Xbox Live gets HD movies

Kiss goodbye to your local video shop, Microsoft's moving into the film rental market with HD downloads for Xbox Live.As of 22nd November Xbox 360 use

Kiss goodbye to your local video shop, Microsoft's moving into the film rental market with HD downloads for Xbox Live.As of 22nd November Xbox 360 users in the US will be able to download movies from the likes of Warner Bros (think Superman Returns) and Paramount Pictures (think Jackass). TV shows are also promised with programmes such as South Park and CSI:NY mentioned.The movie downloads will be available to keep for 14-days but once started will only remain active for 24 hours. Subsequent viewings after the 24-hour period will be charged for but the file won't have to be downloaded again - and there's no dashing to the video store at five to 11 to return it once you're done. TV downloads, on the other hand will be for keeps, but most won't be in high-def.There's no news yet on when we'll be able to use the service and also no hint of whether there'll be an option to upgrade the console's paltry 20GB hard drive to accommodate all these downloads. Pictures from the US launch show a 360 with a 70GB drive so perhaps something is round the corner.

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Xbox Live movie downloadsPrice: £TBA On sale: TBA (22 November in US)Contact: MicrosoftRelated stories:Xbox Live gets music vids