Microsoft signs Guild charter

Cult World of Warcraft show The Guild to be distributed via Xbox Live; more Red vs Blue also promised.

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It's been two years since Microsoft first started offering Xbox 360 owners access to online video content through the Xbox Live Video Marketplace, and the service was recently expanded in the US with the Redmond firm's much-touted partnership deal with video-rental service Netflix. The partnership was announced at E3 and is even now available in HD.

Guild host Felicia Day.

Just in time for Halloween this year, the first content produced specifically for the platform went live: Janitor, a 9.5-minute homage to 1980s slasher movies, directed by John Clisham. Now a new deal has been signed to premiere the second series of online cult-hit show The Guild, as well as a number of other independently produced Web shows.

The Guild's second series is being distributed exclusively via Xbox Live from today forward, with the first series available via the service as well as through the show's Web site. Created by Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along), who also stars in the show, The Guild follows the fictional online and offline tribulations of a small World of Warcraft Guild, The Knights of the Good. It won the 2007 YouTube award for Best Series, as well as a 2008 Yahoo video award.

Although initially Microsoft confirmed the series only for the US, Xbox Live's Major Nelson last night confirmed that the series would be available worldwide..

The Independent Video Channel also features Red vs Blue, with the first two series currently available for download. Seasons three and four of the Halo machinima project are promised "soon," according to Microsoft. The package is rounded off by offerings due this year from Blind Ferret Entertainment and The Jace Hall show.

Discussion

32 comments
snokdruid
snokdruid

the second series being distributed excluseively via xbox live from today forward? You are making a show about a PC game only available to download from a 360. Wow.....

Mr_Unko
Mr_Unko

btw, the guild is a series about a group of people who play wow together but the setting is outside of the game. I don't believe there was even one in-game shot during the first season. just to clarify to some.

Mr_Unko
Mr_Unko

Awesome! I loved watching the first season of the guild, but if I'm going to have to pay to download the second season on xbox live, i'll just stick with youtube.

DPhunkT
DPhunkT

How about they 1 up the situation by putting WOW on 360? As difficult as it sounds.

Vorodor21
Vorodor21

The Guild is actually a pretty funny series. It doesn't actually call out WoW by name (though it does imply). The whole show is about a group of people in a guild on a nameless MMO. It's more about the people and some of the crazy stuff they get into.

Scooter_6_7
Scooter_6_7

What does this have anything to do with Halo 3: Recon. I also have RVB on my iPod. By the way, where can you download whole seasons?

HIM-Jimmy-AvA
HIM-Jimmy-AvA

Red Vs Blue is beast!! I have it on my ipod :]

cjdaweasel
cjdaweasel

"It won the 2007 YouTube award for Best Series" Isn't that like being the smartest roach in a roach motel?

V-Nine
V-Nine

..cool, still remeber the RvB ep when Sarge went on a "killing spree"(lol)...Didnt know bout a WOW version...

blackace
blackace

Is it FREE? I haven't watched Red & Blue or The Janitor yet. May check them out if they are cheap. I'm not paying $8 for a 10 min short. $2 or less for most of this stuff may not be bad.

CharlieFubar
CharlieFubar

oooh lets watch people grind to level 60....

tonyleo01
tonyleo01

Wow, that gotta be pretty big for them. I remembered watching the show on Youtube and it's pretty funny.

okassar
okassar

Red vs Blue is awesome:)It's like my favorite machinima,and it's pretty witty.

Larzarus1
Larzarus1

Hmmm, download RvB for 80G an episode or watch it for free online..... I love it to bits and I have donated to 'em but 80G each? Buy the dvd

funnysplay
funnysplay

I agree with darkwarrior. RvB cracks me up me more than family guy.

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

Red versus Blue. Oh yes I am totally going for that one. :D

DukeEdwardI
DukeEdwardI

i assume all of these would be free of charge seeing as how they are available online for free?

0_demo_0
0_demo_0

sweet RvsB coming to xbox live!!!! and world of warcraft series!!!! this is radical!

DarkWarrior42
DarkWarrior42

Red vs. Blue is more important than all the other news lol :P

The_Pig_Demon
The_Pig_Demon

I do like that Red vs. Blue... Haven't seen too many of the episodes though..

shemrom
shemrom

Movie and shows from the World of Warcraft coming to X-Box live-Lovely

Kh1ndjal
Kh1ndjal

interesting normally id be meh, but i know that Blind Ferret are pretty good

qweasd54
qweasd54

sry not too interested in those kind of movies xD