New wave of Xbox Live video coming

A&E, Paramount, National Geographic Channel, and New Line Cinema content top freshest batch of downloadable films and television on Marketplace.


Today, Microsoft took the wraps off the Xbox 360 Elite, a deluxe version of its popular console. Simultaneously, it also announced a new wave of Xbox Live Marketplace video content to pack the new console's 120GB hard drive, though it did not reveal scheduling specifics.

The latest batch of video comes courtesy of several companies from both film and television. New Line Cinema, already an XBLM video partner, will make more movies available, including Snakes on a Plane, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, and Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny. The Time Warner subsidiary will also offer more of its back catalog, including '90s staples like Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Magnolia.

Fugitives from the law might get a kick from another XBLM video supplier, A&E. The formerly highfalutin network will offer several members of its broadly appealing current lineup, including Dog the Bounty Hunter, King of Cars, Driving Force, Criss Angel Mindfreak, and Gene Simmons Family Jewels.

For those more prone to the outdoors, the service will soon feature several new offerings from the National Geographic Channel. Episodes from the series Is It Real and Taboo will be available on the service, in addition to specials like Air Force One and 21 Days to Baghdad.

Anime fans will also shortly be able to download programs from ADV Films, although no particular titles were named by Microsoft. The final partner is TotalVid, an extreme action sports channel that focuses on such invigorating and death-defying pastimes as snowboarding, skateboarding, motocross, surfing, and mountain biking.

Paramount Pictures will also be releasing a wave of new high-definition feature films on XBLM, including Braveheart, Team America: World Police, World Trade Center, and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. They will be joined by Warner Bros. direct-to-video releases such as Sublime and Babylon 5: The Lost Tales.

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