Xbox Video app in Windows 8.1
|Opened||October 16, 2012|
|Pricing model||Rent or buy|
|Platforms||Windows 8, Windows RT, Xbox 360, Xbox One|
|Catalogue||150,000 films and TV shows|
Xbox Video is a digital video service developed by Microsoft that offers full HD films and TV shows available for rental or purchase in the Xbox Video Store. The service is accessible through Microsoft's line of products including the Xbox 360, Windows 8 and Windows RT. (Windows Phone 7 users may play purchased content on their smartphones after syncing, because a compatible Video Store app is not yet available.) Xbox Video was released along with its music-oriented sister service "Xbox Music" on October 14, 2012, both services replaced Microsoft's previous Zune branded line of products and services. Xbox Video is Microsoft's answer to and competes more directly with similar online video stores including PlayStation Network, iTunes Store, Google Play, and Amazon Instant Video.
At E3 in 2009 Microsoft announced their 1080p streaming video service, which allows users to stream video over a home internet connection. This technology is a key part of Xbox Video for their video streaming service.
With the announcement of Xbox Music services which would replace the Zune Marketplace music service, also launched speculation about an "Xbox Video", a potential service that would offer movies and television series, because the term "music" in the name of the service gave the impression that Xbox Music will offer strictly music, thus excluding films and television series.
Xbox Video service was launched along with the Xbox Music service on October 16, 2012, available for Xbox 360, Windows 8, and Windows Phone 7. Although the Xbox Video Store is not available yet on Windows Phone 7, purchased content are playable after syncing with PC. Contents purchased on Xbox Video are not supported on Windows Phone 8. Xbox Video is fully available as a service on Xbox One.
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