Films & TV content

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After making a bad life choice, and having over 50 films bought through Microsoft, I know also see the coming writing on the wall for this service. About half of these films are films I bought for my kids, and some are their favorites. Apart form re-buying them on Amazon or Google, is there a way to get them off the PC in an encrypted format, so I can put them on a hard drive and play through the Xbox One?

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8 responses to “Films & TV content”

  1. Paul Thurrott

    Not a legal way, no.


    Are you able to use Movies Anywhere where you live? And if so, what percentage of the content is available elsewhere?

    • StevenLayton

      In reply to paul-thurrott: Hi Paul. I'm in the UK, and don't think I can sign up for Movies Anywhere (I just tried). The half of the films that are mine, I'm not too bothered if I lost them. Of the half that I bought for the kids, there are about 10 films that the kids would miss.


  2. lecter

    I think even for re-buying them Amazon is actually your only choice, as the other major VOD providers (Google & Apple) don't even have Xbox apps...although with how speedily Microsoft moves with opening or shutting any service, maybe it might be easiest to just wait it out? By the time they decide to shut it down, you might have Movies Anywhere in the UK :)

  3. simont

    The illegal way would just to download a torrent of the movies that you own and put them on the xbox. Not really legal but you did pay for them.

  4. StevenLayton

    @simont That's the problem isn't it, I don't actually own the movies . What I pay my £15 for was to access them online, through Microsoft. If I'd have spend £15 on the Blu-ray, I would have owned it, and this wouldn't be a problem.


    @lecter I think that is my plan. I'm going to not do anything for the moment, as I don't currently need to rush into anything just yet, I guess. If and when Microsoft pull out of Film and TV services, they might offer some sort of migration offer to another service, just as they did with Groove > Spotify. That would be the time to make my decisions.

  5. manzo

    I'm not convinced they will ditch this service, I think that it forms a small, but important, part of the Xbox platform. I've got no plans to stop buying things from them yet (bought the whole of Game of Thrones last week).


    However, if Books is anything to go by, there's a good chance that we'll get refunds if they do ditch it, so I'd just re-buy them.


    So I wouldn't worry about it at the moment, I think you'll be fine either way.

  6. Lordbaal

    TV and movies are so integrated in the Xbox. People like to watch movies on a big screen. So I wouldn't listen to Paul on this one, I don't think it's going anywhere.

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