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Xbox Video for Windows 8.1 PCs and Tablets Gains MKV Format Support

Supporting new file formats has started to become something of a standard for Microsoft in its new direction, and we’re seeing more of this with the new update to Xbox Video on Windows 8.1, which echoes a Windows 10 Technical Preview update in October.

The update, which was first detailed here(via), adds MKV file support to Xbox Video for PCs and tablets.

MKV files are actually multimedia container formats that can incorporate audio, video, and subtitles into a single file even if they use a different type of encoding. For instance, you could have a MKV file using VP8 video with Vorbis audio, or more commonly, using H.264 for video and something like MP3 or AAC for audio. MKV container files were also designed to be future proof, meaning that the files would not become outdated.

Check out the full changelog below:

  • A fix that makes our Spotlight section more robust
  • A fix for an issue that caused the Rent button to appear when viewing TV series and shows
  • A fix for an issue that was causing file metadata to appear in the video title in your collection
  • Fixes for two issues in deeplinking to content within Xbox Video from other apps (the movie details page and playing trailers, specifically)

Download the new Xbox Video via the Windows Store and post your thoughts on the update in the comments below.

Josh Robert Nay

Author: Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower and the Editor in Chief of Pocket And PC. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing and is also an aspiring violinist.

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