Buying and renting videos on your Xbox 360 console

Overview

Learn how to buy and rent videos (TV programmes, movies and music videos) on your Xbox 360 console.

Solutions

How to buy or rent a movie on your Xbox console

  1. Press the Guide button on your controller, and then select Xbox Home.
  2. Select tv & movies, and then select Xbox Video.
  3. Select movies.
  4. Select one of the options to browse the available titles. For example, select Featured.
  5. Browse the titles, and then select a movie to watch.
  6. If you want to watch the movie, select Rent or Buy.

More information about renting movies

When you rent a film through Xbox Video, it's available to you for 14 days. This 14-day countdown starts when you make the purchase. When you start playing the movie, another clock starts ticking: you have a 24-hour period of time during which you can watch the movie as many times as you want.

Let's say you rent a movie at 3:00 P.M. on 1 May. If you start watching the movie at 8:00 P.M. on 5 May, your rental period expires at 8:00 P.M. on 6 May.

Note Unlike a movie that you buy, a movie that you rent must be viewed on the device it was rented for (for example, the Xbox 360 console, a computer or a Windows Phone 7).

How to buy or rent a video on your Xbox console

  1. Press the Guide button on your controller, and then select Xbox Home.
  2. Select tv & movies, and then select Xbox Video.
  3. Select TV.
  4. Select one of the options to browse the available titles. For example, select New Releases.
  5. Browse the titles, and then select something that you want to watch.
  6. If you want to watch the video, select a purchase option like Buy Season Pass or select See all episodes to review and purchase individual episodes.

Watching free TV programmes on your Xbox console

Xbox Video provides you with a great selection of the latest free TV programmes in our catalogue. You can choose from 100 episodes to watch for free.

  1. Press the Guide button on your controller, and then select Xbox Home.
  2. Select tv & movies, and then select Xbox Video.
  3. Select TV.
  4. Select Free TV.
  5. Browse the titles, and then select something that you want to watch.
  6. If you want to watch the video, select Purchase.

Watching HD TV programmes or movies

You can download and play the HD movies and videos directly from your Xbox 360 console to your HD TV using an HDMI cable, the Xbox 360 Component HD AV Cable or the Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable. Full 1080p resolution is available only with Xbox 360 and requires a 1080p-capable HD TV that is HDCP-enabled, plus an HDMI cable or the Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable.

If your home network is fast enough, you can also stream videos. With the Xbox 360 console's HDMI connection or the Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable, you can view resolutions of up to 1080p. With the Xbox 360 Component HD AV Cable, you can view resolutions of up to 720p or 1080i.

You can also watch SD (480p) videos on most TVs by using one of the following: Xbox 360 Component HD AV Cable, Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable, Xbox 360 Composite AV Cable or Xbox 360 S-Video AV Cable. The cable you must use depends on the AV input on your TV.

Streaming and downloading

When you buy or rent a video from Xbox Video, you may have to decide whether to stream or download it.

Stream to watch now

Streaming is a great option if you have a fast network and Internet connection and you want to watch the video immediately. Although any Internet connection will support downloading a video, a broadband Internet connection (cable, DSL or LAN) is recommended for Xbox Video, especially if you want to stream videos.

If you don't know if your connection is fast enough for streaming, that's okay – there's a connection test that runs before you stream a video to make sure that streaming is practical for you. Because network speeds can vary with network activity (including background downloads), this test is performed each time you stream.

If your network isn't fast enough to stream the video, you'll be notified before you confirm payment. If your network is too slow for HD streaming, you might be able to stream the SD version or simply download the title instead.

Downloading to watch later

Downloading works well when you have a slower Internet connection, when you want to make sure you get the best possible video quality from start to finish, or when your computer or device will be offline when you watch the video.

Regardless of whether a network is wired or wireless, download speeds vary by region, Internet service provider and individual network. To optimise your download speed, use a broadband Internet connection and a wired (instead of wireless) connection for Xbox Video.

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