Xbox Live Marketplace adds video GLBT, anime offerings

Microsoft on Monday announced new television and movie content for Xbox Live Marketplace, including new Japanese anime that you can’t find on the iTunes Store.

Xbox Live Marketplace is the online repository of downloadable content for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 video game console. The company offers, to date, 7,000 pieces of gaming and entertainment for purchase and download through Xbox Live Marketplace — everything from full-length motion pictures to television shows and games, along with add-on packs for commercially released game titles.

Xbox Live Marketplace works using “Microsoft Points,” which can be purchased at retail or via Xbox Live. Unlike the iTunes Store, some movie content on Xbox Live Marketplace is available in High Definition (HD). Content can either be purchased to own, or, for a lesser fee, rented — the ability to play it back expires after a set period of time.

New to Xbox Live Marketplace this month is content from Logo, MTV Networks’ channel for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) audience, including the comedies “Wisecrack and and “The Big Gay Sketch Show” to dramas and other content.

Funimation began offering anime on the iTunes Store earlier this year, and now some of those same titles are available on Xbox Live Marketplace, including “Trinity Blood,” “Samurai 7,” “Gunslinger Girl” and “Basilisk.” What’s more, Geneon Entertainment, which is heretofore absent from the iTunes Store, will offer the anime classic “Akira” along with “Gun Sword,” “Last Exile,” “Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo” and “Lupin the 3rd.”

Plans are also in place to offer country music fans some content from Country Music Television and full-length feature films, including “Team America World Police,” “Dreamgirls,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Letters from Iwo Jima,” “Shooter” and “Black Snake Moan.”

Editor’s note: Due to a reporting error it was indicated that LOGO content was exclusive to Xbox Live Marketplace. That has been corrected.

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