When Microsoft updated the Xbox Video app for Windows 8 and Windows RT earlier today, its release notes gave the vague description of "performance enhancements and feature updates." Now one of those "feature updates" has been discovered: the ability to restore previously purchased videos that weren't showing up in users' video libraries.
The feature should be welcome news to users who purchased movies on the Xbox 360 version of the Xbox Video app, as many movies purchased through that app didn't show up in the Windows 8 and Windows RT app. Now, a user can click the "Restore" button in the app's preferences (located under the "Purchases" subhead) to recover videos that weren't properly syncing with the app, so long as the rights for those videos are applicable for playing on a PC.
Some videos purchased through the app on an Xbox 360 don't include the right to download them to a PC (and vice versa). Those videos will still not be playable after clicking the Restore button. Similarly, rented videos are only tied to a single device – if a user purchased rented a movie on the Xbox 360, for instance, that movie will only be playable on the Xbox 360.
Examples of what the Xbox Video app for Windows 8 and Windows RT looked like prior to the update and following the update can be seen below.
The Xbox Video app for Windows 8 and Windows RT prior to the app's update earlier today.
The Xbox Video app for Windows 8 and Windows RT after the app's update earlier today.
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