Xbox Live Video Marketplace has problems on Launch

Xbox Live’s new digitally downloaded television shows and rental movies didn’t have a very smooth kick off. Xbox Live is granting refunds for all media purchases that were not delivered today.

Xbox Live’s director of programming Larry Hryb has described the first hours of the downloading service as an “unpleasant experience” for members, but promised that Microsoft was working to resolve the issues. He said on his official Xbox blog, “We’ve made progress over the past 24-hours, and the team is dedicated to fixing the issues and continues to work as fast as they can around the clock to get the service running as seamlessly as you have come to expect.”

Myself, I attempted to download the pilot Jericho episode in HD and it trickled in at first and then just dropped, then for the rest of the day I wasn’t able to get to the downloads and then started up again.. which took 23 hrs (approx) to download 1.98 gigs. Needless to say, I was not that impressed, but those folks out there that do not have PVR’s will like the system.

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