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Xbox Video service launches on the web

Xbox Video Web Service Launches

Microsoft on Wednesday launched its Xbox Video service on the web at, allowing users to watch movies and TV shows in the browser, using the Silverlight plug-in. There are “more than 300,000 movies and TV episodes” to choose from, the company announced, and they can be watched on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows 8.1 tablets and PCs, but also on other operating systems, Macs included. A Windows Phone application for the service isn’t available at this time, but the company says it’s coming soon.

The service will be available in 21 countries at first, and will store content in the cloud, allowing buyers to watch their purchases on any of the supported devices or the web. However, Xbox Video does not support HD playback at this time, but HD support will be added in the future, Microsoft told IGN. HD shows can still be purchased from the store, but they’ll only be available to watch on the Xbox One initially.

TV shows can be purchased by episode or season. A Walking Dead episode costs either $1.99 (SD) or $2.99 (HD), while the entire fourth season of the same show retails for $27.99 (SD) or $42.49 (HD). Starring Matt Damon, Elysium sells for $14.49 (SD) or $18.49 (HD) in the Xbox Video store.

For the Black Friday weekend, Microsoft already lists several deals on select movies and TV shows, including up to 50% savings on the TV Current Season Pass.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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