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Glitch for Xbox on-demand

Microsoft's launch of on-demand movies and TV delivered through the Xbox 360 was met with glitches and complaints. Available only in the US, the service allowed Xbox owners to purchase standard and HD content through the Xbox Live Marketplace online store.
January 1, 2007

Microsoft’s launch of on-demand movies and TV delivered through the Xbox 360 was met with glitches and complaints. Available only in the US, the service allowed Xbox owners to purchase standard and HD content through the Xbox Live Marketplace online store.

Earlier in May, Microsoft tested the server’s ability by offering a free download of HD clips from a doc on the making of Gears of War, a popular action game. But November 22 – the console’s first anniversary and the day that purchasing began – was fraught with problems. Xbox users didn’t receive the films they bought, and downloading was excruciatingly slow. Since this was the first instance of a game console offering this kind of service, Microsoft was not prepared for the intense demand it was met with on its launch. The HD content’s large size was also cited as one of the causes for long wait times. Microsoft has been working to fix the problems and said it will offer refunds.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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