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Unconfirmed reports claim that the upcoming Windows 8 operating system will allow users to play Xbox 360 games on their PCs.
According to InsiderIs sources, Xbox 360 on PC will have a subscription fee like Xbox Live, but online gaming will run on Windows Live Marketplace, meaning – at least initially – that PC users won’t be able to compete against console owners.
The site suggests an additional revenue stream and the chance to extend the current generation hardware lifespan are behind the move.
Microsoft has yet to announce an official release date for Windows 8, or the full feature set for the operating system, so take this all with a large pinch of salt for now.
Earlier this month, Microsoft announced plans to merge Xbox.com and Games For Windows Marketplace to create a one-stop-shop for players.
“Games For Windows Marketplace will fully transition over to Xbox.com,” it said. “Now you can get all of your gaming needs in one place. It’s convenient, it’s concentrated, and it’s a whole lot of great games.”
On April 26th, we learned that YouTube was “imminently” launching a VOD service. A little less than two weeks later, that service is going live. Starting later today, YouTube will be releasing approximately 3,000 new titles from Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, and Lionsgate. Some of the films available for rental include Goodfellas, Scarface, Caddyshack, Inception, and The King’s Speech. New release will cost $3.99 to rent and library titles will cost $2.99. For most movies, viewers will have 30 days to watch their rentals and then 24 hours to finish the movie once they begin watching. Most movies will be available for rent in standard definition only.Hit the jump for the full press release and FAQ. Click here later today to check out the new rental releases.
Here’s the press release and FAQ:Get more into movies on YouTube
Here at YouTube, we can’t get enough video. When it comes to movies, we’re just as excited: YouTube hosts a great selection of movie trailers and showcases a variety of independent films in our Screening Room; last year we announced the ability to rent movies from Sundance Film Festival; and this year at Sundance we premiered Life in a Day, a documentary film about a single day on earth filmed by thousands of YouTube users, produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald.
Today, we’re announcing another step in our goal to bring more of the video you love to YouTube: the addition of thousands of full-length feature films from major Hollywood studios available to rent in the US at youtube.com/movies. In addition to the hundreds of free movies available on the site since 2009, you will be able to find and rent some of your favorite films. From memorable hits and cult classics like Caddyshack, Goodfellas, Scarface, and Taxi Driver to blockbuster new releases like Inception, The King’s Speech, Little Fockers, The Green Hornet and Despicable Me. Movies are available to rent at industry standard pricing, and can be watched with your YouTube account on any computer. The new titles will begin appearing later today and over the coming weeks to www.youtube.com/movies, so keep checking back.
But your movie experience won’t begin and end with a single film. With 35 hours of video uploaded every minute to YouTube, there’s a sea of content that can add to your movie experience. Many movie pages feature YouTube Movie Extras — free behind-the-scenes videos, cast interviews, parodies, clips and remixes from YouTube’s unique community of content creators. Movie pages also showcase reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, so you’ll see feedback from critics before you decide what movie to get into. Over time we’ll also be adding additional videos and features to YouTube Movie Extras so that you can get even more into movies on YouTube.
Camille Hearst, Product Marketing Manager, recently watched 300
and Matt Darby, Product Manager, recently watched YouTube Movie Extras for Reservoir Dogs
Q. What are some of the new studios you’re partnering with?
A. NBC Universal, Sony Pictures and Warner Brothers.
Q. How many films have you added and how many total movies are now available on YouTube?
A. We have added a total of approximately 3,000 new titles including catalog and new releases from Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, NBCUniversal, Lionsgate Films and many great independent studios. This brings the total number of movie titles available to rent on YouTube to over 6,000.
Q. Where and when will the additional movie titles begin appearing on YouTube?
A. Movies for rent will be available at www.youtube.com/movies and new titles will begin appearing to users today and be added throughout the week.
Q. Where are the new movies located and when will they be available on the site?
A. The new movies are located at www.youtube.com/movies and will start appearing at that destination throughout the day.
Q. How many total studios are now represented at YouTube.com/movies and what are they?
A. Studio partners include Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate Films, Starz,The Weinstein Company, and Magnolia Pictures, among others.
Q. How much will the movies for rent cost?
A. Movies are set at industry standard pricing (i.e. most new releases start at $3.99 and library start at $2.99).
Q. How long will a consumer have a movie once he or she has purchased it?
A. For most movies, viewers will have 30 days to begin watching their rental. Once they start watching the movie they will typically have 24 hours to finish.
Q. What transaction service are you using?
A. The service accepts all major credit cards.
Q. Will movies for rent be available at the same time as DVD releases?
A. It’s always up to the content owner, however, many movies will be available at the same time as DVD releases.
Q. Is this a subscription service?
A. No, this is a transaction offering.
Q. Are the movies downloaded, or streamed?
Q. Is this global?
A. No. This service is available to US YouTube users only.
Q. Do you need a YouTube account to purchase a movie for rent?
Q. Will YouTube movies for rent be available on Google TV?
A. Yes, these will be available via the browser (www.youtube.com) on Google TV.
Q. Can rented movies be shared or embedded into other sites including blogs, Facebook and Twitter?
A. Users can embed movies on other sites. If a user who has not rented the movie views the embedded video, the embedded player will show the movie’s trailer along with an overlay that users can click on to rent the full movie.
Q. Is the content in HD?
A. YouTube supports video in up to 4k resolution, however, it is up to our partners to specify what video quality they provide. Most movies for rent will be available in standard definition.
Q. What is unique about the YouTube Movie experience?
A. Movies on YouTube are about providing a complete movie experience. With YouTube Movie Extras movie fans can get more into their favorite films through cast interviews, clips, alternate movie endings and other highly produced content from talented YouTube partners. YouTube reaches one of the largest and most engaged online audiences in the world, with hundreds of millions of views a day in the US alone.
However, dangers do exist and it is important for kids and parents to be aware of these dangers and to know how to stay safe online.
This article features practical advice for both kids and parents.
Advice for Kids
The Internet is full of interesting web sites and is a great way to meet new friends across the world who share your interests. Unfortunately, not everyone you meet on the World Wide Web is friendly and some people even pretend to be someone they’re not.
To make sure you have a safe time while you’re surfing the Web, remember these tips:
- - Avoid giving out your e-mail address to people you don’t know
- - Never give out your full name, telephone number, home address or the name of your school
- - Don’t open e-mails or attachments from people you don’t know
- - If you visit a web site or receive an e-mail that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell your parent or whoever looks after you
- - Don’t tell other people your Internet passwords
- - Never agree to meet up with someone you have met on the Internet
- - Try to avoid staring at the screen for too long without a break
Some interesting web sites for you to try:
- www.kidscom.com – fun and games
- www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies – games and fun things to do
- http://kids.yahoo.com – Yahoo! kids search engine
- www.bbc.co.uk/schools – BBC Schools
- www.channel4.com/learning – homework help
Restricting Internet use to a PC in a family room is one way you can keep an eye on your child’s browsing activities. You will be able to take an occasional glance to make sure they are safe, without them feeling like you are watching their every move.
Letting them know your concerns and educating them about the dangers of the Internet will help them understand you are not trying to stop them enjoying the Web, just making sure that they have a safe experience.
There are also various software packages available that can help you monitor your child’s browsing when you are not in the room.
These programs can record browser web addresses, e-mails, and chat software, and can also filter and block certain web sites and even record what has been typed on the keyboard:
- www.softwarexpress.com – The Internet Babysitter
- www.cyberpatrol.com – CyberPatrol
- www.riasc.net/plg.aspx – Parental Lock Guard
- www.netnanny.com – Net Nanny
- www.naomifilter.org – Naomi
- www.surfsafe.co.uk – SurfSafe
If your kids use Google to search for things, in the Preferences next to the search box there are options under SafeSearch Filtering to block explicit images or text.
There is a plug-in available for the Firefox web browser called Gubble, which allows you to set permissions on which web sites kids can visit.
In Windows it is possible to create a separate user account that can be restricted so that the user cannot install harmful software, remove crucial files or change Windows settings.
Create a new user account for your child by clicking on the Start menu then Control Panel and clicking on User Accounts. Click Create a new account, choose a name and choose a Limited account then click Create Account.
You may also wish to put a password on your own Administrator account so that your child cannot use it to install or remove programs.
If your child regularly uses chatrooms, instant messaging or social networking sites, there is an electronic identity card service they can use to verify who they are talking to: Net-ID-me