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Tie up with Channel 4 to take on the streamers
Mon Apr 07 2014, 14:46
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MICROSOFT'S XBOX Entertainment Studios has joined hands with Channel 4 to produce an eight part TV series for streaming.

The show will be called Humans and is described as a "bold new drama". It is a drama that has already been made in Sweden. Then, it was called Real Humans and had Swedish people in it. This would render it unwatchable for a lot of people in the UK.

With this in mind, perhaps, Microsoft and Channel 4 will produce eight episodes in the UK and plan to show those on Xbox games consoles and on the telly at some time in 2015. The Xbox version will have interactive features that will be denied to gogglebox watchers. Microsoft said that the show is pitched at "millennials".

"'Humans' not only questions personal relationships, we loved how this sci-fi show toys with reality and our connection to technology," said Xbox Entertainment Studios president Nancy Tellem.

"This deal with Channel 4 and Kudos underscores Xbox Entertainment Studios' commitment to programming premium TV series with global partners and creating engaging interactive experiences."

Also lined up for the Microsoft Xbox games consoles are two Halo projects from Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg, and an unscripted show based around and during the football World Cup. Humans appears to be the star of the show, however, and could see Microsoft competing against other standout streamers like Netflix's House of Cards.

"Exploring themes of love, discrimination and integration, this thrilling, beautifully written series allows us to get under the skin of what it means to be human in the most compelling way," puffed Jane Featherstone, executive producer at production company Kudos.

"The bold, innovative storylines and subject matter lend themselves perfectly to this pioneering collaboration with Channel 4 and Xbox."

The Spielberg take on Halo is expected to be the first show that Microsoft will release. µ


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