How to Watch Movies on Xbox One

Play Blu-rays, DVDs, or use one of the Xbox's many media apps

With an Xbox One, you can watch movies through a variety of media, including Blu-ray discs and DVDs. You can stream your favorite shows and movies through apps like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO Max, or you can rent or purchase titles directly from the Microsoft Store. If you want to relax with your favorite film, follow this guide to learn how to watch movies on Xbox One.

Watch Blu-rays and DVDs on Xbox One

Some say physical media like Blu-ray and DVD are headed the way of the dodo; others still cling to their large disc collections or insist on the superior quality of Blu-ray. Either way, here is how you can play Blu-ray discs and DVDs on your Xbox One.

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The Xbox One is not compatible with the HD-DVD format.

  1. Download the Blu-ray Player app from the Xbox One store. It is a free app from Microsoft that will allow you to play physical discs.

    The Store can be accessed to the right of the Xbox Home screen. Simply search for the term "Blu-ray," then select and download Blu-ray Player.

  2. Once the Blu-ray Player app is installed, insert your Blu-ray disc or DVD into the front of the Xbox One.

  3. Select the previously installed Blu-ray Player app to launch it

  4. Your disc will start and you can now begin watching your movie.

Xbox One Controls For the Blu-ray Player App

Listed below are the basic controls that can be used when watching a Blu-ray disc or DVD with the Blu-ray Player app on Xbox One.

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  • Play/Pause: X Button
  • Skip Back One Chapter: Left Bumper
  • Skip Forward One Chapter: Right Bumper
  • Fast Forward: Right Trigger
  • Rewind: Left Trigger
  • Display On-Screen Controls: B Button

Watch Streaming Media on Xbox One

In addition to watching physical media, you can stream content from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO max, among others.

If you don't mind commercials, apps like Crackle and Tubi offer many free movies.

  1. Open the Store to the right of the Xbox Home Screen.

  2. Use the Search option to find the streaming service you would like to download, such as Netflix or Hulu.

  3. Select and download the app.

  4. Once downloaded, launch the app on Xbox One and sign in with your login credentials if you have them. Otherwise, select the option to sign up for the service.

  5. Begin using the streaming app to search for and watch movies.

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Purchase or Rent Movies From Xbox Video

If you don't have a physical disc or don't want to sign up for a streaming service, you can rent or purchase movies from the official Xbox Video store. Purchasing a movie will store it in your digital library, while renting one will only make it available for a limited time.

  1. Open the Xbox Store to the right of the Xbox Home Screen.

  2. Use the Search option to find the movie you wish to purchase or rent.

  3. Select the movie from the list.

  4. Choose to either Purchase or Rent the movie.

  5. Begin watching your movie.

    You may need to wait a few minutes for the film to at least partially download before you can watch it.

You can also rent or purchase movies on the Xbox One through the Microsoft Store.