Microsoft, publishers of the “Halo” series, and Xbox Entertainment Studios has reported to be in the process of negotiating a deal with Showtime.
The “Halo” series was first unveiled at E3 2013 with little information other than Steven Spielberg would be the director and producer.
Last month, Xbox Entertainment Studios announced their plans to bring premium dramas, comedies, documentaries, animation, unscripted shows, and live events as part of their Xbox Original line up of shows to Windows and Xbox.
The “Halo” series deal would mean Showtime would air the episodes first followed by Xbox.
In theory, this deal would benefit Microsoft more because they would be able to reach a wider audience. Microsoft has said in the past they want to bring Halo to different mediums.
Rumors are circulating that Xbox Entertainment Studios wants Showtime to bring their “Showtime Anytime” app to the Xbox One and air the episodes on their app as well. If the deal between Microsoft and Showtime is true then does this mean the show is ready for Prime Time?
Here’s what Variety said is the reason both companies haven’t reached a deal:
“The deal with Showtime has taken a long time to work out because the sides are charting new territory for a show designed to air on Showtime as well as Xbox, with enhanced interactivity built-in for the latter platform. Details are still being hammered out, but sources say the plan is to have episodes bow on Showtime first, followed by the Xbox window.”
We have contacted Microsoft and Showtime to comment on this. Once we hear back from them we will update you.
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