Gates and Jobs race for Hollywood

The opening of Vegas' Consumer Electronics Show produced not only cool gadgets, but also news of agreements - disclosed by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates - between Microsoft and NBC Universal, Walt Disney, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and CBS' Showtime Networks, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The opening of Vegas' Consumer Electronics Show produced not only cool gadgets, but also news of agreements - disclosed by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates - between Microsoft and NBC Universal, Walt Disney, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and CBS' Showtime Networks, reports the Wall Street Journal. The agreements will enable Microsoft to use entertainment content on its Xbox Live and MSN services, and better compete against rivals such as Apple. That prospect may be tougher than it seems according to a BusinessWeek story highlighting Steve Jobs' aggression in the film industry.

The business mag reports that Apple is close to nailing down deals with various film studios, a move that could provide a much-needed boost for the Apple TV. However, one of Jobs' greatest challenges lies in the commonality of pricing agreements, and he may have to give up a communication method associated with the success of the music category, the simple ($.99/song) pricing model

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