Microsoft Announces Netflix Xbox Live Improvements; Brings 1080p Streaming Video, last.fm Music

Microsoft is bringing music content to Xbox Live with its announcement of a partnership with music provider last.fm. The last.fm service will be available freely to Xbox Live gold members later this year.

The company also announced upcoming changes to the Netflix Xbox Live service. The service will now allow users to queue up video directly from the Xbox 360 Netflix interface.

Furthermore, the Xbox Live video store will soon be relaunched as the Zune Video store. All videos will now be available in 1080p instant streaming, which will require a connection speed of around 8Mbps.

Also introduced was Live Party, which will excitingly allow Xbox Live users to watch videos in a room with other Xbox Live users and their avatars, reminiscent of the PlayStation Home theater.