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XBL to Get Exclusive HD South Park Episode

Razor05
03-05-2007, 05:48 PM
As per TeamXbox:

XBL to Get Exclusive HD South Park Episode
By: TeamXbox Staff - "TeamXbox"
Mar. 5th, 2007 12:41 pm

Comedy Central is celebrating the start of South Park's 11th season, which begins this Wednesday, by teaming with Microsoft. The result is the first high-definition South Park episode, which will be offered exclusively over Xbox Live starting Tuesday, March 6. The episode will be free to XBL members for two weeks, and will also be offered as a free DVD by Best Buy to those purchasing an Xbox 360 or HD DVD drive from March 20 to April 3.

Here's the press release announcing all the details:

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"South Park" to Release First-Ever High Definition Episode, “Good Times With Weapons” Exclusively on Xbox 360 on Tuesday, March 6

Beginning tomorrow, fans of COMEDY CENTRAL's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series, "South Park," are going to see just how good Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman really look with the launch of the first-ever high definition episode "Good Times With Weapons." COMEDY CENTRAL, a division of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), has partnered with Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and is offering to Xbox LIVE® members the HD episode free for two weeks. The episode can be downloaded via Xbox LIVE Marketplace, home to more than 1,500 hours of premium entertainment content.

Best Buy will offer free HD DVDs of the "Good Times With Weapons" episode with the purchase of any Xbox 360 console or HD DVD drive from March 20 through April 3.

The 11th season of COMEDY CENTRAL's "South Park" kicks-off on Wednesday, March 7. Also for the first time ever, the newest episodes from Season 11 will be available uncensored on Xbox LIVE beginning March 13. "South Park" seasons five through nine are currently available on Xbox LIVE as well as the critically-acclaimed movie, "South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut." Since its debut on Xbox LIVE, "South Park" episodes have been among the most popular downloads.

Launched in 1997, "South Park," now in its 11th season, remains the highest-rated series on COMEDY CENTRAL. "South Park" repeats Wednesdays at 12:00 a.m., Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., Fridays at 12:00 a.m. and Sundays at 11:00 p.m.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are co-creators and executive producers of the Emmy and Peabody award-winning "South Park" with Anne Garefino as executive producer. "South Park’s" Web site is southparkstudios.com.

Colt45
03-05-2007, 06:00 PM
I can't imagine HD doing much for south park, but maybe they'll base the episode with some comedy on HD.

Type A
03-05-2007, 11:23 PM
I agree, but perhaps it will start a trend...I can dream cant I?

Razor05
03-05-2007, 11:30 PM
Maybe South Park isn't the best candidate, but it's nice to see more and more shows going to HD.

godson
03-06-2007, 04:21 PM
IDk guys...have any of you DL'd it yet. I think it made worlds of difference. Atleast for my situation here,I have to watch eithr on Comedy Central or late night on CW...neither are HD broadcasts and frankly the SD sucks from both these channels. I would say its much cleaner looking and fills up screen without looking stretched or anything. Also the colors look much better...all in all,Im pleased,especially for FREE

Type A
03-07-2007, 03:13 AM
I DL it tonight. I think youre right that it is well converted to the wide screen format. I have most of the south park recent season DL from xbl, and I kept this sd episode on the 360 to compare to this free hd version. Colors are improved, but I doubt I would ever spend the money to get this budget cartoon in hd. Its a hillarious show, but they intentionally dont spend much on the animation (and I think thats part of its charm). I think thats what colt and I were eludeing to...I know thats what I first thought. Was it an improvement? Of course. Will I continue to download the sd versions when/if the hd versions come available? Yes, its sd only for me, I wouldnt spend more to get such simple animation with better colors and a little better clarity.

Now, will I continue to download the HD version of a movie when its available? Count on it.

godson
03-07-2007, 03:57 AM
Oh certainly...if they could offer them at the same as SD but yea I doubt that..

360kid
03-07-2007, 10:03 AM
I got it, it was nice, it filled the screen which is the main thing. I don't know if PQ was improved, I've downloaded several SP episodes and most are pretty crisp as it is. The main difference is that it is now in widescreen so no more side bars.

It was free which is a bonus. I didn't care for that particulare episode though.

Anyone know what season the scientology episode is in and if it is availible on XBL marketplace????

rdandy5875
03-07-2007, 12:15 PM
i thought it was pretty funny. I agree the HD looked good with the full screen filled, however it wasn't a huge improvement over the sd. How HI DEF can you get with a simple cartoon....AND 1gb for 22 minutes-this little 20gb drive is really getting worked over lately.

SOBAY310
03-07-2007, 01:30 PM
As a parent who spends half his waking life watching Spongebob with his daughter, I bet I could tell a big difference if Nickelodeon was in HD.