Purchased video content won’t work on Windows Phone 7 after February 2014
The desktop Zune client could easily go down as one of the greatest desktop applications of all time. It was loved by many for its modern interface, features, and operability with Windows Phone 7. Unfortunately, Microsoft decided to unify its entertainment offerings under the Xbox branding, which is why we now have Xbox Music and Xbox Video. Zune still lives though, it’s essential to users who are still on Windows Phone 7.x or those hanging onto their legacy Zune devices. Sadly, video won’t work after February of 2014.
Emails are going out to customers that don’t bode well for anyone hanging onto some old Zune devices. Here’s what it says:
That’s a big bummer if you regularly used your device for video. They go onto to say in the email that you can enjoy your video content at through your browser, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows 8 and 8.1 PC, and Windows Phone. Hopefully we’ll be seeing Xbox Video on Windows Phone before late February.
Earlier this summer, Microsoft phased out rental support for the Zune Marketplace.
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Case in point - if you buy one of those Blu-ray videos that comes with a digital copy, they are valid only for a certain time. Just the other day I tried to activate a Digital Copy for a Harry Potter movie we have on DVD, and the code had expired last year. No matter that I paid for it. THANKS HOLLYWOOD!
At least the music industry figured out the solution eventually: just charge more and sell it without the frikin DRM.