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Submitted by pacostacos 911d ago | news

Microsoft to fund Blake's 7 remake for Xbox Live service

Microsoft is to fund a remake of the cult BBC sci-fi series Blake's 7 for its Xbox Live service. Blake's 7, which was dubbed "The Dirty Dozen in space", was devised by Terry Nation, the creator of Doctor Who's Daleks, and ran for four series on BBC1 from 1978 to 1981 and became an international hit that has maintained a loyal following. (Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, Xbox One)

The Meerkat  +   911d ago
Wow its like an analogy of what's happening at MS.

Spoiler.... They all die in the end

One by one they all die

1. The always on died.
2. The friends sharing died
3. The mandatory Kinect died.
4. The idea that people wouldn't want a headset died.
5, 6, 7. TBC
Knushwood Butt  +   911d ago
Good one.


Avon rules
JokesOnYou  +   911d ago
Edit Damm meant to reply below
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DoubleM70  +   911d ago
Wow Microsoft is really swinging for the juglar. Entertainment Hub it is.
NewMonday  +   911d ago
I like this, hope it gets a good production budget

I'm assuming you can get the show on any device with XBL, if not people will just torrent it
WeaseL  +   911d ago
It will only take a couple of hours before you get it on a torrent site.
ElementX  +   911d ago
Yep for all the stingy people who don't pay for music, movies, games, or anything, there's torrent sites. It's pretty sad the way everybody these days feels entitled to free entertainment.
Godmars290  +   911d ago
As sad as a company expecting people to pay $500+$60 a month to watch a TV show?

Be one thing if we were talking about a new cable channel or something on HBO or the like, but this is content MS is trying to use to get people to buy a game console.
Fireseed  +   911d ago
Yeah, cause this is the only selling point they've made ever right? Forget all the games and stuff, that was all extra but this is the main reason they're hoping you buy an Xbox...
NewMonday  +   911d ago
some people have no option because the shows/movies they want don't get distributed in their region and are blocked on the internet by IP address verification on devices.
DevelopmentArrested  +   911d ago
Yes godmars. The Xbox One is $500 and $60 a year and all you get for that is one tv show. Yes my eyes are rolling.

Seems like people like you hate it when Microsoft adds to their service. Like its a bad thing getting more. Anything even a positive is turned into a negative here. If Microsoft cured childhood cancer people here would turn it into a negative.
JokesOnYou  +   911d ago
"As sad as a company expecting people to pay $500+$60 a month to watch a TV show?"

Godmars you mean $60 a year right?

-Yeah because you only get this TV show for $560 which will of course disable your X1 from playing all games, access to all online services, and any UI functionality NOT tied to this TV show.
CRAIG667  +   911d ago
I hate piracy.
corvusmd  +   911d ago
@Godmars290 your logic is screwed....probably why you are clearly a PS fanboy, you don't pay attention to the bigger picture....or facts in general. Saying that anyone is buying an XB1 for $560 JUST to watch blake 7 (which was just announced and relatively unknown in the US) Is like saying that someone will buy a PS4 and PSN just so they can watch netflix outside the paywall. Well done.

Yeah forget all the ACTUAL value that makes XB1 worth more than that much...let's try to make an argument that is SO absurd that it reduces the value of the whole conversation...some of you fanboys are REALLY REALLY REALLY desperate just to talk trash about the XB1, just stop being so intimidated and have fun playing games again...if you don't want an XB1...NO ONE IS FORCING YOU to get one. Trying to trash talk it over nothing just makes you look ignorant and scared.
Godmars290  +   911d ago
Its not enough incentive for a sci-fi fan not into console gaming, or all else the XB1 does. It wouldn't be enough for the PS4.
DiRtY  +   911d ago
You mean like every TV series, videogame, movie, audio-book or CD ever produced? Didn't stop them to become a success, did it?
Fishy Fingers  +   911d ago
I don't think that's the point he's trying to make. Rather, it probably won't draw many people to buy Xbox live as the show will be available on torrent. Much like shows exclusive to Sky or Netflix.
Fireseed  +   911d ago

Actually no that's the exact point he's attempting to make. He's trying to downplay a XBL TV exclusive because he thinks everyone and their mom will simply torrent it rather than paying for it.
Fishy Fingers  +   911d ago
Maybe, or maybe your just a little touchy? Because other than stating a fact, he doesnt exactly give any indication as to his "agenda", so really, it's down to you to read into it what you will. I personally took it for what it is, you on the other hand, are choosing to make more of it than perhaps was intended. Who knows, but really, who cares is the question we should ask ourselves ha.
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Fireseed  +   911d ago
Touchy, maybe. Sorry but it's an innate reaction to flat out stupid remarks. And I did not state that he has an agenda nor attempted to guess whether he comes from any one particular fanboy camp or not. I simply tried to say how stupid it is to think that just because pirating it may be an option means that everyone will do it.

Plus it's actually fairly important for everyone who reads this to care, because advocating piracy is wrong.
JokesOnYou  +   911d ago
@Fishy Of course that was the point he was trying to make, you been around here long enough to know that when a guy comes into a thread with a positive headline and makes a generalized negative statement that really offers no insight besides the obvious hes just trying to downplay the product. Whats "touchy" about him pointing that out? Yes like any other TV/Movie content it will be pirated, but ultimately if its good it will still sell and be successful, and in this case its just added value for the overall X1 platform. In other words its understood about piracy but his comment is like going to every positive Killzone shadowfall thread and saying well but you have to pay for online to play the full game. OK, cool what else is new? Any comments good or bad about the merits of the game?
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Jrxbarrett  +   911d ago
Yeah because piracy is cool.
JokesOnYou  +   911d ago
CRAIG667 yeah its because just like stealing from a retail store its why honest hardworking paying customers end up paying more for all the cheap and self entitled leeches of society. 

Anyway people like Weasel just want to hate brcause this is UNIQUE ADDED VALUE to the X1 platform but him and his buddies dont want to talk about that, no just only about piracy that happens with every other tv/movie product...sort of like walking into a conversation after overhearing "Wow, theres a new 300 sequel coming to theatre's that I'm going to go watch" then you interjecting with "Well it will be on torrents too". I'm not even debating the legal aspect I'm just saying its rude and these types of folks generally don't have many real friends outside of the anonymity of the internet.
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grassyknoll  +   911d ago
I can understand a company like Netflix doing this, but just for the Xbox One is madness. Paying for the console, Live & possibly the programme itself is not gonna get many people on board. More people will torrent this than watch it on the Xbox One.
Jrxbarrett  +   911d ago
There are plenty of people that are willing to spend money vs risking the possibilities of having the authorities bust down their doors just for a bootleg copy of a show.
grassyknoll  +   911d ago
I'm not saying people should do that, but the barrier of entry is far to high. Watching something on a specific device vs any internet enable device makes a big difference.
KonsoruMasuta  +   911d ago
I don't know where you live but authorities don't "bust down your door" for bootleg copies.
jackanderson1985  +   911d ago
Microsoft are a business that goes beyond Xbox, they see an opportunity to reach more markets they'll take it like Amazon for example.. they're a distributor but they've moved onto TV show production (haven't heard whether they are good or bad) but it's a plan to breach another market and increase revenue sources... Sony is in tons of markets already and do movies if i'm not mistaken? Does this mean sony should stop making movies as people will torrent them
SniperControl  +   911d ago
Difference is, Sony/Amazon release those movies and TV shows to 6 billion people around the world via the medium of TV, cinema & web. Blake 7 & Halo are XBL exclusive shows.
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jackanderson1985  +   911d ago

Then you must have serious issues with Netflix and Amazon as they've release exclusive tv shows (House of Cards and Orange is the New Black are pretty damn good in my opinion... not sure on the amazon ones read it in a cracked article before but supposedly they're meh)

MS are a business if they want to fund something they've the rights to say where it goes.. if they want to put it on their live service only that's their choice... it adds further incentive for users to get Gold

ran out of bubble so edited it here... Netflix and Amazon aren't available to all 6 billion no... Netflix is only in specific countries and I believe the Amazon service is the same thing if not even more restricted... and if you want to mention the use of proxys or whatever the xbox one is region free and could be used in all the countries with access to the internet if need be
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Cherchez La Ghost  +   911d ago
Agreed! Now a days, original series shows are the thing.

HBO - Game of Thrones
Showtime - Californication
AMC - The Walking Dead
Cinemax - Banshee
Netflix - House of Cards

I'm mostly watching these channels for the shows instead of the movies.
SniperControl  +   911d ago

But netfix & Amazon still have access to 6 Billion people around the world via web, for people to watch these shows!
Can you say the same for XBL?
JokesOnYou  +   911d ago
Snipercontrol So? I mean I don't get the logic here, they are exclusive to promote adoption of their brand....and just like Amazon and sony pictures are pirated they don't stop making content because they still get plenty of law abiding consumers to pay. By your logic downplaying this is like downplaying the importance of a local, electronics or hardware store because you dont have access to as many cutomers as Walmart, why bother?
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Cherchez La Ghost  +   911d ago
Why do people still want media for free?! Do you whine to your cable company? Do you whine to your cell carrier?! Now a days, everything that is free is not what it's cracked up to be.
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devwan  +   911d ago
This was the pick of the comments on the Guardian site:

"Because nothing says Microsoft better than a band of criminals led by a self serving sociopath looking for a leader lost in the wilderness, on board a flagship that implodes and gets replaced by something slightly worse every other year..."
fOrlOnhOpe57  +   911d ago
Blakes 7. Wow, have to blow the cobwebs off that one lol
British_Knight  +   911d ago
If the story, writing, cast and directing is strong, Blake's 7 will be a great addition to the growing list of features for XB1. Good job Microsoft.
SniperControl  +   911d ago
Good to see MS spending our hard earned money on quality AAA titles......oh wait.
DevelopmentArrested  +   911d ago
It isn't just about you.
SniperControl  +   911d ago
No it's not, but i think alot of gamers would rather see that money pumped into game development.
Most new series don't last past season 2 unless they have a massive budget per episode, even then it is touch and go.
christocolus  +   911d ago
it really isnt about you..most gamers want so much and expect so much from ms..
jackanderson1985  +   911d ago
MS is a business that has multiple avenues for Revenues... Games are somewhere down the list below a considerable amount of other things
SniperControl  +   911d ago
TV being one of the top.
paul-p1988  +   911d ago
christocolus  +   911d ago
errrrm your hard earned money? it became theirs after exchanging cash for their services and actually its their hard earned money now and they will spend it a they deem fit.
christocolus  +   911d ago
i see nothing wrong with is spending over a billion on games and so far just some of these titles have been announced.phil spencer even hinted this recently stating that tgs and gamescom will have more announcements.spending on a tv series isnt do not expect them to pour all their cash into games do you?they are aiming for a wider audience and there are actually some tv series which have been running for a while now which ms and other partners actually sponsor..i guess this is the first time they are fully funding one...the problem is that most gamers want everything from ms and thats not possible.
mixelon  +   911d ago
This is the most random thing ever. It's nice that Blakes 7 is getting some love.. But Microsoft? Could microsoft's actions over the last 2 months have seen any more random?

I like it, they're so unpredictable!
WeaseL  +   910d ago
The only thing that could go wrong with this is Americanizing it like what happened to to Red Dwarf.

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