Microsoft and ESPN have signed an agreement to add full-length games, television shows and video game programming to Xbox Live, the online Xbox 360 platform.
Through this agreement, users can purchase full-length NCAA college football and basketball games, Summer X Games 13, World Series of Poker, The Contender and Madden Nation at the Xbox Live Marketplace.
Xbox 360 users can buy standard-definition versions of select NCAA games for $3, and high-definition versions for $4.50 within 48 hours of the game’s conclusion. ESPN TV can be accessed on the Xbox Live download site, costing $2 for standard-definition and $3 for high-definition versions.
This agreement embodies our mission to deliver the best sports content to fans, and does it through an exciting and robust platform that reaches millions of people. said Matt Murphy, senior vice president of digital video distribution at Disney and ESPN Media Networks.
Xbox live currently offers more than 3,200 hours of content from more than 30 studios and networks through the Xbox Live Marketplace.
In November 2006, Microsoft Xbox launched its on-demand, pay-per-view movie and television service with 48 movies and TV episodes available through the Xbox Live Marketplace. Microsoft partnered with Disney to offer the animated and full-feature films via the download service.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates