TORONTO, ON – February 18th, 2007 – Paramount Pictures added to the momentum of Xbox LIVE™ Marketplace Video Store in Canada, by confirming today that it is extending its partnership with Microsoft Corp. to bring its catalogue of current and library films to Canada and Europe as well.  This means that all Xbox 360™ owners connected to the internet in Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the UK can now download-to-rent both high definition and standard definition Paramount Pictures’ movies direct to their console via Xbox LIVE Marketplace Video Store.  With this latest partnership, Xbox 360 aims to place itself at the centre of digital entertainment in the living room, offering the best in high definition games, movies and music videos  along with access to all your friends, digital music and pictures.

Beginning February 19th, those robots in disguise from last summer’s hit movie Transformers, will get a LIVE action outing as the war between the evil Decepticons and the heroic Autobots erupts on Xbox LIVE Marketplace Video Store along with other Paramount titles including the epic fantasy, Stardust and the critically acclaimed, A Mighty Heart starring Angelina Jolie.  Available in SD and/or HD formats, films will cost as little as 300 Microsoft Points for Standard Definition movies and from 440 Microsoft Points for High Definition movies.

“We’re thrilled to be adding Paramount to the list of partners supporting the expansion of the Xbox LIVE Marketplace Video Store service in Canada and in Europe,” said Scott Nocas, Global Marketing Manager, Xbox LIVE.  “Canadian Video Store customers can now access an even greater choice of entertainment, in standard and high definition movie quality, from an expanding library of content including library and new release titles.”

Alex Carloss, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Worldwide Digital Distribution, Paramount Digital Entertainment – one of the key studio partners when Xbox LIVE™ Marketplace Video Store launched in the US – commented on the expansion into Europe and Canada:  “We’re excited to be involved in the acceleration phase of the European and Canadian launch of the Xbox LIVE Marketplace Video Store and look forward to watching this service grow. To deliver Paramount’s top films to people in their living room via a video game console fits perfectly with our global digital distribution strategy.”

Paramount Pictures movies hitting Xbox LIVE Marketplace Video Store this month include:

•Transformers (Paramount Pictures, available in SD and HD as of February 19th) 

•Hot Rod (Paramount Pictures, available in SD and HD as of February 19th) 

•Heartbreak Kid (Paramount Pictures, available in SD and HD as of February 19th) 

•Stardust (Paramount Pictures, available in SD and HD as of February 19th) 

•A Mighty Heart (Paramount Pictures, available in SD and HD as of February 19th) 

•Braveheart (Paramount Pictures, available in SD, week of February 26th) 

•Next (Paramount Pictures, available in SD and HD, week of February 26th) 

•The Italian Job (Paramount Pictures, available in SD, week of February 26th) 

•Mean Girls (Paramount Pictures, available in SD, week of February 26th) 

•An Arctic Tale (Paramount Pictures, available in SD and HD, week of February 26th)

Warner Bros will also be adding new films to the Xbox LIVE Marketplace Video Store in Canada on February 19th. In the Valley of Ellah and Michael Clayton, both Academy Award nominees, will be available in standard and high definition. On February 25th, Justice League: A New Frontier will also be available in both standard and high definition. These films are in addition to the growing library of Warner Bros titles that have been made available on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace Video Store which grew to include the following titles:

•Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (available in SD and HD) 

•The Invasion (available in SD and HD) 

•The Brave One (available in SD and HD) 

•Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (available in SD and HD) 

•Blade Runner: The Final Cut (available in SD and HD) 

•Ocean’s 13 (available in SD and HD) 

•December Boys  (available in SD and HD) 

•No Reservations (available in SD and HD) 

•Enter the Dragon (available in SD) 

•The Neverending Story (available in SD)

The diverse list of new content means there are even more incredible entertainment choices on Xbox LIVE for everyone in the family. With over 30 titles now available Xbox Live Marketplace Video Store, Xbox 360 gamers in Canada, can access this service with both an Xbox Live Silver or Gold membership and a broadband connection.  More information about the content available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace Video Store can be found at: www.xbox.com

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