Store your movies in one pace in the digital world, a great way of building a library of content, and watch them when and where you want. For several years now, you have been owning your own DVD and Blu-rays which have to deal with, but as with things in life, it just isn’t as simple as we would like.
Now that Disney has been the only Hollywood studio with a digital movie locker worth using, but a host of other third-party industry heavyweight have jumped on board to launch an expanded version of the service called Movies Anywhere. UltraViolet, RIP.
Movies Anywhere is something worth checking out. It’s both a cloud-based digital locker and a one-stop-shop app. Customers connect Movies Anywhere to their iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, or Vudu accounts. It was earlier and now, all of the eligible movies which you have purchased through the aforementioned retailers appear as part of your Movies Anywhere library.
How? Given the fact that Movies Anywhere app works across a number of platforms, it basically allows them to take their digital film library with them no matter what device or operating system they’re using on.
Before we go forward explaining the situation, we have to say something very worthy. Owning movies in iTunes is pretty different to buying movies via Google Play Movies, and having both libraries of content available on the one device can be something of a nightmare. That is what Movies Anywhere is trying to fix now, and if it offers what it claims to, it might just have managed it perfectly.
The new app is quite similar to the functionality previously offered by Disney Movies Anywhere, which originally launched in 2014. While the new service is built upon the same digital rights system architecture, dubbed “Keychest,” that Disney developed for its original service. Only difference in big here is the selection. Warner Bros., Universal, Sony Pictures, and Twentieth Century Fox have all signed on to Movies Anywhere. Along with Disney’s films, that gives the service a launch library of more than 7,300 titles.
The program aims to take content from all the iTunes Store and Google Play Movies, as well as VUDU and Amazon Instant Video, in order to offer it up in a easy to use app. While the Movies Anywhere app is only available in the United States right now, which has content from the likes of Disney, Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal and Warner Bros.
Today, we’re taking it one step further by adding support for Movies Anywhere, allowing you to join your movie libraries from Google Play, Amazon, iTunes and Vudu into a single library that you can access on any of your devices, regardless of where the purchase was originally made. Available first in the US, just connect your accounts using the new Movies Anywhere app or on the Movies Anywhere website, and all the movies you’ve purchased from Disney, Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal and Warner Bros. will be available for you to watch on Google Play.
According to Karin Gilford, general manager for Movies Anywhere, conversations have also been ongoing with studios like Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate, though as of now they’re not part of the initiative.
Movies Anywhere is offering a pretty sweet sign up deal. As if the prospect of having all of your content with you anywhere, no matter the device, was not enough. If you simply link two or more of your existing libraries through the free Android and iOS app, you’ll be able to get copies of Big Hero 6, Ice Age, Jason Bourne (2016), Ghostbusters, and The Lego Movie completely free.
With Movies Anywhere Final Blow, Puts An End To UltraViolet
The launch of Movies Anywhere should be the merciful, put an end to one of the entertainment industry’s first attempt at putting together a comprehensive digital locker service, UltraViolet. This service however, is failed due to poor customer experience and lack of adoption on the part of big digital retailers like Apple. It seems like Movies Anywhere team have learned from UltraViolet’s mistakes, as well as Disney’s previous successes.
The most important components inside Movies Anywhere is simply the number of platforms supported. The promise of “buy once, watch anywhere” only works if a customer’s preferred device supports the service in question.
The Movies Anywhere app will be available for iPhone, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Amazon Fire devices, and as part of Roku’s offerings. Otherwise, it will also support Chromecast, and titles will also watchable through their service’s standalone website. The brief demo of the Movies Anywhere app looked sleek and well-designed. Purchases made from the Google Play store on one device showed up in the Movies Anywhere library of another nearly instantly. And on an Android tablet the app’s interface called to mind the glossy look of Netflix’s latest UI.
Another key factor is to be the ability to purchase new movies. The Movies Anywhere app is clearly intended to be the one-stop space that consumers go to first on their devices in order to get maximum selection. Instead, Movies Anyhwere will let customers buy movies directly, using the customer’s retailer of choice to complete the process.
Android users will have the ability to purchase from Google Play, Amazon, or VUDU; but those with Apple iOS devices will only be able to purchase from iTunes, unless they head over to a browser to purchase from a competitor directly.
Titles will be streamed and also they can be downloaded for offline viewing. There are playback and registered device limitations. Secondary accounts are supported, which can be locked down via ratings, so parents can hand off a tablet without worrying that their 8-year-old watch Goodfellas instead of The Good Dinosaur.
Movies Anywhere will also be offering comprehensive support for redemption codes, so any Blu-rays or DVDs that come with codes for UltraViolet or Disney Movies Anywhere copies will also work with this new service. It looks like Movies Anywhere is the best attempt yet. Those interested in trying it out for themselves can simply sign up now at the Movies Anywhere official website here.
Once signed up, you can watch content on iOS, Apple TV, Android TV, Android, Amazon Fire devices and more using the app available on their respective app stores.