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Movies Anywhere Launches, Are Our Streaming Woes Over?

All of your digital movies in one place. A dream come true.
By  · Published on October 12th, 2017

All of your digital movies in one place. A dream come true.

Everyone loves the idea of the digital copy. When you buy a Blu-ray not only do you get high-quality video from a physical disc but in this age of streaming, you also get a digital copy. The problem comes when you have to actually claim that digital copy. These problems range from codes that can’t all be redeemed in the same place, your digital library is split up between multiple different services that not every streaming device supports [iTunes digital copies only work with Apple TV and Apple products], and just an overly complicated system. Movie studios have certainly never made it easy to claim digital copies and most of them probably end up in the garbage. Movies Anywhere will try to change all that and make owning digital movies a little less frustrating.

Movies Anywhere promise everything the other platforms have promised in the past, but everyone is on board with this service.  That’s right, every company is in on Movies Anywhere including Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu. All of your digital movies in one place. According to Ars Technica, this is accomplished not only through various partnerships, but a digital rights system architecture (called Keychest) that Disney developed for their Disney Movies Anywhere service.

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There are still some holdouts when it comes to movie studios though. Movies Anywhere feature movies from Walt Disney Studios (which includes Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm), Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. Entertainment. The studios that have not yet joined include Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate. Currently none of those films from those studios are available through the service, but hopefully, Movies Anywhere takes off and forces their hand.

If you want to make purchases through the app that is available as well. The service will list a movie available on the service and then you can select a retailer to buy it from. The Movies Anywhere app will also be available on multiple streaming devices including Apple TV, Roku, Android, iOS, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire. This isn’t the first attempt to combine all the different services under one umbrella. The service Ultraviolet promised the same idea, but without support from Disney and Apple, it never really took off.

Yes, you will have to sign up for one more streaming service. 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. Those movies include Ice Age, Ghostbusters (2016), Jason Bourne, Big Hero 6, and The Lego Movie. Claiming and managing digital movies is one of the most aggravating endeavors. Movies Anywhere hope to make the whole process a lot easier.

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