Microsoft has announced that the long awaited European launch of Video Marketplace on Xbox Live will take place on December 11.
Called "Xbox Live Marketplace Video Store" in line with Microsoft's new naming convention, the service will allow you to rent films in standard- and high-definition, although there's no mention of TV shows as yet.
Films will cost 250 Microsoft Points (GBP 2.13 / EUR 2.91) in standard definition and 380 MS Points (GBP 3.23 / EUR 4.42) for high definition, and early examples include 300, The Matrix trilogy, the first two Harry Potter films and Clash of the Titans.
As of December 11, the service will have been launched in six countries - the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France and Germany - to varying degrees.
It is expected that the same US usage restrictions governing the control of content downloaded will also apply in the UK - specifically that films are only usable until 24 hours after viewing or within 14 days of download.
In the UK, Xbox Live's Video Store currently features music videos from the likes of Ministry of Sound and Sony BMG.
The full list of launch films (subject to change) is as follows:
Clash of the Titans
Eyes Wide Shut
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Lethal Weapon 3
Lethal Weapon 4
Looney Tunes: Back In Action
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
The Perfect Storm