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NEWS: Blockbuster movies coming to Xbox LIVE in high definition this spring

The death of HD DVD may have left Microsoft and some Xbox 360 owners licking their wounds, but all is not lost. Paramount Pictures has signed a deal with Microsoft to make its library of films available via the Xbox LIVE Marketplace video store.

All Xbox 360 owners connected to Xbox LIVE can now download to rent both high-definition and standard-definition films from Paramount.

Standard-definition films will cost from as little as 250 Microsoft points (£2), while high-def films will cost 380 points (£3.20).

Robin Burrowes, Xbox LIVE marketing manager UK, says: "We are really happy to be able to welcome Paramount to Xbox LIVE Marketplace in the UK. This announcement gives our Video Store customers in the UK an even greater choice of entertainment with a great level of HD movie quality."

Films coming to the Xbox video store this spring include:

  • Transformers (SD + HD)
  • Goodbye Bafana (SD + HD)
  • 1408 (SD + HD)
  • Disturbia (SD + HD)
  • Hot Rod (SD + HD)
  • A Mighty Heart (SD + HD)
  • Heartbreak Kid (SD + HD)
  • Stardust (SD + HD)
  • In to the Wild (SD + HD)
  • Intersection (SD)
  • Primal Fear (SD)
  • Clear and Present Danger (SD)
  • Naked Gun 2 1/2 (SD)
  • Naked Gun 33 1/3 (SD)
  • Top Secret! (SD)
  • Bug (SD)
  • Hardball (SD)
  • The Phantom (SD)
  • Orange County (SD)
Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.