Disney expands its Movies Anywhere digital locker service, signs four major studios


Also, customers will be able to redeem "digital copy codes" found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages to watch their movie of choice through the service. Movies Anywhere is a Disney-owned entity that "operates independently with input from an advisory committee with members from each of the participating studios".

A new service launched late yesterday promises to make streaming your favorite purchased movies easier by putting them all in one place.

But now a bunch of big Hollywood studios have joined forces to create a new digital movie locker called Movies Anywhere. With Thursday's launch of Movies Anywhere, the free app/website provides access to almost 7,500 titles from the five studios through digital retailers Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu. However, you have the option of opting out of video-data sharing with participating studios and Movies Anywhere service providers.

An expansion of Disney's solo Movies Anywhere service, the platform will soon include titles from Universal, Sony, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Since this service was limited to Disney's movies, it didn't reach lots of consumers. In addition, as of press times, there is now an issue preventing the service from linking to VUDU accounts, but this is expected to be fixed by 10AM PT. Movies Anywhere are softening the blow by offering two free movies when you connect the first service to the platform and three additional movies when you add a second service.

"The magic really happens when you link to retailer accounts because you get to see that whole collection come through", said Gilford via Variety. Meaning that if the movies in your various digital libraries are among the 7,300 available on Movies Anywhere, they can be in all of your libraries at once. Movies Anywhere aims to do what UltraViolet couldn't: provide a single destination for titles purchased nearly anywhere. All it takes it downloading the Movies Anywhere app or logging into the website. It allowed you to buy a movie once and watch it on various platforms, such as a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast or your phone, but only supported Disney movies. That means you can buy a title from Google Play using your Google Play account information without leaving the Movies Anywhere app. It's a comprehensive list, though Paramount and Lionsgate are notably absent.