Xbox Video remains absent in Windows Phone 8's Update 3

Microsoft's Xbox Video service remains absent in Update 3 for Windows Phone 8, despite previous statements indicating the service may be included. As with previous versions of the operating system, users can transfer videos to their Windows Phone devices, though no movies or television shows can be purchased, downloaded or streamed from Xbox Video.

In August, Microsoft updated a Zune Marketplace information page with the following sentence about Xbox Video's platform support: "Starting later this year you will be able to access Xbox Video on Xbox One, Windows Phone 8, and any web browser." Windows Phone Central first reported the disclaimer and noted that the next significant update to Windows Phone 8 would be GDR3 – now known as Update 3

Update 3 doesn't include support to download, stream or purchase Xbox Video media, however, and Microsoft has even updated the aforementioned page to now state the following: "You can rent or purchase movies and TV shows through Xbox Video on Xbox 360 and Windows 8 PCs and tablets. Starting later this year you will also be able to access Xbox Video on Xbox One."

When asked about the lack of Xbox Video in Update 3, a Microsoft spokeswoman provided Neowin with the following comment:

Xbox Video is not in GDR3, but there is a ton of new stuff in Windows Phone 8 Update 3, and while most of the work we did is under the hood, we were also able to add some of the most-requested features and make improvements across the board. I know there are still some things, like Xbox Video, that folks have asked for and are not in this release, but we hear users and take their feedback into account as we prioritize new work.

Microsoft's Xbox Video app for Windows 8.1 recently received an overhaul to feature an interface similar to the dashboard on the upcoming Xbox One console, as did the Xbox Music app. Windows Phone devices support Xbox Music's store, though Xbox Video has never been available on the platform, despite being a highly requested feature. Xbox Video's predecessor, the Zune Marketplace, supported video downloads through its store on Windows Phone 7 devices, however. Videos purchased through Xbox Video on other platforms cannot be transferred to a Windows Phone device because of DRM.

Initially, Microsoft's Xbox Video website stated that videos purchased from the service could be played on Windows Phone devices; that was incorrect, however, and the company removed the phrasing from its website. Microsoft still shows an image featuring a Windows Phone device playing a video from the service alongside a Windows 8 tablet and Xbox 360 console despite the text removal.

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Why do i seem to keep seeing this same line for lots of MSFT releses lately!
"while most of the work we did is under the hood"
Seriously get the features people wan`t in there, the system is fluid enough now, unless this "under the hood" really means work done for the 8.1 release but not utililized yet...

Incredible.
If there's one thing Microsoft cannot be blamed at, it's the know-how they developed at not leveraging their ecosystem. They just can't be beat.

"Microsoft's Xbox Video app for Windows Phone 8 recently received an overhaul to feature an interface similar to the dashboard on the upcoming Xbox One console, as did the Xbox Music app."

I'm pretty sure you meant to type Windows 8.1 here...

Tegument said,
"Microsoft's Xbox Video app for Windows Phone 8 recently received an overhaul to feature an interface similar to the dashboard on the upcoming Xbox One console, as did the Xbox Music app."

I'm pretty sure you meant to type Windows 8.1 here...


D'oh -- thanks, corrected that.

Rubbish like this is why WP has only 3% worldwide market share and no prospect of any significant growth anytime soon.

efjay said,
Rubbish like this is why WP has only 3% worldwide market share and no prospect of any significant growth anytime soon.

Tell me everything about the great Video-on-demand service in Android and iOS. Oh wait, there is none, while Xbox Video will most likely come to Windows Phone 8.1 eventually

efjay said,
Rubbish like this is why WP has only 3% worldwide market share and no prospect of any significant growth anytime soon.

lol no. Try again.

Valid criticisms include:
- WP's hardware has been slightly behind the curve for a while
- WP lacks some key apps
- Google services suck on WP, because of Google
- WP's multitasking needs improvement
- Xbox music crashes often

Not having Xbox Video support is not why WP has 3% marketshare.

I'm really hoping this re-organization gets Microsoft back into shape. Platforms like Xbox Music, Video, and Live should be treated as core services that get attention before anything else. Instead we have a system where the left hand doesn't know what the right is doing. Features stumble out unexpectedly and with total disregard for how they affect Microsoft's other platforms. When something goes live it should go live everywhere. Yet, nearly a year after release and basic core functions still aren't working properly. For example, Xbox Music downloaded through WP and synced to the cloud doesn't automatically show up on Windows 8/RT. Core services and functions should of been working since launch, but they're still gimped nearly a year afterwards.

Things have gotten a lot better at Redmond but the Xbox Video fiasco only shows how far Microsoft still has to go.

This is a pretty big deal for me since I buy all my tv and movies from Xbox Video. I hope it comes to the phone. I also hope they allow us to add and remove songs from playlists on Xbox Music.

incendy said,
This is a pretty big deal for me since I buy all my tv and movies from Xbox Video. I hope it comes to the phone. I also hope they allow us to add and remove songs from playlists on Xbox Music.

I hope MS manages to expand both music and video to more markets, I don't get access to either since my country is left out.

I hope in 8.1, none of the apps are "baked in"

Right now in Windows RT 8.1, nothing is "baked in" except Skydrive, so you can uninstall all of the built in apps, which has the side effect of being able to update the apps whenever an update is released. Right now it seems all the basic WP8 apps are built in, so not only can you not install them, but they can only be updated with an OS update.
Let's hope this is changing soon....

siah1214 said,
I hope in 8.1, none of the apps are "baked in"

Right now in Windows RT 8.1, nothing is "baked in" except Skydrive, so you can uninstall all of the built in apps, which has the side effect of being able to update the apps whenever an update is released. Right now it seems all the basic WP8 apps are built in, so not only can you not install them, but they can only be updated with an OS update.
Let's hope this is changing soon....

You are incorrect. In Windows 8.1 the camera and photos metro apps are also "baked in". You can't uninstall these metro apps: Windows Store, PC Settings, Skydrive, Photos, Camera.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

You are incorrect. In Windows 8.1 the camera and photos metro apps are also "baked in". You can't uninstall these metro apps: Windows Store, PC Settings, Skydrive, Photos, Camera.


I see you're right... Hmmm I feel like that's a step back. Wonder why they went that route....

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

You are incorrect. In Windows 8.1 the camera and photos metro apps are also "baked in". You can't uninstall these metro apps: Windows Store, PC Settings, Skydrive, Photos, Camera.

Well, to be fair, uninstalling Windows Store doesn't make sense, because then how will you get it again? And PC Settings is like uninstalling Control Panel in desktop, just not possible. Skydrive being part of the OS in 8.1 is nice though so I see why you wouldn't be able to remove it. As for photos and camera, dunno why you can't get rid of those exactly.

It wouldn't matter whether apps were baked-in if carriers weren't involved. Microsoft could release updates whenever they deemed them ready. There's no carrier oversight on Windows 8/RT, hence why Microsoft can release updates often.

GP007 said,

Well, to be fair, uninstalling Windows Store doesn't make sense, because then how will you get it again? And PC Settings is like uninstalling Control Panel in desktop, just not possible. Skydrive being part of the OS in 8.1 is nice though so I see why you wouldn't be able to remove it. As for photos and camera, dunno why you can't get rid of those exactly.

The camera app is built to allow you to take pictures from the lock screen, which is why it is baked in. Normal apps can't do this. The photos app is baked in to allow photo editing capability within the skydrive app and the camera app.

GP007 said,

Well, to be fair, uninstalling Windows Store doesn't make sense, because then how will you get it again? And PC Settings is like uninstalling Control Panel in desktop, just not possible. Skydrive being part of the OS in 8.1 is nice though so I see why you wouldn't be able to remove it. As for photos and camera, dunno why you can't get rid of those exactly.

+1

anyhow why the need to remove them , not like they are using ton of storage.

unpinning from Start Screen would achieve the same thing (away from my face! ) attiude

I explain in my previous post the reason you can't delete the last two apps. They use integrated Windows compontents and they built into the OS. They are as integrated as File Explorer, for example.

Yes, you are right that there is no need to delete the apps, but understand that it's not so simple even if you wanted to. These apps are tied into Windows Explorer.

I'd assume it'll just be an app as in Windows 8 so it can be updated separately from the OS.

And this is still a preview, there's still a month to go till Windows 8.1. is announced and GDR3 phones actually begin to roll out.

Maybe we'll see an app released across all platforms to go with the Xbox Music app.

As far as I know this is the final version, I'm basing this on the fact that Microsoft sent off GDR3 to manufacturers way back in September some time.