Microsoft Movies & TV: The service formerly known as Xbox Video
If you've got an Xbox or Microsoft Windows, you have access to some of the latest movies and TV shows.
Microsoft Movies & TV, previously known as Xbox Video, allows you to buy or rent video content. But while access to the newest blockbusters makes this a great choice for cinephiles, binge watchers may get more out of their money with a subscription-based service.
What's in this review?
Pros and cons
- TV shows are available the day after they air
- Old episodes of shows are available to binge
- New releases are added regularly
- No subscription option
What features does Microsoft Movies & TV offer?
Microsoft Movies & TV lets you download your purchases to your Windows and Xbox devices through its dedicated app, which is perfect for commuters on public transit or people with slower Internet connections who want their streams to stop continually buffering.
Purchases can be downloaded up to 5 times across separate Windows and Xbox devices. However, it’s important to note that rentals can only be watched on the device they were rented for.
You can watch TV shows without any commercials the day after they originally air.
Earn Microsoft Rewards points
You can earn points with Microsoft Rewards when you buy or rent from Microsoft Movies & TV. Points can be redeemed for gift cards, nonprofit donations, sweepstakes entries and more.
What devices are compatible with Microsoft Movies & TV?
Aside from a broadband Internet connection and a valid Microsoft account, users must own a supported device to enjoy Microsoft Movies & TV.
- Microsoft Movies & TV app
- Windows 10.X
- Xbox One
- Xbox 360
- Xbox Video app
- Windows 8.X/RT PCs and tablets
- Windows phone 8.X
- Web player
If you don’t have a supported device, you can stream Microsoft Movies & TV online with the latest version of Microsoft Silverlight installed. Supported browsers include:
- Internet Explorer version 10 or higher
- Mozilla Firefox version 18 or higher, Google Chrome version 24 or higher
- Safari version 6.0 or higher
How much does Microsoft Movies & TV cost?
As with all video-on-demand stores, prices can vary considerably from title to title. Movies often fall in the range of $12.99 to $19.99 to buy or $4.99 to $6.99 to rent. But there are plenty of movies that fall outside that range.
TV shows span a similarly broad spectrum of pricing tiers. Individual episodes tend to stay in the $2.99 to $3.99 range, and can vary based on whether you’re streaming SD or HD. Prices for entire seasons depend on how popular the show is and how many seasons are available.
Purchased titles can be watched whenever you like, as many times as you like, while rentals must be watched within 14 days of payment. And once you hit play, you’ll only have 24 hours to watch your rental before it expires.
What can I watch with Microsoft Movies & TV?
There are thousands of movies and TV shows available through Microsoft Movies & TV, spanning everything from big-budget blockbusters to cult classics. Many titles also include bonus features similar to DVD and Blu-ray offerings, packing director’s commentary, deleted scenes and exclusive interviews with cast and crew.
For serious movie buffs, Microsoft Movies & TV also sells a number of movie bundles, making it even easier to marathon the entire Harry Potter series with Harry Potter Complete or blast through all six X-Men movies with The X-Men Collection.
Other highlights include:
- Rick and Morty
- Game of Thrones
- Dora and the Lost City of Gold with bonus content
- Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame
- Spider-Man: Far From Home
How much data does Microsoft Movies & TV use?
Both streaming and downloading video content through Microsoft Movies & TV will count against your monthly data allowance, but Microsoft does not provide hard figures for exactly how much data is consumed.
Using other streaming services as a guide, though, you can expect to chew through around 1GB of data per hour for an SD stream, and around 1.5–3GB per hour for an HD stream.
On the download side, different file compression algorithms and bit-rates mean data usage is less consistent than streaming, but on average, downloaded video content will take up slightly more space than equivalent streaming options.
Compare streaming services
If you enjoy renting the newest blockbusters, Microsoft Movies & TV has an impressive catalog. But if you’d rather pay one monthly fee to binge watch as much as you please, you’ll be better off comparing other streaming services.