Microsoft to launch Dutch XBox movie service

Microsoft is to launch paid movie streaming and downloads to XBox Live-enabled games consoles in the Netherlands later this month, according to local press.

The move will give Microsoft a head start over rivals including Apple, Amazon and Netflix in the Dutch market. According to the reports, Microsoft has signed up Universal, Warner Bros, MGM and Paramount for the service, and talks are ongoing with local broadcasters. Movies will be available via the Zune menu on XBox. An estimated 350,000 XBox devices have been sold in the Netherlands.