Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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TV Shows on Xbox Live: The Future Is Here

Forget iTunes. Microsoft makes it's first foray into television content distribution with a full-length episode of Battlestar Galactica.

Now, listen up Microsoft. You have a golden opportunity to make some serious inroads on subscription-based entertainment here. Don't f%^$ it up.

Here's what I want from an Xbox TV Service:

  • Downloading: I'm not going to wait 45 minutes to start watching a TV show. Spend two minutes downloading a buffer and then let me start watching. You guys can fix this.
  • Schedules: Let me subscribe to a series and automatically download every new show that is available.
  • Pricing: Each show should be less than $1.99 a piece. There is no way in hell that I'm going to pay $45+ for the "priviledge" of watching a complete series on my computer. I can pay that much for the DVD, and they're no physical media or distribution costs. Gimme a break. 75 Points a piece would make them $0.94 USD a pop. That sounds fair.
  • Portability: Let me transfer it to any computer on my home network. Let me compress it and watch it on my Zune device. This would mean that I don't have to worry about the hard drive space on my 360. With Xbox Live Anywhere, this is completely doable.
  • Media Center: Make it compatible with Vista Media Center so it shows up on my Recorded TV list.
  • Sharing: Let me see what people on my friends list are watching.

That's what I want from Microsoft. What would you want?



  • bfairchild said:
    Provide a like service where it will suggest other shows that might be of interest based on the shows you have been watching.

    Also, provide a way to allow both fee based shows and ad supported shows. I don't mind a little advertising every once and a while.
    August 28, 2006 2:55 PM
  • openarrow said:
    Don't abandon non-US users like iTunes does! Bring these TV episodes to Canada, UK, and other markets. Without Canadian availability, I'm totally left out
    August 28, 2006 3:30 PM
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