With its Xbox Live Marketplace, Microsoft is fighting to make sure Apple’s iTunes doesn’t become the de-facto service for downloadable movies and TV shows. To ensure this, the bad boys from Redmond will add TV shows from MTV’s Logo network (on June 11) and Country Music Television (on June 6). (Logo airs programming for the LGBT crowd, while CMT airs programming for backwater hicks.) Starting on June 12 anime fans can download ADV Films content, including “Samurai 7” and Akira, a movie I saw once and had no idea what happened. Nor do I understand why it’s so popular.
There’s even a couple more high def movies on the way in June, one of which, Pan’s Labyrinth, I actually enjoyed. Who knew?
Xbox Live Marketplace [Microsoft]