While streaming services and digital rentals make it easy to watch all the movies you want without actually buying anything, there are still film buffs who prefer to own their favorite movies, whether via digital download or physical media like Blu-ray. With so many different services that let you buy films, it can be tough to keep track of what you bought where, and where you can play it. Movies Anywhere aims to solve this problem by sharing films purchased via multiple services, and with the addition of FandangoNow, users have even more freedom of choice.
Movies Anywhere allows purchases from select studios made through Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, and now FandangoNow to be watched via the Movies Anywhere app, including movies you have previously purchased via these services. Studios that support the service are currently Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios (encompassing Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm), 20th Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment) and Warner Bros. The service’s library offers access to nearly 7,500 films, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is available for digital purchase beginning Tuesday, March 13, two weeks before its Blu-ray release on March 27.
By connecting your accounts for each of these services, you will be able to watch your purchased films from any of the aforementioned studios on the Movies Anywhere app at any time. This also applies to physical purchases: Blu-ray and UHD Blu-rays from the involved studios often include a digital download code, and while you could just download the file, registering it with one of the above services makes for a more portable experience. As more studios join Movies Anywhere, you may even find the codes included with older purchases are now compatible with the service.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because the concept has been done before with Ultraviolet, which offers similar functionality. Many major studios support Ultraviolet, but one longtime holdout was Disney, which spurned the service in favor of developing its own service in Movies Anywhere. While the service did well enough when it was Disney-only, the addition of other studios is seeing more customers using the service.
Movies Anywhere is supported on Amazon Fire devices, Android and Android TV devices, Chromecast, iOS, Roku devices and popular browsers. For more information, see the Movies Anywhere website.