Xbox Video: Microsoft Movies and TV

xbox-video-featuredWith an Xbox in your home you can play, watch thousands of videos and even connect to Netflix Australia internet TV.

Xbox Video is a service similar to Apple TV, where users are able to use the platform to stream popular movies and television shows to their TV sets. The content viewed is chosen at Xbox Video, which currently has over 150,000 different shows and movies in its library.

In order to use Xbox video you will need an Xbox 360 or later game console plus Windows 8 or later on your personal computer. The service is also compatible with a Windows Phone 8 or through the official Xbox website.

Features of Xbox Video

With Xbox Video you are able to purchase television episodes and movies through their store and watch them on any of the compatible devices. You can watch purchased movies as many times as you like on the Xbox, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, or the Xbox website. New movies are usually made available before being released on DVD and television episodes the day after the original air date.

If viewing through the Xbox One or Xbox 360 you can use the voice or motion feature to navigate through the screens or control the videos. You can also run a title search in the library using Bing to make it faster.

Xbox also allows for viewers to stream video using a Netflix account. This eliminates the need for Chromecast or any other device to stream internet TV.

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Television series available through Xbox Video

In addition to movies, Australians can catch up on some of their favourite television series through the Xbox console. These include:

1. Empire
2. The Walking Dead
3. The Red Road
4. Better Call Saul
5. Modern Family
6. Keeping Up With the Kardashians
7. American Dad
8. Broad City
9. The Big Bang Theory
10. Turn: Washington’s Spies
11. Kroll Show
12. The Legend of Korra
13. Family Guy
14. Call the Midwife
15. Faking It
16. Forever
17. The Simpsons
18. The Flash
19. New Girl Sneak Peek
20. Helix
21. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
22. White Collar
23. Fairy Tail
24. Supernatural
25. Justified
26. Tosh.O
27. Sleepy Hollow
28. Wilfred
29. Glee
30. 2 Broke Girls
31. The Boondocks
32. Gang Related
33. Jormungand
34. Dates
35. Sirens
36. Last Man Standing
37. The 100

38. The Thread
39. Uncle
40. The Vampire Diaries
41. Pretty Little Liars
42. Human Universe
43. Judith Lucy is All Woman
44. Cougar Town
45. Known Universe
46. World’s Deadliest
47. Secret Life of Predators
48. Inside Combat Rescue
49. Chozen
50. Hiding
51. Heroes
52. Battlestar Galactica
53. Da Ali G Show Remixed
54. Awkward
55. Rectify
56. Inside Men
57. Chicago PD
58. Psych
59. Shameless
60. The Leftovers
61. Mom
62. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzimiya
63. Person of Interest
64. Almost Human
65. Spongebob Squarepants
66. Dragons Defenders of Berk
67. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
68. Golden Boy
69. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
70. Dallas (2012)
71. Saving Hope
72. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
73. Episodes
74. Parks and Recreation

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They have also recently added more content for the Australian audience:

  • The Night Shift
  • Silent Witness
  • The Millionaire Matchmaker
  • Gallipol
  • Empire
  • The Walking Dead
  • The Red Road
  • Fairy Tail
  • Supernatural
  • Breaking Bad
  • Archer
  • Ikki Tousen
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Chuck

You should note that this is only a partial list of the more popular television series offered through the Xbox store. Sony has deals with a number of broadcasting companies, allowing them access to hundreds of different shows. Plus, check in frequently as they constantly do add more shows and movies to their extensive library.

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How much do the television series cost through the Xbox store?

The prices will vary depending on the show and number of episodes in the season. The first season of Empire for example is $29.99 and Better Call Saul is $27.99 while the first season of Parks and Recreation is only $9.99.

You can also buy a series pass for favorite shows and receive all currently released episodes as well as those that are scheduled to be released in the future. The cost depends on the series’ popularity and number of seasons and episodes.

With movies you are given the option to rent or to buy the film. The cost is dependent on the movie, but you can rent The Hunting Games Mockingjay Part 1 for $5.99, or buy the digital version for $19.99. Movies rented or bought in HD will be priced higher.

You may find coupons and vouchers available to help offset the cost of buying an entire season of a popular series like Breaking Bad. During check-out you only need to enter that code when prompted and the discount will be deducted from your total before you are prompted to enter your payment information.

You can currently buy an Xbox One console through the Microsoft Store for $499.00. These latest editions are equipped to also allow streaming from Netflix and include a free 3 month subscription to the Internet TV provider.

Frequently asked questions

The following covers any frequently asked questions you may have about Xbox Video:

Can you download movies with Xbox video or is it only video streaming?

You can purchase series and movies and download them to a hard drive, or you can rent and have the content streamed to your device.

How can I use a Netflix subscription on my Xbox device?

You will need to sign in to your Xbox account and download the Netflix app. From the dashboard go the apps section and search for Netflix. Here you will be prompted for your account information in order to connect the two services.

Will watching videos with my Xbox count towards my data usage?

Yes, the streaming and downloading services of Xbox video are a metered  service and will count towards your data quota.

Is there a subscription cost for Xbox video?

No, this is an on-demand service where you pay per movie or series purchased. If you decide to add Netflix to your account you will be charged separately for their internet TV services.

Owning an Xbox 360 or Xbox One is a smart choice in bundling all of your viewing needs into one console. You can play video games as usual, access hundreds of movies and television shows through their online store and get internet television by downloading the Netflix app.

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