New Apple and Xbox Video Download Services

Two newer video services, however, offer benefits missing from such rivals as:'s Unbox and Netflix's online-viewing option. Microsoft's Xbox Live Marketplace video store (introduced in late 2006 and upgraded since) and the just-relaunched movie department of Apple's iTunes store let you rent movies without a computer, play them on an HDTV and view some of them in high definition. And, unlike Vudu's new video-download system, those offered by Apple and Microsoft run in familiar online stores and on affordable devices that do more than just download movies.

Apple's Apple TV media receiver (from $229) puts your computer's music, photo and video libraries on an HDTV. (Apple's service also works with its iTunes software for Mac OS X and Windows.) Microsoft's Xbox 360 - a model with a hard drive is required, from $350 - plays some of the most popular video games. Each costs less than a Blu-ray high-definition disc player.

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decapitator4003d ago (Edited 4003d ago )

I dont even think anybody bought none of these games seeing as how they are all shovelware.

Syko4003d ago

Well I had Yo Noid and Cool Spot (Was like Othello with Spots) on the NES. And I bought all three BK games just because I am a fan of the Whopper and they had 360 games for $4 I couldn't resist.

So I had 4 out of 7 if you're keeping score at home. =)

Jack Bauer4003d ago

they forgot the ronald mcdonald game! i still have it, it was a lot of fun to play back in the day ha.

cow moolester4003d ago





Just a summary of the comments to follow in the Open section....Come on Sony fanboys...your getting predictable!

Matsuiichi4003d ago

Wow, trying to pre-empt the Sony insult wave?

...You're an idiot.

hfaze4003d ago (Edited 4003d ago )

Is that both of them are 720p TOPS. If you're just a casual movie viewer, then either service would be fine for the occasional rental. Although most cable provider's Pay-Per-View system SMOKES both of them for speed of delivery... ;-)

However, if you want to own a copy of the movie in HD, then Blu-Ray is the only way to go. Especially after seeing the difference between 720p media and 1080p media. Over 1 million more pixels of definition...

There's more than enough room in the industry for both downloads/streaming movies and Blu-Ray. It will take a couple of years before Internet backbones and consumer Internet connections are fast enough to handle streaming Blu-Ray quality audio and video, and a few years after that before those fast connections start becoming common.

Which makes this article smell a bit like FUD to try and persuade consumers to not even bother with Blu-Ray...

uxo224003d ago

Funny you should say that, I felt the article did everything it could to show the cons of digital downloads. Especially when that gave the worst case scenarios for download times. As for watching a movie in 720 vs 1080i (Don't have 1080p) both look great to me. Also, watching a movie is a two hour event for me, and with the exception of pure classic movies only, I have no need to own a movie.

I made the mistake of buying movies (new releases) on DVD, now I have hundreds of them, and probably haven't watch 10 of them more than once. So as far as I'm concerned, 6 bucks for an HD movie (digital downloaded), watch it with the family and within 24 hrs it goes bye bye is fine with me. I'm almost sure I won't watch it again anyway. Once again unless it is one of my favorites, for which case I'd probably buy the DVD or BD for it. (Whichever is under 20 bucks.)

I currently own 1 BD movie since getting my PS3 and that is "Planet Earth" and I'll continue that trend, I will buy the BD if it is a must have movie. (Only found 1 so far.) Otherwise DD will do me just fine.

DJ4003d ago

"Blu-ray didn't win!" articles until 2009, when Blu-ray players are the same price as products like Xbox 360 and Apple TV. Actually, scratch that. We'll still see them, as there are still a lot of news sites that are biased against Blu-ray.

Either way, it's cheaper to have a Blu-ray player since it doesn't require high-speed internet, which costs hundreds of dollars a year to use, and doesn't have an annual fee like with Xbox Live. If you're not into high definition content though, Apple TV is the best choice. Wouldn't recommend a 360 for DLC, namely because a third of all 360s end up dying. Haven't heard of any reliability issues with the Apple TV hardware.

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