Xbox Video

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Xbox Video
Xbox Video computer icon.png
Xbox video.png
Computer icon and screenshot of Xbox Video app in Windows 8.1
Opened October 16, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-10-16)
Format 1080p
Catalogue 150,000 films and TV shows[citation needed]
Preview 1 minute (TV Shows, and Movies) available for free
Streaming Yes

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 available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows 8 and later, and Windows Phone 8 and later.[1] Xbox Video is also accessible on the web at 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.


Xbox Live Marketplace's original video store was replaced by Zune Marketplace on September 15, 2009.[2]

At E3 2009, Microsoft announced their 1080p streaming video service, which allows users to stream video over an internet connection.[3] 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, speculation arose about "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 was launched along with the Xbox Music service on October 16, 2012 for Xbox 360, Windows 8, and Windows Phone.[citation needed]

Geographical availability[edit]

List of countries where Xbox Video is active[4]
Country Movies Store TV Store
 Australia Yes Yes
 Austria Yes No
 Belgium Yes No
 Canada Yes Yes
 Denmark Yes No
 Finland Yes No
 France Yes Yes
 Germany Yes Yes
 Ireland Yes No
 Italy Yes Yes
 Japan Yes Yes
 Mexico Yes No
 Netherlands Yes No
 New Zealand Yes Yes
 Norway Yes No
 Spain Yes Yes
 Sweden Yes No
  Switzerland Yes No
 United Kingdom Yes Yes
 United States Yes Yes


  1. ^ Makuch, Eddie (9 September 2013). "Xbox Music app hits iOS, Android". Gamespot. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Wingfield, Nick (4 June 2012). "R.I.P. Zune". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Simpson, John (1 June 2009). "Xbox gets 1080p video service". Engadget. AOL. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Xbox on Windows feature list". Xbox. Retrieved 20 March 2014.