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Microsoft launches Zune services in new markets and Zune HD hardware in the U.S.
Posted on 27-May-2009 15:23. | Tags Filed under: News.

Microsoft launches Zune services in new markets and Zune HD hardware in the U.S.
Microsoft Corp. has announced the next version of Zune, the company’s end-to-end music and entertainment service, to a new platform and new markets.

Later this year Zune will extend its video service to Xbox LIVE internationally, bringing the Zune brand to more than 17 million international Xbox LIVE subscribers.

Zune will be a premium partner in the Xbox LIVE Video Marketplace, bringing an exciting catalog of TV and film to the platform. Zune will occupy the first slot within the Xbox user interface in the Xbox LIVE Video Marketplace, exposing the Zune brand experience to millions of new consumers for the first time. At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) next week, attendees will see firsthand how Zune integrates into Xbox LIVE to create a game-changing entertainment experience.

In addition, Microsoft confirmed the next generation of the Zune portable media player, Zune HD. Available in the U.S. Zune HD combines a built-in HD Radio receiver, high-definition (HD) video output capabilities, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) touch screen, Wi-Fi and an Internet browser.

“The Zune music player is an integral part of the overall Zune experience, and we’re proud to be growing and extending our offering beyond the device,” said Enrique Rodriguez, corporate vice president of the Microsoft TV, Video and Music Business Group. “Delivering on Microsoft’s connected entertainment vision, this news marks a turning point for Zune as it brings cross-platform experiences and premium video content to living rooms around the world.”

The company says the bright OLED touch screen interface allows users to flip through music, movies and other content with ease, and the 16:9 widescreen format display (480x272 pixels resolution) offers a premium viewing experience on the go.

HD-compatible output lets Zune HD customers playback supported HD video files from the device through a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) audiovisual docking station (sold separately) direct to an HD TV in 720p.

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