Microsoft are pushing on-line downloads
Perhaps Michael Bay was spot on when he said that Microsoft were pushing online downloads over Blu-ray and HD-DVD, you'd certainly think so after today's announcement.
MGM and Microsoft have signed a deal to make fifty classic films available on the XBox Live service for download, and by classics we mean the James Bond franchise, The Silence of the Lambs and Rocky.
The announcement through The Hollywood Reporter also says that additional television series will be joining XBox Live, series such as Desperate Housewives, Nightline, and Hannah Montana.
Now for someone who was pushing HD-DVD over Blu-ray that's an interesting deal. It might well put pay to rumours of an HD-DVD drive being included in the next release of XBox hardware, but it could mean another blow for the HD-DVD group, albeit a very small one.
I must admit that I've looked at downloading films on the XBox Live service, but since you can download only to the hard drive and there's no apparent way to back them up and watch them elsewhere, I'd be a bit concerned.
I've suffered from the red rings of death and had to send my XBox away for weeks on end to be repaired, now if I had my films on there I'd be kind of stuck, and at the mercy of others as to whether or not they stay on there.
Not that I'm being negative towards Microsoft, but if there's one thing about Windows, you must back up, and I'd want my films backed up on disc for piece of mind.
I wonder if we'll see something writeable in the near future, and with the recent Blu-ray defections of Warner Bros. And New Line, I wonder if they'll be adding a Blu-ray drive soon?
We do know that the Playstation 3 will be bringing films to their online offering soon, and when it does that will bring the might of Sony's back catalogue to the machine.