Warner Bros.-owned social networking slash film service Flixster is now available on the Xbox 360, bringing with it the Rotten Tomatoes rating aggregation service and UltraViolet cloud integration. As Xbox 360 apps tend to be, Flixster costs nothing and only functions if you've got an Xbox Live account. Beyond simple controller or media remote input, Flixster's Xbox 360 app employs Kinect for gesture and voice-based navigation. Special for this platform is the ability to play back those UltraViolet-linked video files in HD; it's the first Flixster app to do so, although Vudu had that capability already.
With today's app addition, the grand total of video service apps on the Xbox 360 is hovering just around a hojillion. Seriously, there are kind of a lot of different options, and we're hoping Microsoft's got a more cohesive strategy for the next version of the Xbox gaming console. The most recent rumors involve an HDMI-in port, allowing cable boxes to integrate with the console -- codenamed "Durango" and / or "Kryptos" -- but there's no mention of a NintendoTVii-esque service to tie disparate video services under a single software umbrella. The 360's Bing functionality aimed to solve that issue, but sadly never lived up to our expectations.
FLIXSTER LAUNCHES ON XBOX 360 GIVING MILLIONS OF XBOX OWNERS ACCESS TO ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR ENTERTAINMENT DESTINATIONS
THOUSANDS OF MOVIE TITLES AND QUICK ACCESS TO CONSUMERS' ULTRAVIOLET COLLECTIONS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON
ROTTEN TOMATOES™ SCORES, REVIEWS AND MOVIE TRAILERS ALSO AVAILABLE
SAN FRANCISCO, April 16, 2013 - Flixster, one of the most popular online destinations for discovering and accessing entertainment today announced a new, free application has launched on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment service from Microsoft. Available now for Xbox LIVE TM subscribers in the U.S., Flixster will give movie fans the ability to access the latest information about movies from the most trusted review aggregating site - Rotten Tomatoes™. In addition, Flixster lets consumers buy and rent thousands of movie titles and access their UltraViolet(TM) movie collections directly through their Xbox.
Already one of the most popular apps on mobile platforms with millions of downloads to date; the launch of Flixster on Xbox will provide movie lovers easy access to purchase thousands of movies with UltraViolet. Used by more than 12 million consumers and growing, UltraViolet gives consumers the freedom to access their digital movie collections from virtually anywhere and easily watch them via application such as Flixster across devices that include Xbox 360, iPhones, iPads, Android devices, and PCs and Macs.
"The mission of UltraViolet is to allow consumers to enjoy their content on any device and platform they desire," said Joe Greenstein, Co-Founder and President of Flixster. "Launching Flixster on Xbox is an exciting step forward for us as it's one of the most popular platforms for consumers to enjoy entertainment in their living room."
Xbox 360 users can now download the Flixster application for free* from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and quickly:
Buy or rent standard and high definition movies
Browse current movie listings in theatres
Watch high quality movie trailers
Look up movie details, including film posters and synopses and Rotten Tomato scores
Access "My Movies" (UltraViolet Playback) to easily sort and watch movies from a family's UltraViolet movie collection
· Browse new and upcoming DVD releases
· Experience cinematic 5.1 surround sound with Dolby® Digital Plus ™, the audio standard for online and connected entertainment
· Navigate the app using voice and gesture controls with Kinect® for Xbox 360*
Founded in 2006 and based in San Francisco, Flixster, Inc. operates one of the world's most popular movie communities, used by more than 25 million people every month. The company was the first to launch applications that allow consumers to access UltraViolet, an industry standard that gives greater flexibility with how and where consumers watch the movies and TV shows they purchase. Flixster services include destination websites at Flixster.com and RottenTomatoes.com, as well as leading apps on Xbox 360, Facebook, Windows 8, iPhone, BlackBerry and Android–powered devices.
*Xbox LIVE Gold subscription and/or additional subscriptions/fees may be required and sold separately. Kinect functionality available with select Xbox LIVE content and varies by feature and country. For additional details and availability, see http://www.xbox.com/live