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Crunchyroll Announces Direct Publishing Agreement with Microsoft for ZUNE Marketplace

By Chris Beveridge     July 08, 2010


Giant Killing
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Crunchyroll announced today the commencement of a direct publishing relationship with Microsoft for the Zune Marketplace, one of the leading living room-based video services in North America that spans Xbox 360, Zune HD and Windows-based PCs, to release Japanese anime starting immediately. Launch titles include fan-favorites The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Yokuwakaru Gendai Maho as well as a near-simulcast of currently-airing soccer action title Giant Killing.
 
The release of the titles onto Zune Marketplace marks the first time any of the titles have ever been available for digital download purchase. Topical soccer title Giant Killing, which currently airs during prime time on HD satellite channel NHK BS in Japan, is available in both standard and high definition the same week it airs in Japan. All titles are available in the United States and Canada through the Zune Marketplace on Xbox LIVE. 
 
Crunchyroll VP of Licensing Rob Pereyda said: "It is a crucial component of our ever-expanding distribution platform to be able to let anime fans consume media when and where they want. By publishing directly onto Zune Marketplace, we now give anime fans a familiar way to enjoy some of the very best in Japanese anime ­ through their television. We look forward to both this and future slates of titles being enjoyed by anime fans all over."
 

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