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Xbox 360 gold subscribers to get free movies

by Steven Williamson on 14 July 2008, 20:30

Tags: Xbox 360, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Xbox 360

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Free movies, now that's what we're talking about

Microsoft has revealed that it has teamed up with Netfix in a partnership that will allow Xbox live gold subscribers to stream movies on their Xbox 360's free of charge.

In addition, Microsoft has also revealed a deal with NBC- Universal which will see the studio's movie catalogue available for download and rent via the Xbox Video Marketplace. Included in the programmes available will be Heroes and The Office.

Associated Press reports :

The Netflix streaming service — which operates in addition to its DVD-by-mail program — offers 10,000 movies and TV shows. Microsoft's Xbox had movies available before, but not nearly as many. This expansion is key in helping Microsoft compete with Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3, because gaming consoles are becoming entertainment hubs with movies, videos and music.

If you're currently a subscriber to Netfix, you'd be foolish not to rush out and grab yourself an Xbox 360!

Read the press release overleaf.

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