Microsoft launches Xbox Video site; Windows Phone app coming soon

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced plans to end Xbox Video support for Windows Phone 7 handsets, Zune devices and for the Zune Desktop software from February 2014. The company assured customers that purchased video content would still be accessible on the Xbox 360 and via XboxVideo.com. 

At the time, however, that website didn't exist, but as The Verge spotted today, a new Xbox Video site has now launched. The site can be accessed via XboxVideo.com, which redirects to video.xbox.com, where you will find a layout that closely mirrors that of the Xbox Music app on Windows 8.1. 

You can purchase videos via the site, and either stream the content in the browser (using Silverlight!), or watch it on your Xbox One or Windows 8.1 device. You can also purchase content via the Xbox Video app on Windows 8.1 or Xbox One, and it will be available to stream via the site. 

At this time, the web version does not yet support HD streaming, so if that's a dealbreaker for you, you'll have to stick with watching purchased videos on your Xbox One or Windows 8.1 PC for now.

The site also states that an Xbox Video app for Windows Phone will, at long last, be launching "shortly", but that it too will exclude HD video support, which will no doubt be a disappointment for those with higher-end devices such as the Lumia 1020, or the larger Lumia 1520 with its 1080p display, which is launching next week in the UK.

Via: The Verge

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Damn. I was excited for this since I moved my Xbox to my PC area, so I don't have anything to access Xbox Video with (my HTPC runs Windows 7), but no HD is no deal.

No HD web streaming and no HD on their new super duper 1080p 6" giant phone, another fumble by Microsoft.

efjay said,
No HD web streaming and no HD on their new super duper 1080p 6" giant phone, another fumble by Microsoft.

yet

nice. xbox video is really becoming the best open multiplatform service out there. unlike google's which is platform locked xbox video is everywhere!

Something isn't entirely accurate...

Microsoft notes that HD quality playback is only available on Xbox One or Windows 8.1.

There is something missing in context, since the XB360 fully supports 1080p Xbox Video already - both streaming and download.

It also doesn't seem to discern between streaming and downloaded content in the wording.

Which makes sense for the 'web site' as it would be streaming; however, Windows 8.1 and Xbox One and XB360 have download content options, and we might assume WP8.

The use of Silverlight seems strange with the new HTML5 encryption media in IE11; however, considering this is ONLY available on Windows 8.1 where a dedicated App is already available, it makes sense they would use Silverlight for older versions of Windows.


Maybe a few more reports will drop, as the sources I found are ambiguous at the moment.

"Coming soon." should be Microsoft's new motto =.= I say that as an avid WP8 user and someone who likes windows 8.1

I love their products but they seriously need to up their speed on releasing new products, or at least launching them with their full features.

Wapoz said,
"Coming soon." should be Microsoft's new motto =.= I say that as an avid WP8 user and someone who likes windows 8.1

I love their products but they seriously need to up their speed on releasing new products, or at least launching them with their full features.

As a huge Microsoft fan, I second this.