is entirely controlled by the ISP.
     
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    So...around this time last year I went on to complain about the VIDEO section on the Media Blade. So in keeping with tradition, I feel the need to complain again.

    Here is what I want for the spring update: Season Passes or whatever they want to call them, with the same feature we have in Live Arcade, Auto Download. Of course this requires a much larger HDD, or the ability to download on the PC and share to the 360 or copy to the PC. I mean, I upgraded to Vista Ultimate and everything...(even in Boot Camp!), so I can get me some of that Live Anywhere integration...lets go!

    I'm lazy I don't want to have to go through and select every single show to get the complete season I'm an HD-**ore! so I will max that 13GBs in minutes. I'm dying for a reason to ditch my HD cable box, I could drop that extra $80/month on something else.
     
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    Just got done watching Posiden HD.

    Having watched this is the theater, this is very "film" like so don't expect Discovery HD levels or anything like that.

    The film grain is preserved quite well but some of the very dark scenes were showing some banding/black crush issues. Maybe a total of 1-2mins of the total feature. The detail in the sharp scenes is good as is the color saturation and flesh tones. There is absolutely no macroblocking in any of the fast scenes. The sound quality is VERY good. I was impressed with the SQ. My surround system/sub got a great workout throughout the film and the surround effects were plenty.

    In comparison to Comcast HD (HBO HD, Starz HD, Cinemax HD) movies:
    Blows it away. Simply put, Comcast HD is a macroblocking mess and a lot of the movies are "zoomed in" to fill the screen which destorys the normal scale. The 1-2mins of total issues I mentioned would be more like 40+ mins of this mess with the film being so dark.

    In comparison to HD DVD:
    HD DVD wins but that is expected. However, since this film is very dark, I'll wait for a more "bright" movie to judge it properly. Still, I expect a HD DVD version to be sharper and not have any banding/black crush issues.

    360 performance:
    No glitches whatsoever during playback. The 360 never got loud either. As loud as say when you're browsing the dashboard which, to me, is very quiet.

    Overall I found this be a very enjoyable experience and it hit after the fact that "hey, i just watched this off my 360." For the masses, this is "HD enough." If they can lower the prices of a HD movie to $4 and fix their download speed issues (which I believe they will after they gauge the demand) this should be a good hit with the consumer. HD DVD and Blu Ray: meet the future......
     
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    How long did the download take?
     
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    No clue. Started it and left for work.
     
  10. Rangers

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    How do we know costs? The bandwidth is 1-2 GB on SD and 4-6 GB on HD. More than double.

    I'm sure it's a demand thing, aka economics 101 though.

    On the last, I agree consoles aren't going to be the endpoint for this, but since the only competition right now seems to be Comcasts little known service (which of course isn't available if you dont have Comcast), maybe microsoft will at the least get some butts in gear on the competition.

    And of course HD DVD will be better, it is using 25-30 GB's, where the Live movies use a fraction of that. Sounds like the Live movies do look good though.

    Currently the service is completely broken though. I have been trying for two full days to dl V for Vendetta and am still only 61%. Ridiculous. IIRC Superman comes to the service next week, I cant imagine what that will be like.

    The selection while better than first hinted at, still leaves a huge amount to be desired, and needs quick improvement.
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    Don't know, afterall we might be singing:

    "HDTV killed the Adult Video Star" :mrgreen:

    P.S.: That could be a song from Weird Al
     
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    Does anyone know if and how they are enforcing the MPAA ratings (or the TV ratings)?

    Hong.
     
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    I wouldn't have thought they need to as 360 does have a parental lock function built in.
    Much like television broadcasters can't help it if people allow kids to stay up beyond the watershed or to buy in PPVs they're not old enough for, they can (I think) assume that parents would prevent the purchase of inappropriate content or even Microsoft points...
     
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    Sounds amazing so far. With a Userbase of 4 Mill. using XBL this should be something.

    Superman availible next week? F*** YOU MS MONEYWHORES I AM IN!

    Srsly, someone with an US Acc. tried downloading from EU? Does it work?
    Is it possible to use MSPoints from the EU-Stores with a US Account? IF so...
    that would be :shock: srlsy COOL.
     
  15. Rangers

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    Uh, dont qoute me on that. I just thought I had seen it on some Xbox.com release list. But skimming just now I didn't see any release lists at all there.

    http://videoeta.com/movie/68997

    It is coming out next week and is a WB release though, which is on the service, so could be something to it.

    Honestly I think right now microsoft is trying to downplay the whole thing as much as possible while they presumably straighten out the server fiasco, because I dont see Xbox.com touting the movies much at all anymore. So if they do have Superman, they probably wouldn't want to tell anyone.
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but in order to use this service outside of the US, you would need a US credit card to add points to the account? Yes?
     
  17. Magnum PI

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    the bandwidth costs next to nothing.even if the HD version was 6x bigger in volume, it wouldn't justify a 50% price increase.
     
  18. pipo

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    Yup. It works.

    /hush

    Nope. Points are points. There's also pre-paid cards by the way...

    And MS is working on the mess: http://www.majornelson.com/archive/2006/11/23/video-marketplace-status.aspx

     
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    Is this service available to anyone outside the United States?
     
  20. Joe DeFuria

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    'Scuse me.

    Capitalism police (again) must speak up:

    Costs don't and shouldn't dictate the price. Supply and demand does. If $2 extra for HD is worth it to enough people, it will continue to be priced accordingly.
     
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