Fall 09 Dashboard Update
Xbox 360 Dashboard Zune HD (et al) Preview - Vid, Screens & Info
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The Zune HD Marketplace is, well... there, and will offer instant 1080i HD (and SD) streaming video content. Whilst the catalogue isn’t really that extensive at the moment, it does work and pretty damn well too.

There really isn’t much to say here at the moment, except maybe there is a dedicated GamerTV channel that may hint at something that Microsoft is working on. Regardless, it does exactly what it says on the tin, and I must say, as you’ll see in the video below, it does it really well. I suppose I must question whether it’s 1080i throughout though as you may see dips in quality in part of the Watchmen clip I captured in the walkthrough below.

Be warned though, to stream HD content, you'll need a fast enough connection to use it... it even tests whether you're quick enough! I felt like I was back in school.

You may notice a few things from the short intro as well, like the “News and More” which is MSNBC, Dilbert and The New Yorker, but as stated, they are US only. From the dashboard "My Community" tab, there is also quick access to the Avatar Marketplace, as well as Facebook and Twitter.

Got any questions? Ask away. In the meantime check out our video preview – and yes, I did rent a HD version of Watchmen entirely for the purposes of showing you this (I own it on Bluray as well!) – and the screens below.

The Preview Program update e-mails for wave 1 are going out this week. If you haven’t signed up, check out the details here. The full update is coming soon. No specific date has been named yet, although November 17th is a good shout.

Check out the fall 2009 dashboard update gallery here for all the Zune HD (and more) screens.


User Comments

Forum Posts: 117
Comment #1 by Ratchet
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 08:30:01 PM
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Neat. I dont have a Zune HD, but I have a regular one.

Awesome they have good support for it now.

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Comment #2 by tehapoc
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 08:42:01 PM
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Shaun of the Dead!

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Comment #3 by xo rorschach ox
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 08:49:03 PM
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i love you for renting watchmen even though you own it

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Comment #4 by Devil Sora
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 09:01:32 PM
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wait so they already started passing out the preveiws for it?

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Comment #5 by The Elite Elite
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 09:08:47 PM
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I guess it has been a while since I read about this update. I forgot the Zune part was only about streaming videos. I know I don't have a fast enough connection for doing that.

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Comment #6 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 09:18:10 PM
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@#4 - Last paragraph. Press got their invites today.

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Comment #7 by SS07
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 09:26:34 PM
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i want to use my cd pen to play hide and seek with my self

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Comment #8 by Nathan0418
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 09:40:19 PM
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540 points for a movie?

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Comment #9 by CaptainKicker
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 05:44:15 AM
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WOah.. That's exspenive.

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Comment #10 by xDrDeath
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 06:06:19 AM
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Just another thing I'll never use on the dashboard. Renting movies on xbox live is to expensive, plus I get my blu-rays from netflix and blu-rays are 1080p not 1080i like xbox live.

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Comment #11 by Ruthless Remix
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 06:21:59 AM
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@ Webb - No wonder you take so long to reply to msgs you got 15 there!!! ;)

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Comment #12 by LT TRAV
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 06:54:23 AM
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@ WEBB- i saw that theres a "start a party" option does that mean i could wacth the film with a friend? if so do you know how this option works? thank you.

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Comment #13 by paulg78
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 10:58:51 AM
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Comment #14 by Tijntjee K.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 01:12:12 PM
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wtf, 540 points for a rental.. that's way to expensive!!

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Comment #15 by Poppygalaxy
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 04:51:34 PM
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it almost cheaper to buy it in the store to keep. Way too expensive

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Comment #16 by Streetrunner77
Friday, October 23, 2009 @ 08:26:29 AM
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@12 - that option is already available - and yes you can start a party to watch movie(s)

@15 - Try Netflix - I love it - streaming videos via the 360 - cheaper than buying

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Comment #17 by Accel Dance
Friday, October 23, 2009 @ 04:08:58 PM
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