Xbox 360 to Deliver High-Definition TV Shows and Movies to Gamers

Xbox
360 Teams With CBS, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, Turner Broadcasting, UFC
and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to Digitally Deliver TV Shows and Movies to
Gamers
| Xbox 360 will become first
gaming console to offer downloads of over 1,000 hours of TV shows such as
“CSI,” “Robot Chicken” and “South Park,” and movies such as “V for Vendetta”
and “Nacho Libre.”

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 6, 2006 — Microsoft
Corp. today announced agreements with CBS, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures,
Turner Broadcasting System Inc. (TBS Inc.), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to bring an initial lineup of over 1,000
hours of hit TV shows and movies to Xbox 360™ gamers in the U.S. by the end of
the year. Furthermore, Xbox 360 will be the first gaming console to bring
standard and high-definition TV shows and movies via digital distribution over
the Internet directly to the consumer.

Beginning Nov. 22, on its first anniversary, Xbox 360 will
be the first gaming console in history to provide high-definition TV shows and
movies directly to gamers in their living rooms. Xbox 360 gamers will have
access to the full-length TV shows as downloads to own and movies to rent via
download from the Xbox Live® network, the worldwide leader in online
distribution of high-definition gaming and entertainment content. This announcement
also brings with it several additional “firsts”:

  • For
    the first time, consumers will get an integrated gaming and entertainment
    experience on a gaming console that includes downloadable high-definition
    TV shows and movies. This new full-length content adds to the
    ever-expanding number of choices gamers have on their Xbox 360, whether
    they want to play games or play a movie on a disc or as a download in high
    definition or standard definition.
  • For
    the first time CBS will deliver high-definition download-to-own TV shows
    including “CSI,” “Jericho,”
    “Numb3rs” and remastered “Star Trek” episodes; gamers can buy them and
    watch them repeatedly.
  • For
    the first time on any platform, NASCAR.COM will deliver download-to-own
    condensed versions of select NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races from “Race
    Rewind.”
  • For the
    first time, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will make 50 of its most
    intense fights available for download as well as select episodes from the
    original season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series.

“This groundbreaking announcement is a win for everyone,”
said Peter Moore, corporate vice president of the Interactive Entertainment Business
at Microsoft. “It connects our partners with one of the most coveted audiences
in entertainment today, and provides even greater value to our Xbox Live
community, allowing them to enjoy the games and entertainment they want, when
they want it.”

The initial lineup of TV shows available for download to own and feature
films available for download to rent will include a growing catalog of popular
hits. Examples of content that will be available on the network by the end of
year include the following:

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