This past week we learned those original television programs Microsoft announced over a year ago would finally be available this June. Microsoft is primed to produce some big original content for those on the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and other Microsoft devices. The cornerstone for their original content is most likely going to be their Halo TV series produced by Steven Spielberg. A new report claims that Microsoft is teaming up with Showtime to make it happen.
Variety is reporting that Xbox Entertainment Studios is currently in deep negotiations with Showtime to work on the Halo TV series. The deal will see a television show that currently hasn’t been attempted before. Early talks indicate that episodes will air on Showtime first and then follow up on the Xbox. However, the episodes will have interactive content when watched on an Xbox console.
It’ll be really interesting to see how Microsoft fares with original programming. They do claim north of 48 million subscribers on Xbox Live, but opening up episodes to Showtime could certainly help give the Halo series a broader reach.
Other content Microsoft is working on include various documentaries, a hybrid stop-motion show from the creators of Robot Chicken, a detective thriller series and more.