Xbox Video website goes live without HD support

Users can now watch TV shows and movies online, but not in high-definition.

Microsoft today launched the web version of Xbox Video at video.xbox.com, allowing users to watch TV shows and movies, including those they may have purchased from another Windows device.

Right now, high-definition streaming is not supported. HD streams are currently available on Xbox Video for Windows 8.1 and Xbox One. Microsoft has provided no indication as to when HD playback will be available.

The Xbox Video web portal's design is similar to the layout for Xbox Music, with search and library options positioned on the left and media playback on the right.

As for pricing, individual episodes of shows like Family Guy or The Walking Dead cost $2 each, while movies like World War Z and Star Trek: Into Darkness are available for $4-$5 to rent or more to purchase.

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103 comments
themc_7
themc_7

This is a cool service, but who's got the money to pay $2 for a 22 minute TV show? Services like Netflix are so cheap, you just can't compete. $8/month and you can watch as much as you want. For someone like me, Xbox video just doesn't seem cost effective. 

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

In terms of design and layout this looks much better than the likes of Netflix from what I can see. You can actually watch trailers for the films on this service. Also, they actually have lots of recent films too. Pity about the prices.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

cool a way to access xbox video if you rent or buy content from there but decide you want to watch on your pc but are still on windows 7. ashame there in no hd support for now but this is really no big deal as it is something i am sure they will add as there is nothing stopping them adding it later. if you want to watch hd on xbox video you can always you know watch it through xbox before or after you finish playing that game or if you have xbox one at the same time.

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

Which one of following statements are true:

a) Right now, high-definition streaming is not supported. 

b) HD streams are currently available on Xbox Video for Windows 8.1 and Xbox One. 

c) a and b

d) None of the above.

e) Who cares when Amazon and others are already doing this.

duylinhs
duylinhs

I know Xbox users can use this, but how is it related to gaming? Why a news that is largely irrelevant to us?

hahamanin
hahamanin

learn to read m o r o n s before commenting lol these comments made my day

Tee_Mal
Tee_Mal

Anyone feel like telling me why my avatar keeps changing to a shitty picture of some guys face with a weird judge dredd thing on front?

Ereheru
Ereheru

I think a lot less people would be confused with this story if Eddie mentioned in it that it had nothing to do with gaming or gaming consoles...

Xbox1SinceDay1
Xbox1SinceDay1

In this day and age, any electronic device that isnt "HD" or "Retina" is just pathetic. There is 0 excuse. 


Really regretting this user name^

kurtven
kurtven

Wow the almighty xbone 180 can't handle HD videos yet, microsoft must really be proud, they should have waited a year or five, until they were able to make it run in HD.

I don't get it, that people actually want to watch TV on a console??????

This is maybe the end of the TV's as we speak, the xbone 180 can handle it all! LOL

pszone
pszone

I feel soz for people who want watch hd TV on there console .  

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Eddie posted this? No way.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Does it matter? There are 600 other services you can use, and also these things called Blu-rays and cable boxes, to watch HD shows/movies. Including Xbox One and the same service on Xbox One.

But let's all point and laugh at something not even Microsoft customers give a fuck about.

duhNeighbour
duhNeighbour

Microsoft wants people to PAY to watch media in STANDARD DEFINITION on their website?!

Riddick123
Riddick123

I am stunned that Microsoft released a half assed application to the web.

s3as3a
s3as3a

Ladies and gentlemen ... we're proud to be introducing the new-and-amazing 60 fps at 480p!

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Reason number 24 that I am waiting to purchase the X1.... because both Microsoft and Playstation need to work out the kinks and get things working like I want them to work.

EDIT:  Check that... this is for a silly website?! Why am I going to go to an xbox domain to watch a movie in SD.  Silly, silly Microsoft.

themc_7
themc_7

@duylinhs well Xbox users make up about half the community. You don't see me bitching on a PSN page saying "how is this relevant to me?"

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@Ereheru But then Captain Clickbait would not get the desired amount of Trolls.

Pseudo-Journalism is hard.  Please respect this.  :)

cws3e
cws3e

@elegantspock this article has nothing to do with X1, its about Win7 and WInXP machines.

Slim02
Slim02

@elegantspock 

You still need a HDTV to play Xbox One any was. No HDTV no playing Xbox One...


cws3e
cws3e

@kurtven are people not reading the article  :HD streams are currently available on Xbox Video for Windows 8.1 and Xbox One"


this is talking about steam over the internet to your PC.

rasterror
rasterror

@Kristan1711 That's like posting that Sony Pictures is losing tons of money again and that one of the execs secretaries was fired when they found out she made $250,000 a year. It has nothing to do with the console and just adds fuel to the flameboy war.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Kristan1711 You win the comments. It has nothing to do with anything - just troll food.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@Grenadeh Oh great. I thought I was the only one pointing and laughing. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@PixelAddict This has nothing to do with Xbox. This is the web version, on pre-Windows 8 PCs, that does not yet support HD.

Literally no one cares. If you don't have Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, Amazon Instant Video, or Redbox already, and you were waiting on this application to use only specifically on your Windows XP/ 7 computer, and going to complain, your opinion is utterly irrelevant and no one cares.

The article explicitly says the Xbox Video service on Xbone works fine for HD. And on Windows 8.

If you honestly feel so strongly that you have to view it on your PC, and not your 27 other devices that can all do the same thing, use Netflix.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@PixelAddict Yea I think MS is trying to hard to be the everything media in your house.

themc_7
themc_7

@jtthegame316 @SingletreeAve how is B true? the article starts off by saying Xbox one doesn't have HD streams, and then it says HD streams are available on Xbox one.

duylinhs
duylinhs

@themc_7 @duylinhs It isn't related to gaming, it only remotely related to Xbox One because this service is available for all microsoft device owners who have purchased their stuffs and want to watch it on PC. If this is "Microsoft Spot" then yes. In addition you indirectly branded me as "PS support" without know whether I actually am one or not (I don't even own a piece of electronics belong to Sony and I have a 360). This community have went down hill that's for sure 

hahamanin
hahamanin

@cws3e @Xbox1SinceDay1 as usual no one reads nowadays basically articles should just have a headline and the comment section and nothing else

kurtven
kurtven

@sofalover Wow you have an imagination, that is so good for you.

you may be the luckiest person alive

sofalover
sofalover

@kurtven @pszone I feel sorry for people who can't read, not really I rejoice in retards inability to comprehend a few lines in an article.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@RicanV @Grenadeh It's funny how when blu-ray was the only advantage Sony kids had on their console, it was the shit, but now that both consoles have blu-ray, they act like BD doesn't exist.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@Grenadeh Well... that escalated quickly.

I know it's the web-based service; I even made an edit in my post.  Then we got side-tracked on other, valid concerns regarding devices and the demands on my dollars/attention.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@RicanV  True.  And I'm a willing participant if the quality is worth the price.  That whole "value" thing everyone keeps talking about.

But I don't do anything in SD anymore.  That's just silly talk.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

Because you can have hd streams on xbox video on xbox. Just not on the website

sofalover
sofalover

@kurtven Yes I'm also gifted with the ability to read and comprehend the article without getting it completely wrong.  I know you are probably just lashing out because you're embarrassed but the article has nothing to do with the Xbox one. Imagine that bitch.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@PixelAddict @RicanV When a company sells a console that can do everything, beat my PC's performance, and it comes with a legit tablet where I can access strategy guides or BF4 commander app or SmartGlass or stuff like that and it actually ties into the system - like for example I could open a map of the collectible items in a game, press a number on that map, and it would add a waypoint to my in game map, then that will be the day.

But at the moment , like you said, I'm also using more devices than I ever have before. 

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@PixelAddict @RicanV That's one of my concerns. Sony said that in the future they were looking at being more of a service. 

Does that mean I'm going to be streaming Naughty Dog games only from my TV?

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@RicanV  Right.  It seems that all of these guys (including Sony, Apple, etc) want to be the one hub, but I find myself using more devices now than I did last year or the year before.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@PixelAddict I'd participate as well, the idea of having one hub for everything is great. Unfortunately, nothing has come across yet that could service that. The problem is technology evolves REALLY fast and if your product caters to technology even from yesterday, it's old and SD is like a dinosaur.