If you recently moved from Windows 7 to Windows 10, you’ll notice that there are a lot of exciting new apps and features available. One of those is the Movies & TV universal app. Here’s a look at what it is, the features it contains, and how to rent or purchase a movie (or TV show) and watch it on any of your Windows 10 devices.
The timing of this article is to coincide with Microsoft’s 10 Days of 10 Cent Deals that gives you quality movie rentals for only 10 cents each day from the Windows 10 Store.
Using the Windows 10 Movies or TV App
Launch the Windows Store and either select a featured movie or search for the one you want. For this article, I’m going to use the classic Office Space since I can’t get enough about TPS Reports.
In addition to reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, you can watch a trailer for the movie, and there click to rent or buy it in high or standard def.
Scroll down a bit and you can look at the cast and crew and see other related movie suggestions.
When you click on any of the actors, you’ll be brought to another page that shows all of the movies or TV shows they have starred in. For example, here I selected Jennifer Aniston and got the list shown below.
After deciding to rent or purchase a movie or TV show, you’ll need to choose whether you want to stream or download it. You’ll need to decide this based on your connection speed. Or, maybe you want to download the flick if you’re heading on a trip where there is no internet connectivity.
Next, you’ll be asked to reenter your Microsoft account password. After signing in, you’ll get an option to have Windows remember your password, so you don’t have to sign in each time.
Using this option is a time saver if you’re the sole owner of your PC. However, on a shared family computer, you probably don’t want to use it.
The next step is to select your payment method. Here you can use your Microsoft account that provides Bing Rewards when using Bing as your default search engine. There are several offers when using Bing, including one we covered previously: Get Ad-free Outlook.com by Using Bing Rewards.
That’s it. It’s worth noting that Microsoft only allows 14 days to watch the movie from the rental date, and only 24 hours to finish it once you’ve started.
Watch Your Movie and TV Collection on Windows 10 Devices
Now you’re ready to watch your movie or TV show. Open the built-in Movies & TV app and navigate to your library.
Your movies or TV shows (and other Windows Store items, i.e. games or music) will be available on all of your devices running Windows 10, too. You can watch them on your PC or tablet, Windows 10 Phone, or updated Xbox One.
At the time of this writing, you’ll only be able to watch your videos on other Windows 10 devices. Unlike Microsoft’s Groove Music which is available on Android and iOS, the Windows & TV app isn’t.
You can access the movies and TV store via the web. If you log in, you can access your movie and TV collection, but there isn’t a web player yet. When you try to play content from the internet, you’ll be prompted to open the Movies & TV app.