Microsoft Movies & TV

Microsoft Movies & TV (Canada and the US),[2][3] or Microsoft Films & TV (UK, Ireland, 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.

Microsoft Movies & TV
TV & Movies
Movies & TV screenshot
Computer icon and screenshot of Movies & TV app in Windows 10 in light mode
OpenedOctober 16, 2012 as Xbox Video
Formatup to 4K
Catalogue400,000 films and TV shows[1]
Preview1 minute (TV Shows, and Movies) available for free


Xbox Video computer icon
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 September 17, 2015 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.

After previously being linked with Movies Anywhere in the past, Microsoft Movies & TV announced that they would be rejoining the service on August 6, 2018.[13]

Geographical availability

List of countries where Microsoft Movies & TV is active[14]
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 (June 4, 2012). "R.I.P. Zune". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  9. ^ Simpson, John (June 1, 2009). "Xbox gets 1080p video service". Engadget. AOL. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  10. ^ Warren, Tom (March 31, 2015). "Windows 10 new Music and Video apps finally drop the Xbox naming". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  11. ^ Xbox Video's official website, Microsoft, archived from the original on 4 August 2015, retrieved July 30, 2015
  12. ^ Hryb, Larry (September 17, 2015). "Xbox 360 System Update Adds New Features Including 2GB Cloud Storage". Major Nelson. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  13. ^ Moon, Tim (August 6, 2018). "Microsoft Movies & TV rejoins Movies Anywhere". Neowin.
  14. ^ "Xbox on Windows feature list". Retrieved 20 March 2014.

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Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem

The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE, LLC.) is a consortium of major film studios, consumer electronics manufacturers and retailers, networking hardware vendors, systems integrators, and Digital Rights Management (DRM) vendors. The consortium was announced in September 2008 by its president, Mitch Singer, also the chief technology officer (CTO) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. DECE was chartered to develop a set of standards for the digital distribution of premium Hollywood content. The consortium intends to create a set of rules and a back-end system for the management of those rules that will enable consumers to share purchased digital content between a domain of registered consumer electronics devices.DECE's digital locker system is named UltraViolet.Amazon, Apple, Disney, and Google are not members of DECE. In February 2014, Disney launched its own digital locker system named Keychest and an associated streaming platform named Disney Movies Anywhere. In October 2017, Disney expanded Keychest to outside studios and renamed Disney Movies Anywhere to Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere currently connects to Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play, the iTunes Store, Microsoft Movies & TV, Vudu and Xfinity

On January 30, 2019, Variety reported that DECE will shut down UltraViolet on July 31, 2019. They recommended that users connect to at least one major retailer, like Vudu, to maintain streaming rights to movies redeemed with Ultraviolet.

Groove Music

Groove Music is music player software included with Windows 10.

The app is also associated with a now-discontinued music streaming service, Groove Music Pass (formerly Zune Music Pass and Xbox Music Pass), which was supported across Windows, Xbox video game consoles, Windows Phone, as well as Android and iOS. The Groove catalogue had over 50 million tracks. Groove Music Pass was officially discontinued on December 31, 2017, and the Android and iOS versions of the Groove Music app were discontinued December 2018.

Midnight Delight (film)

Midnight Delight is an American absurdist anthology film written and directed by Rohit Gupta. It is composed of nine vignettes of characters at a smoking lounge and their antics with people they have never met before. It stars an ensemble cast and produced by Gupta and Saumin Mehta under the production company Dot and Feather Entertainment. The film is the second feature directed by Gupta, best known for Life! Camera Action... and Another Day Another Life.Midnight Delight premiered at the Cannabis Film Festival in Garberville, Humboldt County, California, where it won the "Judges Choice film of the festival" award followed by garnering various accolades and acclaim at several international film festivals. The film is considered part of the mumblecore movement. It was released on July 21, 2016, via video on demand (VOD) on various platforms including iTunes,, Google Play, Sony, Hoopla, Vimeo, Microsoft Movies & TV, Xbox. Midnight Delight is noted for its realism, concept and narrative style. On October 31, 2016 the film premiered at The Cannabis College in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Movies Anywhere

Movies Anywhere is a United States-exclusive cloud-based digital locker and over-the-top streaming platform operated by The Walt Disney Company. The service allows users to stream and download purchased films, including digital copies redeemed from codes found in home video releases as well as digital purchases from participating services. The platform provides content from Walt Disney Studios, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures. The system utilizes an internal platform known as KeyChest, which synchronizes content licenses from digital distribution platforms linked to a central user account.

Movies Anywhere was first launched on February 10, 2014 as Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) with content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars-branded films on iOS with iTunes Store integration; the service has since been extended to other platforms and storefronts, including Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, FandangoNow, and Microsoft Movies & TV, along with subscribers of the Xfinity cable service. On October 12, 2017, DMA was relaunched as Movies Anywhere, with other studios joining Disney in offering their film titles through the platform.

Movies Anywhere is a competitor to the UltraViolet platform that was deployed by other major film studios (though the latter is declining as most of those studios move to Movies Anywhere); Disney declined to back the platform, in favor of promoting KeyChest as an alternative. On January 31, 2019, the consortium behind Ultraviolet announced that it would terminate its services on July 31, 2019, though the studios remaining with Ultraviolet have yet to move to Movies Anywhere.

Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player (WMP) is a media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices. Editions of Windows Media Player were also released for classic Mac OS, Mac OS X and Solaris but development of these has since been discontinued.

In addition to being a media player, Windows Media Player includes the ability to rip music from and copy music to compact discs, burn recordable discs in Audio CD format or as data discs with playlists such as an MP3 CD, synchronize content with a digital audio player (MP3 player) or other mobile devices, and enable users to purchase or rent music from a number of online music stores.

Windows Media Player replaced an earlier application called Media Player, adding features beyond simple video or audio playback.

Windows Media Player 11 is available for Windows XP and included in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. The default file formats are Windows Media Video (WMV), Windows Media Audio (WMA), and Advanced Systems Format (ASF), and its own XML based playlist format called Windows Playlist (WPL). The player is also able to utilize a digital rights management service in the form of Windows Media DRM.

Windows Media Player 12 is the most recent version of Windows Media Player. It was released on October 22, 2009 along with Windows 7 and has not been made available for previous versions of Windows or has it been updated since for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. These later versions of Windows instead use Groove Music (for audio) and Microsoft Movies & TV (for video) as the default playback applications for most media; Windows Media Player is still included as a Windows component. Windows RT does not run Windows Media Player.

Windows Spotlight

Windows Spotlight is a feature included by default in Windows 10 that downloads pictures and advertisements automatically from Bing and displays them when the lock screen is being shown on a computer running Windows 10. Users are occasionally given an opportunity to mark whether they wish to see more or fewer images of a similar type, and sometimes the images are overlaid with links to advertisements. In 2017, Microsoft began adding location information for many of the photographs.

Xbox Games Store

Xbox Games Store (formerly Xbox Live Marketplace) is a digital distribution platform used by Microsoft's Xbox One and Xbox 360 video game consoles. The service allows users to download or purchase video games (including both Xbox Live Arcade games and full Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles), add-ons for existing games, game demos along with other miscellaneous content such as gamer pictures and Dashboard themes.

The service also previously offered sections for downloading video content, such as films and television episodes; as of late 2012, this functionality was superseded by Xbox Music and Xbox Video (now known as Groove Music and Microsoft Movies & TV respectively).

In late-2017, Xbox Store was replaced on Xbox One by Microsoft Store, as the standard digital storefront for all Windows 10 devices.

Zune software

Zune is a discontinued media management software for Microsoft Windows that functions as a full media player application with a library, an interface to the Zune Marketplace, and as a media streaming server. The software is used to sync with all devices with Zune functionality including the Zune 4, 8, 16, 30, 80, 120, Zune HD, Windows Phone 7, and Microsoft Kin. Zune devices work exclusively with the Zune software, which applies many design principles of Microsoft's Metro design language.

The software was discontinued on October 16, 2012 and replaced with the Windows Phone App (available both as desktop app and Windows Store app versions) and subsequently the "Phone Companion" App built into Windows 10 for PC, which is used for syncing with devices running Windows Phone 8 (including 8.1) and Windows 10 Mobile, respectively. The software's role as a music and video player and streaming service has been superseded by Groove Music and Microsoft Movies & TV.Zune online services were completely shut down on November 15, 2015, but the Zune software is still available for download from the Windows Phone website for use with Windows Phone 7 and Zune devices, which do not work with the newer apps designed for Windows Phone 8/8.1/Windows 10 Mobile.

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