Microsoft Movies & TV

Movies & TV

Computer icon and screenshot of Movies & TV app in Windows 10 in light mode
Opened October 16, 2012 (2012-10-16)
Format 1080p
Catalogue 400,000 films and TV shows[1]
Preview 1 minute (TV Shows, and Movies) available for free
Streaming Yes

Movies & TV (Canada and the US),[2][3] or Films & TV (UK, Australia, and New Zealand),[4][5] previously Xbox Video and Zune Video, is a digital video service developed by Microsoft that offers full HD movies and TV shows available for rental or purchase in the Video Store.[6] The service is available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows 8 and later, and Windows Phone 8 and later.[7] Movies & TV is also accessible on the web.

Zune Video Marketplace was released in 2006, and was replaced by Xbox Video on October 14, 2012. Renamed Movies & TV in 2015, the service is Microsoft's answer to and competes more directly with similar online video stores including PlayStation Video, iTunes Store, Google Play Movies & TV, and Amazon Video.


The original emblem of Xbox Video.

Xbox Live Marketplace's original video store was replaced by Zune Marketplace on September 15, 2009.[8]

At E3 2009, Microsoft announced their 1080p streaming video service, which allows users to stream video over an internet connection.[9] 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.

With the launch of Windows 10, Xbox Video appears under the name of Film & TV in the apps, with the shopping for the content merged into the Windows Store as a whole as part of Microsoft's universal apps initiative.[10] However the name and branding of Xbox Video remains active on all the previous platforms and the official website.[11]

On 17 September, with a system update for the Xbox 360, the name of the app changed to reflect the new branding.[12] The Xbox One app had also changed in a previous update.

Geographical availability

List of countries where Microsoft Movies & TV is active[13]
Country Movies Store TV Store Closed Captioning
 Australia Yes Yes No
 Austria Yes Yes No
 Belgium Yes No No
 Brazil Yes Yes No
 Canada Yes Yes No
 Denmark Yes Yes No
 Finland Yes Yes No
 France Yes Yes No
 Germany Yes Yes No
 Ireland Yes Yes No
 Italy Yes Yes No
 Japan Yes Yes No
 Mexico Yes Yes No
 Netherlands Yes Yes No
 New Zealand Yes Yes No
 Norway Yes Yes No
 Spain Yes Yes No
 Sweden Yes Yes No
  Switzerland Yes Yes No
 United Kingdom Yes Yes No
 United States Yes Yes Yes


  1. Viswav, Pradeep (29 April 2015). "Microsoft Reveals More Details About The New Revamped Windows Store Windows 10.". Microsoft-News.
  2. Microsoft Movies & TV, Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  3. Movies & TV – Apps on Windows, Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  4. Microsoft Films & TV, Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  5. Films & TV – Apps on Windows, Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  6. Your movies, Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  7. Makuch, Eddie (9 September 2013). "Xbox Music app hits iOS, Android". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  8. Wingfield, Nick (4 June 2012). "R.I.P. Zune". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  9. Simpson, John (1 June 2009). "Xbox gets 1080p video service". Engadget. AOL. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  10. Warren, Tom (31 March 2015). "Windows 10 new Music and Video apps finally drop the Xbox naming". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  11. Xbox Video's official website, Microsoft, retrieved 30 July 2015
  12. Hryb, Larry (17 September 2015). "Xbox 360 System Update Adds New Features Including 2GB Cloud Storage". Major Nelson. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  13. "Xbox on Windows feature list". Retrieved 20 March 2014.

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