Xbox Entertainment Studios is deep in negotiations with Showtime to develop a live-action “Halo” drama series that is a high priority for the Microsoft production unit headed by Nancy Tellem.
I'm lost...wouldn't this be bad for Microsoft...it would be yet another reason not to convice people to get an xbox one @ naga I'm not trying to be negative...I'm just saying that why would they allow it to be on tv....they could have just let it release on show time and also be included on the xbox system....I just don't see how original tv shows that will also be on tv networks can be a selling point....
How do you figure that would be? Is it the part where they get a major network to carry a Spielberg-produced adaptation of their exclusive blockbuster franchise and drum up hype? Or is it the part where they use television to reach people who might not own an Xbox One?
I'm guessing he means in the sense you won't need an Xbox to watch the show if you have Showtime.
Majority of people will buy an Xbox one to play halo not watch it. How many things are they doing with halo so far because it seems like quite a fair bit.
@ Kayant So far, we have: - An announced next-gen Halo game. - An announced Spielberg live-action Halo series. - An announced Ridley Scott digital feature. - A rumored re-make of Halo 2. Unless you want to count "Cortana" for Windows, I think that's it for now. Though we can probably expect to see a lot more when E3 finally rolls around; they are likely planning to go all-out in capitalizing on this franchise. @ Lawboy "....they could have just let it release on show time and also be included on the xbox system..." They are. The report suggests that it would air on both Showtime and the Xbox: "The deal with Showtime has taken a long time to work out because the sides are charting new territory for a show designed to air on Showtime as well as Xbox, with enhanced interactivity built in for the latter platform."
Thanks for the summary that's a lot of halo XB1 is getting :p well it's not surprising given it's MS's most loved and successful franchise.
Considering Halo story is boring I'm in agreement with Lawboy. And no that's not an opinion that's the general consensus. Say you don't play video games much it won't convince you to play a hardcore FPS game on the X1.
Its true. Of u could watch Game of thrones on cbs, u wouldnt pay for HBO. Its not like all the hype and publicity would make someone go out and buy an xbone. The only way it works is if they both get a cut...regardless of where its watched.
Well if they make the halo series only viewable on xbox, it's clear mostly halo fans and gamers who already own an xbox will watch it, and those people will be buying halo games regardless. There's not much benefit in that. Think of the tv show as an advertisement for the franchise and ultimately for the halo games and xbox. If it's on regular network and it's good, it'll attract more outside audience towards halo and xbox, well that seems like the plan. The only thing that could maybe work both ways is if they air the episodes on xbox first and later on showtime.
@lawboy2 completely agree. Seems to me like MS are chickening out on the whole TV thing by looking for partners. IMO this makes the whole thing pointless.
They are partnering with xbox studios on the halo series, so does this mean they may be co-producing the series with ms? Show time has some great shows i like and they have some really good producers. Hope this partnership results in something nice.
i dont have showtime :( couchtuner for me it is
Yes! Showtime has some great series.... 1. Dexter 2. Ray Donovan 3. House Of Lies 4. Californication Which means this show will air on Showtime as well as Xbox, for viewers who don't own an xbox360/XB1. The benefit to watching the show on the xbox is the enhanced interactivity built in, similar to how they plan on making Quantum Break an interactive series as well. Some interesting things brewing at Microsoft.
You forgot Homeland, and starting next sunday Penny Dreadful. I'm not a Xbox fan by any means (PS fan) but I would totally watch a Showtime show adaptation of Halo. Would be awesome. Great universe.
Sucks that I just cancelled my Showtime subscription...oddly enough, I didn't see much of a reason to keep it. Here's to hoping Netflix (and other services) gets it down the line too.
Or you can just watch it on Xbox.
Why would MS only put the show on the Xbox One? A company actually likes to earn money instead of losing it, if you all didn't know. Also, i'm pretty sure you may get some type of special acess to the show if you're on the xbox one, but just my opinion.
Why wouldn't they just put it on Xbox one. Incentive to switch
This will be a win-win for both sides if this is a success. The main demographic of gold members are mainly young men 19-22 if the show turns out to be good microsoft could end up having people subscribe just for the shows alone and retain more memberships while also adding more which in turn would lead to more compelling shows/bigger budgets for the consumer.
Wow great news, did not expect Showtime to acquire this.
Halo is one of my favorite shooters and franchises of all time. I enjoyed the live action Forward Unto Dawn web series and I can only see greatness with an adult friendly Showtime adaptation. HBO has Game Of Thrones and now Showtime/XBL will have Halo.
Well obviously Showtime likes what they have seen and what they are making. This could mean big things for Microsoft as a whole. In order for Showtime to partner with this they would need some exclusivity to bring people to showtime. More subscribers and in return MS gets to drum up some interest for not only the show but their Xbox One platform. Seems like a win win for both. Obviously something like a show deserves a wider audience of people and I am not sure just putting it on Xbox would be the right move. I am pretty sure that Showtime wouldn't air something they were not satisfied with either. So this is good news possibly for the franchise and fans of the Halo-verse. One thing is for sure. They WILL be talking about it at E3. Not sure they have footage yet but that would be pretty cool. Although the idea of seeing a drama with a guy that never takes his helmet off might be weird.
I don't care about the "Selling xbox1's," Aspect of this I am more interested in how they are going with the story of Halo. Where are they going to start? Reach? Pre contact? John's kidnapping? Right into slip jump to Halo? What rating is this going to be? PG? PG13? R? How mature will the show be? Will it be like Spartacus or more toned down like Falling Sky? The Machinama Forward Unto Dawn was pretty well done, but if they do a Halo series they really need to put John as the lead. I think if they do that and make it very gritty with the 1st season finale as the fall of Reach they could really get alot of hype into Halo 6 and Halo 2 anniversary. They might even get some casuals like parents/women that aren't into games to watch it and enjoy it for the story. They can either make this series really really good or flounder tremendously.
I think people should give Xbox TV a chance, it's not even available yet and people are saying Microsoft should be concentrating more on games. Xbox TV is a different department to Xbox games and I don't see why it can't be a success. I'll certainly be watching the shows as I love watching TV!
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