Is Lost coming to my Xbox?

Ahh, now we’re seeing what Microsoft is thinking of doing with Xbox as a media-distribution platform (Microsoft is announcing TV programs and other video shows distributed onto your Xbox). My question is: can I watch Lost? I don’t have a TV hookup, so I have to either wait for IP networks to get it (and I ain’t gonna watch 640×480 on iTunes, that’s too low a resolution) or I have to wait for NetFlix to get it on DVD. We just finished watching the second season of Lost. I want to get the third season of Lost for a reasonable price. In HD of course.

67 thoughts on “Is Lost coming to my Xbox?

  1. I don't know is the short answer. But what I would say is that whilst Microsoft have plans for the Xbox, more and more will be made available for distribution, so you should soon be seeing greater choice.

  2. I don't know is the short answer. But what I would say is that whilst Microsoft have plans for the Xbox, more and more will be made available for distribution, so you should soon be seeing greater choice.

  3. Wake up! HD Lost torrents are available within hours of broadcast.

    Like it or not you can find torrents of them (without ads).

  4. Wake up! HD Lost torrents are available within hours of broadcast.

    Like it or not you can find torrents of them (without ads).

  5. I agree, I can’t imagine that too many people will buy the Xbox just to get a source to download. But I think that it may persuade some people who are on the fence that the device offers quite a lot for the price. Like I said, they’re not too little or too late considering very few companies have entered the HD download arena.

    As for the movies….I much prefer the rental model. I have absolutely zero interest in paying $14 for a movie that doesn’t have everything that a DVD offers for a similar price. That’s one reason why I’ve never purchased a movie from ITMS…not to mention I haven’t bothered to hook up any of Macs to my TV and I imagine most ITMS consumers haven’t either. Now renting a movie for a $5-$6 in HD quality…that I don’t mind and it doesn’t impact my hard drive space, since it’s deleted once we watch it.

    HD content isn’t a selling point for most consumers, so that’s why I’m assuming Microsoft and Apple offer the majority of their content in SD. However, for those of us who do enjoy the technology (we are a growing group), it’s a factor. I’m not going to penalize a company because they’re offering a variety of content. Considering HD will be the national standard in a couple of years (supposedly lol!) and considering that most TVs sold in stores now are HD, I think offering HD content alongside SD is important. Probably why the iTV has the specs to connect to a HDTV.

  6. I agree, I can’t imagine that too many people will buy the Xbox just to get a source to download. But I think that it may persuade some people who are on the fence that the device offers quite a lot for the price. Like I said, they’re not too little or too late considering very few companies have entered the HD download arena.

    As for the movies….I much prefer the rental model. I have absolutely zero interest in paying $14 for a movie that doesn’t have everything that a DVD offers for a similar price. That’s one reason why I’ve never purchased a movie from ITMS…not to mention I haven’t bothered to hook up any of Macs to my TV and I imagine most ITMS consumers haven’t either. Now renting a movie for a $5-$6 in HD quality…that I don’t mind and it doesn’t impact my hard drive space, since it’s deleted once we watch it.

    HD content isn’t a selling point for most consumers, so that’s why I’m assuming Microsoft and Apple offer the majority of their content in SD. However, for those of us who do enjoy the technology (we are a growing group), it’s a factor. I’m not going to penalize a company because they’re offering a variety of content. Considering HD will be the national standard in a couple of years (supposedly lol!) and considering that most TVs sold in stores now are HD, I think offering HD content alongside SD is important. Probably why the iTV has the specs to connect to a HDTV.

  7. “I can’t understand how you think that Microsoft is too little too late when they’re offering HD downloads in two weeks.”

    On XBox, a loss leader with a relatively small installed user base. What will actually happen is that gamers will see getting some video as a bonus, but the general audience will not be persuaded to buy XBoxes just to get a source to download video. Besides, on XBox movies will be rentals available for only a short time, unlike iTunes movies which the user owns. Not to mention that the XBox hard drive is too small to hold much video content anyhow.

    Of more importance, only 15.5 million households WORLDWIDE will have HDTV by the end of 2006. HD content simply is not yet a selling point with most consumers. (It is amazing to me that FACTS such as actual market share of technologies never besmirch Robert’s blog. That is one reason one knows he is a public relations tool, not a journalist.)

    Then there is the completely contentless babbling of the Larry type. An utter waste of space.

  8. “I can’t understand how you think that Microsoft is too little too late when they’re offering HD downloads in two weeks.”

    On XBox, a loss leader with a relatively small installed user base. What will actually happen is that gamers will see getting some video as a bonus, but the general audience will not be persuaded to buy XBoxes just to get a source to download video. Besides, on XBox movies will be rentals available for only a short time, unlike iTunes movies which the user owns. Not to mention that the XBox hard drive is too small to hold much video content anyhow.

    Of more importance, only 15.5 million households WORLDWIDE will have HDTV by the end of 2006. HD content simply is not yet a selling point with most consumers. (It is amazing to me that FACTS such as actual market share of technologies never besmirch Robert’s blog. That is one reason one knows he is a public relations tool, not a journalist.)

    Then there is the completely contentless babbling of the Larry type. An utter waste of space.

  9. @Mike Johnson – Apple definitely has an excellent user experience, but the one thing that they seriously lack is video quality. I’ve been purchasing content from iTunes for quite some time as well and I’ve never been satisfied with the quality even with the latest update. On my 24-inch monitor, the TV shows don’t look so hot especially if you’re already used to HD quality. Even the couple of shows that I’ve purchased on the Amazon Unbox service look better than iTunes and I can stream those to my Xbox 360.

  10. @Mike Johnson – Apple definitely has an excellent user experience, but the one thing that they seriously lack is video quality. I’ve been purchasing content from iTunes for quite some time as well and I’ve never been satisfied with the quality even with the latest update. On my 24-inch monitor, the TV shows don’t look so hot especially if you’re already used to HD quality. Even the couple of shows that I’ve purchased on the Amazon Unbox service look better than iTunes and I can stream those to my Xbox 360.

  11. @26-Mike – Obviously we’re talking about downloading HD content, not just media content. Keep up pal.

    I hope Apple does get more studios….that’s great for me. I own a Macbook, Mac mini, and an iPod with video. It would suit my interests best. However, I’m not one of those Apple zealots who can’t dare to give someone praise if they’re not affiliated with Cupertino. The fact remains, Microsoft is offering HD downloads in two weeks. We won’t have HD downloads until next year from Apple. They beat them with the HD downloads. I’m not sure why some of you are finding that hard to comprehend. I hope Sony makes a similar announcement….more competition is fantastic for consumers.

  12. @26-Mike – Obviously we’re talking about downloading HD content, not just media content. Keep up pal.

    I hope Apple does get more studios….that’s great for me. I own a Macbook, Mac mini, and an iPod with video. It would suit my interests best. However, I’m not one of those Apple zealots who can’t dare to give someone praise if they’re not affiliated with Cupertino. The fact remains, Microsoft is offering HD downloads in two weeks. We won’t have HD downloads until next year from Apple. They beat them with the HD downloads. I’m not sure why some of you are finding that hard to comprehend. I hope Sony makes a similar announcement….more competition is fantastic for consumers.

  13. Sorry, Apple fans, but MS has Apple on this one.
    When it comes to technology, that is. As I said, iTV will still be successful just because Apple is “cool” or whatever.

    So.. basically.. you have nothing to say. Thanks.

    PS. OS X is about 5 years ahead of Windows. MS does not have ‘it’ over Apple in terms of technology. Wake up.

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