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Post by Dan @ 10:36am 16/12/13 | 4 Comments
At Variety's recent 'Dealmakers breakfast' event in Los Angeles, the film and television publication spoke with Nancy Tellem -- a former TV executive who is now the President of Entertainment and Digital Media at Microsoft -- about the company's venture into original TV programming on the Xbox platform, reportedly confirming that the first of its new shows will start screening over Xbox Live on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 in early 2014 (thanks VG247).
“We’re hoping we will be able to put something up in the first quarter, at minimum second quarter,” said Tellem

...“I’m incredibly ambitious and impatient,” said Tellem, who took the job to produce original content for the Xbox platform in 2012. Because of that, the time it’s taken to develop the first slate of series, including a high-profile project based around “Halo,” with Steven Spielberg producing, has been “slower,” but “reflecting on what we’ve done and what lies ahead, it’s been pretty good.”

...“We aren’t Netflix, we aren’t Amazon, we’re a different animal,” she said. “We’re neither or we’re a little like them. It all depends. The lack of black and white and this is the template and this is what we’re following is very difficult. As we continue to do deals everyone’s going to get more comfortable.”

...And when it comes to original programming, “we’re trying to focus on whether it’s only on Xbox or best on Xbox,” Tellem said, referring to exclusive series or interactive features added to NFL broadcasts, for example.

But if a show “doesn’t resonate, interactive features won’t matter,” Tellem said.
The highest profile original programming in the works is obviously the Stephen Speilberg produced Halo project announced during E3, but there has also been talk of interactive NFL football programming and Alan Wake/Max Payne developer Remedy Entertainment's upcoming Xbox One exclusive game will have a transmedia scripted drama offering also expected to be delivered over the new service.












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Mass
Posted 12:24pm 16/12/13
Been a few rumours floating around about potentials for their network. Revivals of Blake's 7 and Heroes was among them.
Denthor
Posted 01:32am 17/12/13
Has anyone heard on regional issues with this? Ie is it aired/available at the same time? are we price gauged, or is there even any additional cost excluding a live sub? I've heard very little on the media shite ms is planning to introduce - even less for non us residences.

I only ask as Netflix still won't allow you to view anything of theirs (aware of proxies, but jumping through hoops to legally purchase something at a fair price is pretty farking ridiculous imo). Instead they opted to go through foxtel which airs it on showcase - so min sub is $75 p/m or something equally absurd.

I swear they have dinosaurs running these media companies - they are just so out of touch with the current generation and how they consume media. Its no wonder people turn to piracy even if you do have a foxtel subscription or purchase blurays - illegal copies are more convenient (no drm, universal format, no ads, play at anytime, digital library), better quality (ex. bluray copies) and generally available quicker. It would be nice if someone with a bit of financial clout and installed user base dropped regional lockouts and instead started charging at a global price per episode and seeing how it goes.
Moridin
Posted 08:22am 17/12/13
100% Agree.

Looking in Xbox video $50.99 for ONE season of what ever show say big bang theory HD for example. If it was $5 - $10 i'd probably just buy it. Instead i'll go downstairs and d/l three seasons in an hour chuck it on a USB and off we go.
Khel
Posted 12:10pm 17/12/13
I think I remember them saying it'd just be included in a Live membership? But I could be imagining that. I hope so though, that'd be a huge value add (if we get it over here)
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