Why won't Windows 8 (metro) play a digital download .wmv?

Am I missing something here? Every digital download I've tried errors out in everything I try to play it back in. None of the 3rd party players will play them either.

With Video I get error 0xc101a24b. The 3rd party metro players simply say "cannot play file". These files will open on desktop WMP, but that doesn't help with a Surface device.