Movies Anywhere is a cloud-based digital locker and OTT streaming platform run by The Walt Disney Group. It is a platform where you can enjoy the biggest blockbusters from major networks. It combines your movie libraries into one. Most of us get tired by the task of navigating different streaming networks and accounts.
I personally prefer to have movies and shows organized on one platform. That’s where Movies Anywhere comes in. It may not have its own content but it does have a library filled with content from supported networks. So, if you have content on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes or Vudu, you can sync it with Movies Anywhere and you’ll have everything on this network.
Movies Anywhere – A digital bridge between vendor and consumer
Most of the movies you purchase online can be put on one platform thereby eliminating the need to log in to different platforms. That makes Movies Anywhere a digital bridge between online vendors (Content Providers) and content consumers (You and Me). So far, Movies Anywhere can sync with the platforms mentioned above along with networks such as Microsoft, Xfinity TV, and FandangoNOW.
Backed by Major Studios
Movies Anywhere is backed by leading studios such as Universal, Disney, Fox, Sony and Warner Bros. Due to this partnership, any film produced by these studios will appear in the app, whether you purchased the movie or not. Not only do all these movies get synced with the Movies Anywhere app but also with other partner networks.
How does Movies Anywhere model work?
It’s quite simple. The digital movies you purchase or the codes you redeem will allow you to watch movies across all the platforms mentioned above. Thus, your iTunes movies can be watched on Android and your Vudu movies can be streamed via Apple TV.
Movies Anywhere was first launched in the year 2014 as part of the Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) project with content boasting from Marvel, Disney, Pixar, iTunes Store. Later new platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNOW, Microsoft, Google Play Movies & TV, and Vudu along with Verizon Fios TV and Xfinity subscribers were added to the mix. In 2017, DMA was relaunched as Movies Anywhere offering content from Disney and other partner networks.
There’s not much to complain about the design. I like it. It’s simple and quite colorful. From subtle fonts to movie collection banners, everything is minimalistic and straight forward. I love the blue and purple color tones throughout the website inspired by its logo.
If you check the website’s homepage banner, there’s a clean and minimal design with supporting text. From the banner itself, you can make out that the platform is powered by major studios. On the left, there’s a CTA button which says ‘’Join-Now Free’’ with subtext – ‘Open to US residents 13+’.
At the top, there are three categories available – Explore, Redeem and My Movies. If you click on explore, you’d be taken a new page which has a focal movie banner followed by categories such as New Releases, Daily Deals, Game Over, Holiday Action, From the Earth to the Stars, Chillout with Family, Exclusives and more.
If you click on Redeem Tab you’ll be directed towards a dark page with grey texts. This has to be the dullest page on the entire website. There’s a rectangular box in which you are required to add your digital code. Once you add the code, you can click on Redeem to complete the process.
If you don’t know how to redeem, there are steps mentioned below the redeem button.
As mentioned earlier, joining Movies Anywhere is free. If you’re from the US and above 13 years, you can sign-up easily. Most of the people who aren’t well-versed with the sign-up process find it to be really troublesome. Thus, I’d like to simplify the process for you.
You can Sign-up using your Facebook, Google or your email account. Once you sign-up, you will be asked to link the two accounts.
Remember, if you’ve signed up using your Amazon, iTunes, Xfinity, Vudu, FandangoNOW or Microsoft account, you don’t need this app yet. However, if you want all your digital assets in one place, here’s how you can add accounts manually:
– Visit MoviesAnywhere.com from your browser
– Sign-up if you haven’t done it yet
– Click on the user profile on the top right-hand corner
– Click on Manage Retailers
– Click on Connect to link individual accounts
– Enter the account credentials to provide permission to complete the connection
Once you’re done with this process, all your digital movies will appear under the My Movies category. Before we move towards content, I’d like to point out that not every movie is available on Movies Anywhere. For instance, Paramount is not yet a streaming partner, thus, if you buy a Paramount movie via Vudu that will not appear in your My Movies list.
In this particular category, I’d like to talk about how content syncs. Based upon personal experience, I bought Avengers Infinity War on iTunes, and as soon as I linked my account through Movies Anywhere, I was able to watch the same movie on Google Play, Vudu and Amazon apps. Thus, it makes content available across all major networks and provides you the ability to stream on a variety of media players such as Android phones and Roku players to name a few.
– Apple iTunes
– Xfinity (for Xfinity TV subscribers only)
– Google Play Movies and TV
– Microsoft (Xbox and Windows 10)
You can shop for movies from any of the above platforms and regardless of the app or the device, you can play the movie.
Movie studios on board
– Sony Pictures
– Warner Bros.
– Twentieth Century Fox
Even though Lionsgate, Paramount and MGM/UA are still to get on board, there are still over 1000+ titles that you can enjoy on Movies Anywhere. Some of the titles that you miss because of the above studios not being a part of the network include Kirk and Spock, Godfather, Mission Impossible and Indiana Jones to name a few.
4K Experience depends upon your device
Movies Anywhere support 4K. Watching movies in 4K quality is quite straightforward. All of it actually depends upon the hardware on which you’re streaming. So, it can be a 4K movie but if your Android phone doesn’t support 4K yet, you won’t be able to enjoy the 4K experience. Basically, if you purchased a Movie in 4K and are streaming Movies Anywhere in a device that doesn’t support 4K, it’ll show up at 1080p max. Thus, it’s crucial that you switch to a digital device that supports 4K.
Movies Anywhere is the front end of the film library. If there’s a film you haven’t bought yet and would like to watch it on Movies Anywhere, you can click the buy option and it will show you the video with its vendors.
Apart from these devices, there are apps available for Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Amazon Fire Tablets and Chromecast as well. It works seamlessly on major web browsers on MAC and PCs. Though there’s no gaming console support yet, Disney is working on improving its compatibility.
How many screens can I stream with Movies Anywhere at once?
You can get up to four streams at once. All viewers can watch different films at once through Movies Anywhere. As for the same title, you can only stream a maximum of two streams.
Can I restrict the movies my kids have access to?
Similar to Netflix, you can set up profiles for family members. Each of these profiles can be diversified through watch by age rating. Thus, if you have children and want to assign them a profile, you can limit them to PG, G, PG-13, R and all. Doing so will make the age-restricted movies disappear. You can even tap on “Lock Profile” on your device to keep the content restricted.
Plans & Pricing – Movies Anywhere is Free to Join
You can sign-up on the website for free.
Suggestions I have for Movies Anywhere
Movies Anywhere is doing a great job expanding its unique content libraries. If they add gaming consoles compatibility, there’s not much they need to do.
Personally, I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t try this service. Especially, if you have purchased a movie on any of the platforms mentioned above, you should totally try Movies Anywhere.