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Halo TV series to air on Showtime first followed by Xbox One – report

Saturday, 3rd May 2014 17:29 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Xbox Entertainment Studios is in development negotiations with cable TV powerhouse Showtime for its live-action Halo series, according to a Variety report.

Halo: The Television Series was announced during Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal in May last year, and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV studio is developing the franchisee spin-off.

According to Variety’s sources, Microsoft is seeking a deal with Showtime, which will see the series air on both the cable channel and the firm’s Xbox One console.

The sources stated that episodes would be aired first on Showtime before landing on Xbox One.

The show is being produced by Microsoft with input from Halo development house 343 Industries.

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10 Comments

  1. gomersoul

    Brilliant, so the tv tv tv Ms were spouting at the launch is going to be somewhere else first anyway. Hashtag dogshit

    #1 6 months ago
  2. KineticCalvaria

    That’s pretty hilarious. Microsoft, are you trying to look like idiots on purpose?

    #2 6 months ago
  3. mal617

    I hope its good.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. dazedonthemoon

    Little ridiculous it’ll be on Showtime first. Still excited for it though. Hope it’s as epic as the games are.

    #4 6 months ago
  5. Panthro

    I cannot wait to watch exclusive TV shows like Halo on my Xbox :D … Oh wait…

    It confuses me why they have done this, MS never fail to surprise me how fucking stupid they are regarding shit on the Xbox One.

    It would make sense to put it on Xbox and then Showtime not the other way around.

    No wonder they have been fucking up everything they have put out in recent years, not just with the Xbox either.

    #5 6 months ago
  6. antraxsuicide

    @Panthro
    It depends on where the ownership lies. Ever look at DVD sales for TV shows on HBO, Starz, Showtime, etc…? They’re huge, because you can’t really rewatch those shows without pirating them. So the idea here would be to hook a core group on Showtime, and then have that group get their friends into the show by watching it on the Xbox later.

    If it went Xbox=>Showtime, then people just wouldn’t watch it on Showtime. Then you miss out on getting some good publishing there. Because the smart play when moving into a new market is to listen to the people who are already there. Showtime knows TV, and MS doesn’t. So let them do their thing and you may have another Dexter (that people will want to download later without pirating. )

    #6 6 months ago
  7. Panthro

    @antraxsuicide

    I know I know, but they shouldn’t have hyped the ‘exclusive’ TV shows for Xbox One TV (especially one of there main flagship titles) and then abandoned ship to where there was more money and more publicity.

    #7 6 months ago
  8. antraxsuicide

    @Panthro
    I won’t disagree there. Definitely a stumble on their part, but it shouldn’t affect the show’s success.

    #8 6 months ago
  9. fihar

    It’s too big of a project to be shown exclusively on the Xbox.
    At least we can take solace in the fact that the show is at least good enough to be shown on cables.

    #9 6 months ago
  10. bradk825

    @fihar yeah, it’s going to have a fairly big budget as TV shows go I imagine, and if it wasn’t being shown on a TV station, but only on Xbox consoles, I would think it’ll be unprofitable.

    #10 6 months ago

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