Microsoft to stream Netflix movies on Xbox 360

By on July 14, 2008, 6:21 PM
Earlier this morning, Microsoft unveiled an Xbox 360 with triple the storage space – from 20GB to 60GB – but the same $349 price tag. Now, the software giant has revealed some additional details about future updates to its gaming console, including a long-rumored partnership with Netflix that will allow users to stream thousands of movies over the Internet.

The video streaming service is expected to launch as a software upgrade for the Xbox 360 and offered at no additional cost to Netflix subscribers who also hold Xbox 360 Live Gold memberships. The agreement kicks off in “late fall,” and will bring 10,000 new video titles – movies or TV episodes – in standard definition to the Xbox Live online service.

In addition, Microsoft also announced a revamped dashboard for the Xbox 360 and an avatar system. The new dashboard interface is designed to be simpler and more streamlined than the current dashboard, replacing the current blades system with 3D slides. As for the new avatars (which is Microsoft’s answer to Nintendo’s Miis), it is a total-integration system where every user has his own character that can be customized and used in games. You can read more Xbox 360-related announcements in this Microsoft E3 2008 press conference wrap-up.

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rj831 said:
I guess Ill be dropping blockbuster and goin to Netflix!!! Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaah boi!!!
9Nails said:
The Xbox Live Gold membership is the trick isn't it? I've been happy with my silver membership right up until now. I've even streamed a few movies from the 360 market place so I'm becoming comfortable with the delivery. I suppose I may have to rethink my future memberships.
howzz1854 said:
WHY does it have to be gold membership!!!.. that is the biggest rip off!!... users who already have membership from Netflix shouldn't have to pay for another monthly subscription just so he/she can watch what has already been paid!!... this is the biggest F ed up corporate scheme that microsoft has pulled with Xbox live. i can't believe these people have the face to say that straight out. i am sick of Xbox Live. for that i hope SONY can strike something similar so i can switch to PS3 for that matter.
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