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Microsoft Bets Big on Original Xbox Programming
Microsoft Bets Big on Original Xbox Programming

By Derrik J. Lang
April 30, 2014 9:31AM

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Original shows are coming to the Xbox this year, but it remains to be seen how each Xbox series will be available, either as part of the $5-a-month Xbox Live subscription, individually, or available for free through ad partnerships. An Xbox Originals app will be added to the console, but each new series might be differently distributed.
 



When it comes to original programming, Microsoft is going to throw it at the Xbox and see what sticks. After nearly two years since launching a studio to create new shows to be streamed on Xbox consoles, Microsoft is finally ready to serve an assorted helping of original programming this summer for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. However, viewers shouldn't expect Xbox Originals, as they're called, to be available the same way that content is provided on Netflix and Hulu.

"We don't necessarily know what approach will work, and we don't necessarily know what approach won't work," noted Nancy Tellem, the president of Xbox Entertainment Studios during a recent press preview of Xbox Originals at Microsoft's offices in Santa Monica, California.

The event was organized by Microsoft ahead of the company's presentation Monday at the "newfronts" in New York -- a digital take on the annual "upfronts," where broadcast and cable networks unveil their upcoming schedules for advertisers. Others set to participate in this week's "newfronts" include Hulu, Crackle, Maker, AOL and Yahoo!

Tellem, who previously was president of CBS Entertainment, said no decisions have been made as to how each Xbox series will be available -- either as part of the $5-a-month Xbox Live subscription, for sale individually or available for free through advertising partnerships. She said an Xbox Originals app would be added to the consoles' user interface, and each new Xbox series might be differently distributed.

Among the shows coming to Xbox this year are the street soccer docu-series "Every Street United," which will be the first to debut in July, and the six-part tech-centric documentary series "Signal to Noise." The first installment -- "Atari: Game Over" -- chronicles this past weekend's excavation of a landfill thought to be filled with copies of Atari's infamous "E.T." game.

The studio previously announced it was working on a live-action series based on the "Halo" sci-fi video game, with filmmaker Steven Spielberg serving as an executive producer, as well as a multi-part "Halo" movie to be executive produced by Ridley Scott, similar to "Forward Unto Dawn," a "Halo"-based Internet series released alongside the last "Halo" game.

Xbox has also partnered with U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 to co-produce an eight-episode series called "Humans," an English version of a Swedish show set in a world where robotic servants exist to serve their human owners. Microsoft said casting on "Humans" will begin next month and production on the hour-long episodes will commence this summer. (continued...)

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