Anime and extreme sports coming to the Xbox Live Video Marketplace

By Spencer . March 27, 2007 . 9:51pm

Microsoft announced a set of new partners joining the Xbox Live Video Marketplace.


A&E Network. “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” “King of Cars,” “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” “Driving Force” and “Criss Angel Mindfreak”


ADV Films. Top offerings from the No. 1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation (“anime”) outside Japan.


National Geographic. The television series “Is It Real?” and “Taboo” as well as programs such as “21 Days to Baghdad” and “Air Force One” A broad action-sports offering including extreme skiing and snowboarding, skateboarding, motocross, surfing and mountain biking


ADV holds the rights to series like Kino’s Journey, D.N.Angel, RahXephon, and Neon Genesis Evangelion. If ADV Films plans to bring “top offerings” to the video marketplace Evangelion seems like a shoe in. Other TV shows cost 160 Microsoft Points ($2) per episode and if ADV’s shows follow the same standard pricing this could be a cheap solution for purchasing anime.


In the movie section Paramount Pictures plans to release HD films for download. Braveheart, Team America: World Police, World Trade Center and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut were listed. Also Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release direct-to-video movies in HD the same time that they are released on DVD. Sublime and Babylon 5: The Lost Tales have been announced. The HD movies are a nice addition, but to really start collecting them you’re going to need the 120 GB hard drive and patience while you’re sitting through the download.

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  • Sariah

    I wouldn’t say that this would be as great of an alternative for anime as it’s made out to be. Just as an example, let’s take Neon Genesis Evangelion, and let’s go to, since it’s a fairly popular site (even though there’s cheaper out there). There price for the Platinum edition, which has all 26 episodes is $67.98, which equates to about $2.50 a pop. This also includes extras, including commentaries, art, etc., and comes on DVD…which can be used in your 360, or DVD player, or PS3, or….whatever, unlike 360 downloads, which are exclusive to the 360.

    A lot of somewhat older fogeys (myself included), tend to occasionally fall into the trap of assuming that anime is insanely expensive, since we were used to spending so much when it wasn’t quite as popular in the U.S. That’s not the case anymore, and it’s become a much easier hobby to deal with (at least pocketbook-wise).

  • Aoshi00

    For movies, I would just use Netflix or pick up the DVDs for those worth collecting. I’m impatient sitting thru downloads of demos and trailers on my PS3, let alone movies. Of course I don’t have the money to blow on the bigger 120 Gb Hard drive at the moment either. Nice XBLive services though.

  • I shudder to think of what an HD Braveheart would do to a 20gb hard drive.

  • Symphony – I shudder too. No HD movies unless you’re getting the larger hard drive

    Sariah – You’ve got a point about Eva and the new thinpak DVD sets coming out. Anime is cheaper, but I sort of like how you can buy one episode for $2 before sinking in $20 or so for a DVD or $60 for a boxset.

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