The lights are on
Microsoft has created a division of its Xbox unit to focus on creating original, television-style entertainment. In addition to the Steven Spielberg Halo project, it's also working on a documentary program that looks at street soccer players around the world.
Every Street United will be an episodic, 30-minute show that focuses on undiscovered street soccer players around the world, in countries inluding the U.S., Spain, Holland, France, Argentina, Brazil, Ghana, and South Korea. Deadline Hollywood reports that the final episode of the series will be shot at the 2014 World Cup.
The show is produced by Mandalay Sports Mediam, and some episodes will be directed by Jonathan Hock, who directed the acclaimed ESPN 30 for 30 documentaries The Best That Never Was (on running back Marcus Dupree) and Survive and Advance (about the 1983 NC State Wolfpack team coached by Jim Valvano).
Reportedly, the show, like many of the Microsoft entertainment projects, will feaure interactive features of some kind.
Source: Deadline Hollywood
Our Take:It's not what I expected from Microsoft, but I'm pleased that they have hired Hock to direct, as the Marcus Dupree 30 for 30 was one of my favorites. It's also a sign that Microsoft has an eye to producing content that appeals not just to the U.S., but Europe and other world markets.
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They should have called it Xbox tv
While I'm not really interested in street soccer players, I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who would be (it is the world's biggest sport). I think this shows that Microsoft is thinking outside of the box (no pun intended) to come up with potential exclusive programming that can add value to their service. If they can do this and potentially continue the Games with Gold system, I'd have no problems at all with paying for Gold moving forward, especially with the dedicated servers for all games.
This news has finally swayed me to purchase a 3DS instead of a small house made of Shammies. In all seriousness though it's great that they're making a documentary about street soccer players, it should be very interesting from a cultural perspective.
Lame. Just focus on the games.
So a company that has significantly less presence in Europe wants to make a "tv" show to broadcast to an American audience that has no interest in soccer? Sounds like Microsoft.
Here's a hint MS, check the attendance of ANY United States soccer team, that will be how popular your show will be there. What's next, a documentary on the WNBA?