Xbox Live Video 101 (pretty pictures included)

Welcome to the circus... we've got fun and games...

For those who are still wondering about the entire hullabaloo known as the Xbox Live Video Marketplace, then here’s something that you might want to check out, as the friendly people over at Engadget have all obliged us with a short lesson on how the thing works. So, on with the lesson.

Of course, it all begins with the Media blade on your 360. If one would notice, the new tab “Movies and Movie Trailers” has been added to the range of choices, and selecting this tab will bring up a selection of downloadables, which in this case happens to be ATL and V for Vendetta. Selecting a title lets you see a short description of the movie, the rating, its length, as well as its cost in MS points for either its HD version or the Standard version (oddly enough, in this case, downloading the HD version gets you the standard version free). Still not sure if you want this download? Then there’s a preview option which would allow you to view a short clip of the film.

Media Blade 1Ooh... what's this?Choices, choices...

Read the rest of the article and view the whole series of photos after the Jump!

Welcome to the circus... we've got fun and games...

For those who are still wondering about the entire hullabaloo known as the Xbox Live Video Marketplace, then here’s something that you might want to check out, as the friendly people over at Engadget have all obliged us with a short lesson on how the thing works. So, on with the lesson.

Of course, it all begins with the Media blade on your 360. If one would notice, the new tab “Movies and Movie Trailers” has been added to the range of choices, and selecting this tab will bring up a selection of downloadables, which in this case happens to be ATL and V for Vendetta. Selecting a title lets you see a short description of the movie, the rating, its length, as well as its cost in MS points for either its HD version or the Standard version (oddly enough, in this case, downloading the HD version gets you the standard version free). Still not sure if you want this download? Then there’s a preview option which would allow you to view a short clip of the film.

Also, right before downloading, the user will be warned about the 14-day rental period, as well as how large the file is. From the pictures, the HD version of V for Vendetta is a whopping 6.07GB.

Care for some TV episodes instead? Then choose your channel, CBS in this instance, and choose from several titles that they have. Then, just pick which episode you want and start downloading. Easy as pie, right?

Of course, there are still some loose ends with this particular service which Microsoft needs to tie up, such as the pricing of the movies and episodes. Apparently, the prices that we see in the photos are merely placeholders and are yet to be finalized, so until any further announcements are made, the actual prices are still anyone’s guess.

In the meantime, let’s revel in the fact that the original Star Trek series is being remastered for HD viewing and will also be up for download on XBLVM soon enough. And THAT alone is enough to make some people like me patronize the service, no matter what Karakker has got to say about it.

Media Blade 1Ooh... what's this?Choices, choices...
...and a selection is made.Or not.And very verily the video is viewed.
Boo-yah!!Oh vey! Only 14 days with V!Hmm... maybe some TV...
Loading... loading...It's Grissom time!Which one?
HD or SD? Would you like fries with that?Is that your final answer?ZOMG! Star Trek in high-def!
Robot Chicken... and there we go. Thank you and goodnight.

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