Disney this week introduced Movies Anywhere, an all-in-one film viewing service for the web, mobile devices, and Apple TV. The free service allows you to view all of your purchased movies in one location, regardless of where they were first purchased.
At launch, Movies Anywhere is being supported by five studios, including Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. Entertainment. It works with four providers, Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu accounts.
After setting up your account, you can view content from their original location or through Movies Anywhere. The service also supports digital copy codes that often come with Blu-ray and DVD discs.
Movies Anywhere shouldn’t be confused with a similar service called Disney Movies Anywhere. With that service, you can watch owned Disney content across multiple platforms including iOS, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android, Roku, and more.*
For a limited time, Movies Anywhere is offering five free movies to new users. If you authenticate your Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, or Vudu account, you’ll receive a digital copy of “Ghostbusters” (2016) and “Ice Age.” When you add a second service to the same account, you’ll get “Big Hero 6,” “Jason Bourne” and “The LEGO Movie.”
Hopefully, Disney will persuade other studios to join Movies Anywhere. If they do, maybe we’ll finally see all of our purchased movies in one place.
* Since publishing, Disney noted that Disney Movies Anywhere is no more, explaining in emails to users:
We wanted to let you know that Disney Movies Anywhere has expanded its list of participating studios to include Disney, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal, and Warner Bros. As a result, the service has rebranded to Movies Anywhere.
As Disney Movies Anywhere transitions to Movies Anywhere, you’ll need to create a new Movies Anywhere account in the Movies Anywhere iOS app or at the Movies Anywhere website before you can reconnect it to your Apple ID.
Once you create a Movies Anywhere account, all of your eligible movies previously purchased from iTunes will automatically be added to your Movies Anywhere collection. You don’t have to create a new account to continue to watch movies from your iTunes library, including any that were added as part of Disney Movies Anywhere. For more details, visit Movies Anywhere or see our support page.