updated 03:00 pm EDT, Mon June 1, 2009
MS Zune Movies on Xbox
Microsoft today launched a range of changes to the Xbox 360's video features. Now rebranded as a Zune service, the former Xbox Video Marketplace will now provide videos in full 1080p and promises an "instant-on" feature that starts streaming videos almost immediately on faster connections. The extension will be available in all countries and should come along with an expansion of video rentals and purchases to 18 countries from the current 8.
As part of its video efforts, Microsoft also plans to improve the Netflix viewer by letting owners find movies and modify the streaming queue directly. British viewers will have access to Sky TV, including live viewing and a program guide. Viewers of most any service will have the option of watching as part of a group of Xbox Live friends.
Music is arriving on Xbox Live in the form of Last.fm streaming that can be sorted by artist or genre.
Most of these features should be available by the fall.